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1 PHYS 101 Previous Exam Problems CHAPTER 7 Kinetic Energy and Work Kinetic energy Work Work-energy theorem Gravitational work Work of spring forces Power 1. A single force acts on a 5.0-kg object in such a way that the position of the object as a function of time is given by x = t 2, with x in meters and t in seconds. Find the work done on the object from t = 0 to t = 4.0 s. (Ans: 4000 J) 2. You are supposed to pull a 2000 kg equipment across a horizontal frozen lake by means of a horizontal rope. The coefficient of kinetic friction is What is the amount of work you will do by pulling the equipment 100 m at constant velocity? (Ans: 98 kj) 3. A single force F acts on a 2.0-kg particle and changes its velocity from v i = (4.0 î 3.0 ĵ ) m/s at t = 0 to v f = (4.0 î ĵ ) m/s at t = 3.0 s. During this time, what is the work done by F on the particle? (Ans: 0) 4. An 800-kg car is traveling at velocity 12 î (m/s). When the brakes are applied, the car changes its velocity to 12 ĵ m/s in 4.0 s. What is the change in kinetic energy of the car in this time period? (Ans: 0 J) 5. A 5.0-kg block is moving horizontally at 6.0 m/s. In order to change its speed to 10.0 m/s, what must be the net work done on the block? (Ans: 160 J) 6. A particle moves in the xy plane from the point (0,1) m to point (3,5) m while being acted upon by a constant force F = 4 î + 2 ĵ + 4 kˆ (N). What is the work done on the particle by this force? (Ans: 20 J) 7. An object of mass 1.0 kg is whirled in a horizontal circle of radius 0.50 m at a constant speed of 2.0 m/s. The work done on the object during one revolution is: (Ans: 0) 8. An object is constrained by a cord to move in a circular path of radius 0.5 m on a horizontal frictionless surface. The cord will break if its tension exceeds 16 N. What is the maximum kinetic energy the object can have? (Ans: 4.0 J) 9. A person lifts a 0.40-kg cup of water 0.64 m vertically up at a constant speed of 1.2 m/s. What is the work done on the cup by the person? (Ans: 2.5 J) 10. A particle moves from x i = 0 to x f = 5.0 m while being acted on by a single force F = 3x 2 directed along the x axis. Find the change in the kinetic energy during this motion. (Ans: 125 J) 11. Figure 1 gives the only force F x that can act on a particle. If the particle has a kinetic energy of 10 J at x = 0, find the kinetic energy of the particle when it is at x = 8.0 m. (Ans: 30 J) Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 1

2 12. A 10.0-kg box slides with constant speed a distance of 5.00 m downward along a rough slope that makes an angle of 30.0 with the horizontal. What is the work done by the force of gravity? (Ans: 245 J) 13. A 4.0-kg cart starts up an incline with a speed of 3.0 m/s and comes to rest 2.0 m up the incline. What is the net work done on the cart? (Ans: 18 J) 14. A 0.50-kg block slides down a frictionless 30 incline, starting from rest. What is the work done by the net force on this block after sliding for 4.0 s? (Ans: 96 J) 15. A man pushes a 50-kg crate a distance of 5.0 m upward along a frictionless slope that makes an angle of 30 with the horizontal. His force is parallel to the slope. The acceleration of the crate is 1.5 m/s 2 and is directed up the slope. What is the work done by the man? (Ans: 1600 J) 16. A 2.0-kg block slides 2.0 m down a frictionless incline from point A to point B. A force (magnitude F = 3.0 N) acts on the block between A and B, as shown in figure 2. If the kinetic energy of the block at A is 10 J, what is its kinetic energy at B? (Ans: 24 J) 17. An ideal spring is hung vertically from the ceiling. When a 2.0-kg mass hangs at rest from it, the spring is extended 6.0 cm from its relaxed length. A downward external force is now applied to the mass to extend the spring an additional 10 cm. While the spring is being extended by the external force, what is the work done by the spring? (Ans: 3.6 J) 18. A 40-gram bullet, with a horizontal velocity of 500 m/s, comes to a stop 20 cm within a solid wall. What is the magnitude of the force from the wall stopping it? (Assume this force to be constant) (Ans: N) 19. As a 2.0-kg object moves along the x axis, the only force acting on it is given by F = 4x (N), where x is in meters. What is the work done by this force as the object moves from x = 1.0 m to x = 3.0 m? (Ans: 16 J) 20. A person pushes horizontally a 10-kg box at a constant speed of 1.5 m/s. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the box and the horizontal floor is What is the rate of doing work by the person in pushing the box? (Ans: 44 W) 21. A 2000-kg elevator moves 20 m upward in 4.9 sec at constant speed. At what average rate does the force from the cable do work on the elevator? (Ans: W) 22. A net horizontal force of 50 N is acting on a 2.0-kg crate that starts from rest on a horizontal frictionless surface. At the instant the object has traveled 2.0 m, what is the rate at which this net force is doing work? (Ans: 500 W) 23. A helicopter lifts an 80-kg man vertically from the ground by means of a cable. The upward acceleration of the man is 2.0 m/s 2. Find the rate at which work is being done on the man by the tension of the cable when the speed of the man is 1.5 m/s. (Ans: 1400 W) 24. A force F = (3.00 î ĵ ) N acts on a 2.00-kg object that moves from an initial position r 1 =(3.00 î 2.00 ĵ ) m to a final position r 2 = (5.00 î ĵ ) m in 4.00 s. What is the average power due to the force during that time interval? (Ans: 12.0 W) 25. A car accelerates from zero to 30 m/s in 1.5 s. Assuming the same average power is delivered by the car, how long does it take to accelerate it from zero to 60 m/s? (Ignore friction). (Ans: 6.0 s) 26. A projectile of mass 0.20 kg is fired with an initial speed of 20 m/s at an angle of 60 o above the horizontal. What is the kinetic energy of the projectile at its highest point? (Ans: 10 J) Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 2

