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1 LeaPS Workshop March 12, 2010 Morehead Conference Center Morehead, KY Word Bank: Acceleration, mass, inertia, weight, gravity, work, heat, kinetic energy, potential energy, closed systems, open systems, energy conservation, Newton s laws of motion. Learning targets:. I can show that forces come in pairs that are equal and opposite. I recognize that changing motion can be speeding up, slowing down, or changing direction. I can represent changes in motion using arrows. I can calculate acceleration from data about changes in motion over time. I can recognize that any change in motion is a consequence of unbalanced forces. I know that a change in motion (acceleration) is always in the direction of net force. I can show that acceleration is directly proportional to net force. I know that the mass of an object is related to its inertia, its tendancy to maintain its current state of motion. I know that the mass of an object is not the same as its weight; weight being the attraction between objects due to the force of gravity between them. I recognize the need to use low-friction objects to study the laws of motion. I can show that the acceleration of an object depends on both it mass and thenet force acting on it. I know that work performed on an object equals the force applied times its displacement. I recognize that work is a type of kinetic energy. I can calculate the kinetic energy of an object in motion knowing its mass and velocity. I can differentiate between open and closed systems with respect to energy transfers. I know that while energy is conserved in a closed system, it may be converted between kinetic energy, potential energy, or heat. 1

2 Newton s Third Law In our work in January, we found that forces always occur in pairs: You bumped hands with a groupmate. You felt a force in a direction toward you and your groupmate felt a force toward her. By measuring the size of these forces we would find that they are equal in size; they are clearly oppositely directed. Forces always occur between bodies and always occur in pairs, for example you are pushing on your groupmate and s/he is pushing on you. We cannot have one force without the other. This law of physics is stated as: In an interaction between body A and body B, body A exerts a force on body B and body B exerts an equal and opposite force on body A. These equal and opposite forces of an interaction never act on the same body, because an interaction is between bodies. This insight is not only a description of interactions but is also Newton s Third Law. You may have heard this stated (but less clearly so) as: To every action there is always an equal and opposite reaction. Consider a collision between two billiard balls: one moving directly at another one not initially moving. What happens with each ball? Does the moving ball change its motion? Does the stationary ball change its motion? Which one experiences a force? How do you know? What are the directions of all of the forces? How do you know? Observe the demonstration and discuss these questions in your group. When two magnets interact, one magnet experiences a force and the other magnet experiences an equal and opposite force. If one magnet is very large or heavy and the other is small or light, both magnets will experience the force equal and opposite, but the lighter one will respond more because it has less mass. 2

3 When a small car runs into a large truck, the force of the truck on the car is equal and opposite to the force of the car on the truck. The forces are equal and opposite, but the responses of the two bodies are different because the masses are different. Forces and changing motion From our work in February, we showed that changing motion can be described as changing velocity; continuously changing motion means continuously changing velocity. All changing motion involves changing velocity. If there is a changing velocity, there is a change in v, v, occurring as time passes along; after a very small time v(final) must be different from v(initial) v = v (final) v(initial) = v f v i I find it easier to think about rearranging and writing v f = v i + v. In other words, we need to add v to v i to get v f. There are three change-in-velocity scenarios to consider: when an object is speeding up, when it is slowing down, and when it is changing direction: For increasing v (speeding up) v i v f v When v is increasing, then v is in the same direction as v i, corresponding to a increase in v. For decreasing v (slowing down) v f v Note that the direction of v is opposite to that of v i and corresponds to a reduction of v: v f is less than that of v i v i For changing direction What is the v associated with changing direction? We know that we must have a v, 3

