Step | Formula / Calculation | Reasoning | Result |
---|---|---|---|

1 | \tan(\theta) = \frac{T_{\text{horizontal}}}{T_{\text{vertical}}} | Relationship between tension components and angle | – |

2 | \tan(\theta) = \frac{m \cdot a}{m \cdot g} | Expressing tension components in terms of mass and acceleration | – |

3 | a = g \cdot \tan(\theta) | Calculating the train’s acceleration | 7.39 m/s² |

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- Statistics

Advanced

Mathematical

GQ

The steepest street in the world is Baldwin Street in Dunedin, New Zealand. It has an inclination angle of 38.0° with respect to the horizontal. Suppose a wooden crate with a mass of 25.0 kg is placed on Baldwin Street. An additional force of 59 N must be applied to the crate perpendicular to the pavement in order to hold the crate in place. If the coefficient of static friction between the crate and the pavement is 0.599, what is the magnitude of the frictional force?

- Inclines, Linear Forces

Advanced

Mathematical

GQ

A horizontal 300 N force pushes a 40 kg object across a horizontal 10 meter frictionless surface. After this, the block slides up a 20° incline. Assuming the incline has a coefficient of kinetic friction of 0.4, how far along the incline with the object slide?

- 1D Kinematics, Friction, Inclines, Linear Forces

Intermediate

Conceptual

MCQ

Why do raindrops fall with constant speed during the later stages of their descent?

- Linear Forces

Beginner

Mathematical

GQ

A skydiver reaches a terminal velocity of 55.0 m/s. At terminal velocity, the skydiver no longer accelerates. The mass of the skydiver and her equipment is 87.0 kg. What is the force of friction acting on her?

- Linear Forces

Intermediate

Conceptual

MCQ

A truck of mass 3500 kg hits the back of a small car of mass 1400 kg. Which car exerted more force on the other and why?

- Linear Forces

Intermediate

Mathematical

GQ

A 0.5 mm wire made of carbon and manganese can just barely support the weight of a 70.0 kg person that is holding on vertically. Suppose this wire is used to lift a 45.0 kg load. What maximum vertical acceleration can be achieved without breaking the wire?

- Elevators, Linear Forces

Advanced

Mathematical

GQ

A 2,000 kg car collides with a stationary 1,000 kg car. Afterwards, they slide 6 m before coming to a stop. The coefficient of friction between the tires and the road is 0.7. Find the initial velocity of the 2,000 kg car before the collision?

- 1D Kinematics, Energy, Linear Forces, Momentum

Intermediate

Mathematical

GQ

The heaviest train ever pulled by a single engine was over 2 \, \text{km} long. A force of 1.13 \times 10^5 \, \text{N} is needed to get the train to start moving. If the coefficient of static friction is 0.741 and the coefficient of kinetic friction is .592 , what is the train’s mass?

- Friction, Linear Forces

Intermediate

Mathematical

MCQ

A force *F* is used to hold a block of mass *m* on an incline as shown in the diagram above. The plane makes an angle of \theta with the horizontal and *F* is perpendicular to the plane. The coefficient of friction between the plane and the block is *µ*. What is the minimum force, *F*, necessary to keep the block at rest?

- Inclines, Linear Forces

Beginner

Mathematical

MCQ

The coefficient of kinetic friction is

- Friction, Linear Forces

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Kinematics | Forces |
---|---|

\Delta x = v_i t + \frac{1}{2} at^2 | F = ma |

v = v_i + at | F_g = \frac{G m_1m_2}{r^2} |

a = \frac{\Delta v}{\Delta t} | f = \mu N |

R = \frac{v_i^2 \sin(2\theta)}{g} |

Circular Motion | Energy |
---|---|

F_c = \frac{mv^2}{r} | KE = \frac{1}{2} mv^2 |

a_c = \frac{v^2}{r} | PE = mgh |

KE_i + PE_i = KE_f + PE_f |

Momentum | Torque and Rotations |
---|---|

p = m v | \tau = r \cdot F \cdot \sin(\theta) |

J = \Delta p | I = \sum mr^2 |

p_i = p_f | L = I \cdot \omega |

Simple Harmonic Motion |
---|

F = -k x |

T = 2\pi \sqrt{\frac{l}{g}} |

T = 2\pi \sqrt{\frac{m}{k}} |

Constant | Description |
---|---|

g | Acceleration due to gravity, typically 9.8 , \text{m/s}^2 on Earth’s surface |

G | Universal Gravitational Constant, 6.674 \times 10^{-11} , \text{N} \cdot \text{m}^2/\text{kg}^2 |

\mu_k and \mu_s | Coefficients of kinetic (\mu_k) and static (\mu_s) friction, dimensionless. Static friction (\mu_s) is usually greater than kinetic friction (\mu_k) as it resists the start of motion. |

k | Spring constant, in \text{N/m} |

M_E = 5.972 \times 10^{24} , \text{kg} | Mass of the Earth |

M_M = 7.348 \times 10^{22} , \text{kg} | Mass of the Moon |

M_M = 1.989 \times 10^{30} , \text{kg} | Mass of the Sun |

Variable | SI Unit |
---|---|

s (Displacement) | \text{meters (m)} |

v (Velocity) | \text{meters per second (m/s)} |

a (Acceleration) | \text{meters per second squared (m/s}^2\text{)} |

t (Time) | \text{seconds (s)} |

m (Mass) | \text{kilograms (kg)} |

Variable | Derived SI Unit |
---|---|

F (Force) | \text{newtons (N)} |

E, PE, KE (Energy, Potential Energy, Kinetic Energy) | \text{joules (J)} |

P (Power) | \text{watts (W)} |

p (Momentum) | \text{kilogram meters per second (kgm/s)} |

\omega (Angular Velocity) | \text{radians per second (rad/s)} |

\tau (Torque) | \text{newton meters (Nm)} |

I (Moment of Inertia) | \text{kilogram meter squared (kgm}^2\text{)} |

f (Frequency) | \text{hertz (Hz)} |

General Metric Conversion Chart

Conversion Example

Example of using unit analysis: Convert 5 kilometers to millimeters.

Start with the given measurement:

`\text{5 km}`

Use the conversion factors for kilometers to meters and meters to millimeters:

`\text{5 km} \times \frac{10^3 \, \text{m}}{1 \, \text{km}} \times \frac{10^3 \, \text{mm}}{1 \, \text{m}}`

Perform the multiplication:

`\text{5 km} \times \frac{10^3 \, \text{m}}{1 \, \text{km}} \times \frac{10^3 \, \text{mm}}{1 \, \text{m}} = 5 \times 10^3 \times 10^3 \, \text{mm}`

Simplify to get the final answer:

`\boxed{5 \times 10^6 \, \text{mm}}`

Prefix | Symbol | Power of Ten | Equivalent |
---|---|---|---|

Pico- | p | 10^{-12} | 0.000000000001 |

Nano- | n | 10^{-9} | 0.000000001 |

Micro- | µ | 10^{-6} | 0.000001 |

Milli- | m | 10^{-3} | 0.001 |

Centi- | c | 10^{-2} | 0.01 |

Deci- | d | 10^{-1} | 0.1 |

(Base unit) | – | 10^{0} | 1 |

Deca- or Deka- | da | 10^{1} | 10 |

Hecto- | h | 10^{2} | 100 |

Kilo- | k | 10^{3} | 1,000 |

Mega- | M | 10^{6} | 1,000,000 |

Giga- | G | 10^{9} | 1,000,000,000 |

Tera- | T | 10^{12} | 1,000,000,000,000 |

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