3 27. To pull a 100-kg object across a horizontal frictionless floor, a worker applies a force of 220 N, directed 60 o above the horizontal. As the object moves 5.0 m, what is the work done on the object? (Ans: 550 J) 28. A 40-N force is the only force applied on a 2.0-kg crate which is originally at rest. At the instant the object has traveled 2.5 m, what is the rate at which the force is doing work? (Ans: 400 W) 29. A 200-kg box is pulled along a horizontal surface by an engine. The coefficient of friction between the box and the surface is What power does the engine deliver to move the box at a constant speed of 5.00 m/s? (Ans: 3920 W) 30. An ideal spring, with a pointer attached to its end, hangs next to a scale. With a 100-N weight attached, the pointer indicates "40" on the scale, as shown in figure 4. Using a 200-N weight instead results in "60" on the scale. Using an unknown weight X instead results in "30" on the scale. What is the weight of X? (Ans: 50 N) 31. A worker does 500 J of work in moving a 20-kg box a distance D on a rough horizontal floor. The box starts from rest and its final velocity after moving the distance D is 4.0 m/s. Find the work done by the friction between the box and the floor in moving the distance D. (Ans: 340 J) 32. A 60-kg boy runs from the first floor to the second floor, using stairs, in 12 s. The stairs are made up of 30 steps, each 10-cm high. Calculate the average power required by the boy. (Ans: 147 W) 33. A 3.0-kg mass has an initial velocity v o = (6.0 î 2.0 ĵ ) m/s. A single force F is applied for 5.0 s, which changes its velocity to v = (8.0 î ĵ ) m/s. Find the average power delivered by the force in this interval. (Ans: 12 W) 34. A body of mass M = 2.00 kg, tied to a string, rotates in a vertical circle of radius R = 1.00 m. Find the work done by the force of gravity on the body during one full revolution. (Ans: zero) 35. A man moves the 10-kg object shown in figure 6 in a vertical plane from position X to position Y along a circular track of radius R = 20 m. What is the work done by the force of gravity during this motion? (Ans: 3920 J) 36. A car has a kinetic energy of 25 J. It then makes a U-turn and moves in the opposite direction with twice the original speed. What is the new kinetic energy of the car? (Ans: 100J) 37. A 3.0-kg box is given an initial speed of 2.2 m/s on a rough horizontal floor. It stops in 2.0 s due to friction between the box and floor. How much work is done by the frictional force? (Ans: -7.3 J) 38. A particle attached to one end of a string is forced to move in a circular path of radius 3.0 m on a horizontal frictionless surface. The string breaks when the kinetic energy of the particle is 45 J. What is the tension in the string just before it breaks? (Ans: 30 N) 39. An 8.0-kg object is moving in the positive direction of an x axis. When it passes through x = 0, a constant force directed along the x axis begins to act on it. Figure 8 gives its kinetic energy versus position x as the object moves from x = 0 to x = 5.0 m. Find the acceleration of the object. (Ans: 0.75 m/s 2 ) 40. A 0.50-kg object moves in a circular trajectory of radius 2.5 m on a horizontal frictionless table. An external constant force of 3.0 N, always tangent to the trajectory, causes the object to speed up as it goes around. What is the work done by this external force as the object makes one revolution? (Ans: 47 J) 41. Figure 9 shows the spring force F x as a function of position x for a spring-block system resting on a frictionless table. The block is released at x = + 10 cm. How much work does the spring do on the block when the block moves from x i = cm to x f = 4.0 cm? (Ans: J) Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 3