4 and v f = v i + v. When we change direction, the direction of the velocity changes and we velocity representations that look like this: v i v f v Note that if there is any v, then there must be a matching unbalanced force. In other words: unbalanced forces net force changing motion v Furthermore, the direction of the v is always in the same direction as the net force: v Net force As you suspected all along, any change in motion (speeding up, slowing down, or changing direction), is an acceleration. Changing motion is motion with a v, so acceleration is associated with v and in fact the definition of acceleration is: a = acceleration = v/ t, the change in velocity per unit of time Acceleration and v are always in the same direction. Whenever you want to know the direction of the acceleration, determine the v and you have it. The units of v and hence v are for most applications meters per second or m/s. Hence, the units for acceleration are meters per second x second or m/s 2. Now we can see that net force produces acceleration, following the logic unbalanced forces net force changing motion v a And just as with velocity, the direction of acceleration is the same as the direction of the net force. This connection between unbalanced forces and acceleration tells us that 4

5 NET FORCE IS PROPORTIONAL TO ACCELERATION If we are pushing on a body and increase net force then we get a larger acceleration. The symbol means proportional. Therefore, can write this proportionality as F(net) acceleration The net force and acceleration are directly proportional. Doubling the net force causes double the acceleration etc. We can write this in equation form including an as yet unspecified constant as How does mass fit into this? Motion and Inertia F(net) = (constant) acceleration or F(net) = (Constant)a The idea that a force is involved in motion is not terribly surprising. The value is in the details: an applied force causes acceleration (the continual change in motion of an object), the absence of a net force is necessary to maintain a constant speed, and deviance from these rules may be accounted for if we consider friction as a somewhat hidden force. The next topic we will deal with, the role of inertia, is at first glance, on the surface not tremendously shocking. Inertia refers to the tendency of an object to maintain its current state of motion. Therefore, an object at rest will remain at rest until put into motion by an applied force. A cart in motion will maintain its motion in a straight line unless a net force speeds it up, slows it down, or changes its direction. (This is called Newton s First Law of Motion.) As with the effect of force, the role or importance of inertia is in the details. In this section, you will investigate why some objects resist motion more than others, and how inertia can be incorporated into the general theory of motion. What characteristic of an object seems to determine how much force is needed to accelerate it? Imagine needing to accelerate two vehicles - a small car and a large truck (consider this under low-friction conditions). For which vehicle do you think it would be easier to change the speed continually from at-rest to a speed of 5

6 12mph with a given force the small car or the large truck? Discuss this in your groups. It is obvious to most people that if there is more stuff, then more force will be required to cause a continual change in speed. But suppose we double the amount of stuff. Will that mean that twice the net force is needed to accelerate double the stuff? Scientists have named the stuff about which we re talking mass. What Is Mass? Philosophers of science have great debates about the definition of mass. Many equate mass with weight, assuming that more stuff weighs more. While true on the surface of the earth, this is not true in outer space, where things become weightless. The weight of an object is due to the attraction its mass feels to other objects with mass. People have observed that one piece of mass attracts another piece of mass. Objects on earth have weight because their relatively small mass interacts with the mass of the earth and is attracted to the earth. We can call that pull its weight. In outer space, because things are not near an object with large mass such as the earth, they do not have this pull and hence do not have weight. The nuances of mass and weight are beyond the scope of our studies here, although you may wish to investigate this in another context. For now we will rely on our intuitive understanding of mass as some amount of stuff that affects how much an object resists changes in its motion. Mass measures inertia, the resistance to changes in motion a) Recall the experiments with the person on the skateboard. Suppose we had a volunteer that had much less mass than the original person. Imagine how the observations of the change would be different if we kept the pushing force the same. Note: We have to keep the pushing force the same!! Often we make assumptions about an experiment and lose track of what is being controlled. Here the pushing force needs to be kept constant; the experiment has no meaning if that is not the case. Suppose we had a volunteer who had much more mass than the original person. Imagine how the observation of the change in motion would be different if we kept the pushing force the same. Describe your ideas about the observed motion for original person on the cart, a much lighter person on the cart and a much heavier person on the cart always keeping the pushing force the same. 6