4 42. A 15.0-kg block is pulled over a rough, horizontal surface by a constant force of 70.0 N acting at an angle of 20.0 above the horizontal. The block is displaced 5.00 m, and the coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the horizontal surface µ k = Find the work done by the force of friction. (Ans: -123 J) 43. An elevator is designed to carry a load of N from the ground to a height of 87.5 m in a time of 18.0 seconds. What is the average power that must be supplied by the motor of the elevator to lift this load? (Ans: 97.2 kw) 44. A 1.00 kg ball falls to the ground from a height of 10.0 m and bounces back to a height of 8.00 m. What is the total work done by the gravitational force on the ball? (Ans: J) 45. A single force F, of magnitude 10.0 N, accelerates an object of mass 5.0 kg for three seconds starting from rest at t = 0. What is the work done on the object in the time interval from t = 2.0 s to t = 3.0 s? (Ans: 50 J) 46. A net force of (50 î ) N is acting on a 2.0-kg box that was initially at rest at the origin. At the instant the object has the position vector (2.0 î ), what is the rate at which the force is doing work on the box? (Ans: 500 W) 47. A rope exerts a force F on a 20.0 kg crate in lifting it vertically upward above the floor. The crate starts from rest and accelerates upward at 5.00 m/s 2. How much work was done by the force F in raising the crate 4.00 m above the floor? (Ans: 1.18 kj) 48. A 0.50 kg object, moving along the x-axis, experiences the force shown in figure 11. The object s velocity at x = 0.0 m is v = 2.0 m/s, and at x = 4.0 m is v = 8.0 m/s. What is F max? (Ans: 5.0 N) 49. A constant tension force is used to pull a 50.0 kg box up a frictionless plane inclined at 30.0 relative to the horizontal. The tension force is parallel to the incline. The box is moved a distance of 30.0 m along the incline with a constant speed of 1.00 m/s. At what rate is work done by the tension force? (A: 245 W) 50. A net horizontal force of 50 N acts on a 2.0-kg block which starts from rest on a horizontal frictionless surface. What is the rate at which the work is being done by this force at t = 2.0 s? (Ans: 2500 W) 51. At what rate is the weight of a 2.0 kg projectile doing work at an instant when the velocity of the projectile is 4.0 m/s directed 30 o degrees above the horizontal? (Ans: 39 W) 52. A 3.00 x 10 3 N automobile accelerates from rest to 50.0 m/s in 6.00 s with a constant acceleration. Calculate the instantaneous power delivered by the engine at t = 6.00 s. (Ans: 128 kw) 53. A man pushes a 30.0 kg box a horizontal distance of 4.50 m along a level floor at a constant velocity. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the box and the floor is Find the total work done on the box. (Ans: zero) 54. Figure 12 shows a plot of the acceleration a x versus the displacement x for a particle of mass m = 2.0 kg moving along the x-axis. The scale of the figure s vertical axis is set by a s = 3.0 m/s 2 How much work is done on the particle as it moves from x = 2.0 to x = 6.0 m? (Ans: 12 J) Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 4

5 A B C D E Conceptual Problems 1. Two balls, with masses m and 2m, are dropped to the ground from the roof of a building. (Assume no air resistance). Just before hitting the ground, what can be said about their kinetic energies? A. The heavier ball has two times as much kinetic energy as the lighter one. B. The heavier ball has four times as much kinetic energy as the lighter one. C. The heavier ball has half the kinetic energy of the lighter one. D. The heavier ball has one fourth the kinetic energy of the lighter one. E. They both have the same kinetic energy. 2. Which of the following five quantities does not have the unit of energy? Here m is a mass, g is the acceleration due to gravity, h and d are distances, F is a force, v is a speed, a is an acceleration, P is power, and t is time. A. m.a B. F.d C. 0.5 m.v 2 D. m.g.h E. P.t 3. Which of the following statements is correct? A. The centripetal force acting on a particle rotating in a circle does no work on the particle. (likewise, the tension in a horizontal circle) B. The work done by a force is always equal to the product of the force and the distance travelled. C. When an object is displaced horizontally, the gravitational force does work on it. D. When an object is displaced horizontally on a table, the normal force does work on it. E. If a person lifts a heavy block a vertical distance, then his work is zero. 4. An object moves in a circle at constant speed. The work done by the centripetal force is zero because: A. the centripetal force is perpendicular to the velocity. B. the change in kinetic energy of the object is not zero. C. the centripetal force is parallel to the velocity. D. the object is moving with constant velocity. E. the centripetal force does not change velocity 5. An object of mass 1.0 kg is whirled in a horizontal circle of radius 0.50 m at a constant speed of 2.0 m/s. The work done on the object during one revolution is: A. 0 J B. 12 J C J D. 320 J E. 8.0 J 6. A boy holds a 40-N weight at arm's length for 10 s. His arm is 1.5 m above the ground. The work done by the force of the boy on the weight while he is holding it is: A. 0 J B. 40 J C. 20 J D. 120 J E. 10 J Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 5

6 7. A block is attached to the end of an ideal spring and moved from coordinate x i to coordinate x f. The relaxed position is at x = 0. For which values of x i and x f that are given below, is the work done by spring positive? A. x i = -4 cm and x f = -2 cm B. x i =-2 cm and x f = 4 cm C. x i = -2 cm and x f = -4 cm D. x i = 2 cm and x f = -4 cm E. x i = 2 cm and x f = 4 cm 8. Figure 3 shows a force F x, directed along the x axis, acting on a particle. The particle begins from rest at x = 0. What is the particle's position when it has the greatest speed? A. 10 m B. 5 m C. 15 m D. 8 m E. 2 m 9. A stone is thrown upward from the top of a building. It takes a time to for the stone to reach the ground. Which one of the plots shown in figure 5 best represents the change of the kinetic energy of the stone with time? A. (a) B. (b) C. (c) D. (d) E. None of the plots 10. Which of the following is the correct combination of dimensions for energy? A. ML 2 /T 2 B. LT 2 /M C. MLT D. M 2 L 3 T E. ML/T Object A of mass M and object B of mass 4M are initially at rest. Both objects are then pushed by equal forces for equal distances on a horizontal frictionless surface. At the end of the push, compared to the kinetic energy of object A, the kinetic energy of object B is A. the same. B. twice as much. C. half as much. D. four times as much. E. one-fourth as much. 12. A man pulls a box up a rough inclined plane at constant speed. Which one of the following statements is FALSE? A. The work done on the box by the gravitational force is zero. B. The gravitational potential energy of the box increases. C. The net work done by all the forces acting on the box is zero. D. The work done on the box by the normal force of the plane is zero. E. The man does positive work in pulling the box up the incline. Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 6

7 13. If the weight of an object on the Moon is one-sixth of its weight on Earth, the ratio of its kinetic energy when it is moving with speed V on Earth to its kinetic energy when it is moving with the same speed V on the Moon is: A) 1.0 B) 6.0 C) 2.6 D) 3.1 E) A spring has a spring constant k. If the work done in stretching the spring a distance x = L from the equilibrium position is W, the work required to stretch the spring from = L to x = 2L will be: A) 3 W B) 5 W C) 4 W D) 2 W E) 1 W 15. A single force acts on the body causing the body to move in a straight line. A plot of the body s velocity versus time is shown in the figure 10. The correct statement among the following is: A) in moving from D to E, the work done by the force on the body is positive. B) in moving from B to C no work is done on the body but the body does work on the system. C) in moving from C to D, the work done by the force on the body is positive. D) in moving from A to B, the work done by the force on the body is negative. E) in moving from A to D, the work done by the force on the body is positive. 16. We would like to raise a heavy object (at a constant speed) to a certain height h. We attach a rope to the object. It is preferable to pull it along a frictionless inclined plane rather than pulling it vertically upward because: A) it reduces the force required. B) it reduces the work required. C) it reduces the change in the gravitational potential energy. D) it reduces the distance covered. E) it increases the acceleration due to gravity. x i f Dr. M. F. Al-Kuhaili PHYS 101 Chapter 7 Page 7

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