9 There are two linked observations here critical to understanding the laws of motion: You have verified the law of proportionality between the applied force and the resulting speeding up. Acceleration is directly proportional to the applied force; that is, the acceleration doubles when the applied force doubles. The acceleration also depends upon the mass of the carts, however. When there is twice as much mass, the acceleration is halved. We say that acceleration is inversely proportional to the mass, when a constant net force is applied. The data you collected imply a mathematical relationship among net force, mass, and acceleration. These parameters can be combined in an equation form like this: acceleration Net F/m where net F is the net force and m is the mass. Note this equation tells us that for a larger m while keeping the net F constant, the acceleration is less. For a larger net force while keeping the mass constant results in an acceleration that is larger. With units of kilograms for mass, newtons for force and meters per second 2 for acceleration, we can write this equation as a = net F/m or if we multiply both of the equation by m we get net F = ma. net F = ma Congratulations! Through a study of motion, you have uncovered Newton s Second Law, which essentially says that the changing motion, or acceleration, of an object depends directly on the net force applied to it and inversely on how massive the object is. That it took over 2000 years of research and the development of calculus to derive these laws should give you an idea of exactly how difficult these understandings are. And yet you did it in just a morning s worth of work! Congratulations!!!!!!!!!!, but we are not through. 9

10 Work and Heat Mechanical work is defined in terms of force and the displacement through which the force acts. When the direction of the force and the direction of the displacement are the same the relationship is Work = (Force)x(displacement) often written as (Force)(distance) or Fd. Force direction (F) Distance (d) W = Fd, when force and displacement in same direction. Note that when the force and displacement are not in the same direction, the equation for calculating the work is a little more complicated. We will not work with these cases, so we are limited to studying situations where the force and displacement are in the same direction. Think back to one of our first experiments pushing a person on the skateboard. We applied a force of about 40 pounds as measured by our weight scale. If we had used a scale calibrated in newtons (N) we would have had 178 N where the conversion is 1 pound = 4.45 newtons. (40 pounds)x(4.45newtons/pound) = 178 newtons Notice the unit pounds cancels out in the equation (40 pounds)x(4.45newtons/pound) = 178 newtons Kinetic energy (KE) is the energy associated with motion and it can be calculated with the defining equation Kinetic energy =KE= 1/2 m v 2, where KE is measured in joules, m is mass in kilograms and v is the speed in meters per second. The most basic statement about energy in mechanics is that The work done by all forces on an object is equal to the CHANGE in kinetic energy of the object. For our pushing on the friction-free skateboard the forces add to form the net force; in our case the net force is equal to the force of our push since there is essentially no friction force (and there are no unbalanced forces in the vertical direction). 10

11 Calculate the work done when we pushed the person a displacement of 1 meter. The units in your answer will be newton x meter or newton meter. One newton meter is equal to a joule. As you may recall we stopped taking data when we had pushed the person 747 cm or 7.47 m. Calculate the work done by the pushing force when we pushed the person 7.47 meters. Discuss the following in your group: If the net force on an object is zero, because all the forces are balanced and there is no change in motion, what total work is done? What change in velocity would you expect? What change in kinetic energy would you expect? Does this agree with what you would expect using Newton's Second Law? When the total or net work done on an object is zero, is the kinetic energy of that object conserved, i.e. does it remain constant? Energy Transformations The problem just completed is a simple example of energy conservation. In this case kinetic energy is conserved because the final kinetic energy is equal to the initial kinetic energy. If you studied heat you know that it is energy in transit. Heat is energy that transfers from a hotter (higher temperature) body to a colder body. If a heating experiment is done in an insulated container, all the energy that leaves the hotter body goes to the colder body and energy in the insulated container is conserved. One can keep track of the heating and cooling and confirm this. You have likely thought about other forms of energy like chemical energy, light energy etc. The principle of energy conservation can be extended to many other cases, although we will not prove or demonstrate it here. For example, if an object like a 1 kg block of wood is sliding on a table with a speed of 2 m/s it has kinetic energy in an amount that you can calculate. Discuss what you think happens to this kinetic energy as the block slides to a stop. There are many applications of the energy conservation principle throughout physics and all of science. It is one of the cornerstones of our scientific view of the world. If there are no external sources or losses of energy from a system, when all forms of energy are considered for the system, the total energy of the system remains constant. We call a system for which energy does not go out or in and is only transformed within and transferred between things in the system, a CLOSED or ISOLATED SYSTEM. Energy can change forms, but the total amount of energy in a closed system remains constant 11

12 What is potential energy? Here are some basic definitions, phrased informally: Kinetic energy = The energy something has because of its motion. The heavier or faster something is, the more kinetic energy it has. Gravitational potential energy = The energy stored in an object because it s been lifted. The energy is potential because it has the potential to turn into kinetic energy for instance, if the object gets dropped. The heavier or higher an object is, the more potential energy is stored up. There are other types of potential energy as well such as chemical energy. Consider and discuss the following scenario: A child pushes a loaded wagon up a hill, starting slowly but gradually getting faster and faster. Is the wagon gaining kinetic energy, gravitational potential energy, both, or neither? Explain. Suppose the wagon gains a total of 50 joules of energy. According to energy conservation, energy is never created nor destroyed. But the wagon just gained 50 joules! What is meant by this statement? Does this scenario contradict conservation of energy? Explain why or why not. When you say something like a jogger just burned 100 calories of energy, what does that mean? Where exactly do those 100 calories come from? In other words, what form of energy is depleted by 100 calories? Hint: This is as much a biology or chemistry question as it is a physics question. Roughly speaking, when work is done on a body, the mechanical energy the kinetic and potential energy are changed an amount equal to the work done. How much work did the child do on the wagon? CHECK Make sure that you have written full responses to all the questions and discussed your ideas with your groupmates before doing the check. Lifting Objects; Work Done In this problem, you ll use the formal definition of work to figure out some stuff. Recall W = Fd, with force and displacement in the same direction. A student holds a book of mass m in her hand and raises the book vertically at constant speed. Make a drawing to illustrate the motion of the book, showing its position at regular time intervals; this diagram is sometimes called a Motion diagram, especially if the 12

13 positions at equally separated times are shown. For example, an object moving at a constant speed could be represented with dots at equally spaced times. Suppose the student does 25 joules of work lifting the book. 1. Does the book (lifted at constant speed) gain potential energy, kinetic energy, or both? Explain. 2. Is the potential energy gained by the book greater than, less than, or equal to 25 joules? Explain. Check. Make sure that you have written full responses to all the questions and discussed your ideas with your groupmates before doing the check. Pushing on a wall In this section we ll clarify the meaning of work. A student pushes hard enough on a wall that she breaks a sweat. The wall, however, does not move. Does the student do any work on the wall? Answer using: a. your intuition b. work as defined above Apparently, some reconciliation is needed. We ll lead you through it. In this scenario, does the student give the wall any energy? Does the student expend energy (i.e., use up chemical energy stored in her body)? If the energy spent by the student doesn t go into the wall s mechanical energy, where does it go? Is it just gone, or is it transformed into something else? Hint: How do you feel when you ve expended lots of energy? Intuitively, when you push on a wall, are you doing useful work or are you wasting energy? 13

14 A student says, In everyday life, doing work means the same thing as expending energy. But in physics, work corresponds more closely to the intuitive idea of useful work, work that accomplishes something, as opposed to just wasting energy. That s why it s possible to expend energy without doing work in the physics sense. In what ways do you agree or disagree with the student s analysis? Let s check for consistency between intuition and definitions. Does the student s idea that doing work means expending energy mesh with the rough definition of work as the mechanical (kinetic and potential) energy given to something? Check. Make sure that you have written full responses to all the questions and discussed your ideas with your groupmates before doing the check. 14

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