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1 Unit 03 - Work, Energy, Power Multiple Choice Concept Questions Name MULTIPLE CHOICE. Choose the one alternative that best completes the statement or answers the question. 1) Two men, Joel and Jerry, push against a wall. Jerry stops after 10 min, while Joel is able to push for 5.0 min longer. Compare the work they do. A) Both men do positive work, but Joel does 25% more work than Jerry. B) Both men do positive work, but Joel does 75% more work than Jerry. C) Both men do positive work, but Jerry does 50% more work than Joel. D) Both men do positive work, but Joel does 50% more work than Jerry. E) Neither of them does any work. 2) A stock person at the local grocery store has a job consisting of the following five segments: (1) picking up boxes of tomatoes from the stockroom floor (2) accelerating to a comfortable speed (3) carrying the boxes to the tomato display at constant speed (4) decelerating to a stop (5) lowering the boxes slowly to the floor. During which of the five segments of the job does the stock person do positive work on the boxes? A) (1), (2), (4), and (5) B) (2) and (3) C) (1) and (5) D) (1) and (2) E) (1) only 3) A 3.00-kg ball swings rapidly in a complete vertical circle of radius 2.00 m by a light string that is fixed at one end. The ball moves so fast that the string is always taut and perpendicular to the velocity of the ball. As the ball swings from its lowest point to its highest point A) the work done on it by gravity is -118 J and the work done on it by the tension in the string is +118 J. B) the work done on it by gravity is -118 J and the work done on it by the tension in the string is zero. C) the work done on it by gravity and the work done on it by the tension in the string are both equal to -118 J. D) the work done on it by gravity is +118 J and the work done on it by the tension in the string is -118 J. E) the work done on it by gravity and the work done on it by the tension in the string are both equal to zero. 4) Consider a plot of the displacement (x) as a function of the applied force (F) for an ideal elastic spring. The slope of the curve would be A) the spring constant. B) the reciprocal of the spring constant. C) the mass of the object attached to the spring. D) the reciprocal of the acceleration of gravity. E) the acceleration due to gravity. 1

2 5) Which of the graphs in the figure illustrates Hooke's Law? A) Graph a B) Graph b C) Graph c D) graph d 6) Which of the graphs in the figure represents a spring that gets less stiff the more it is stretched? A) Graph a B) Graph b C) Graph c D) Graph d 7) A 4.0-kg object is moving with speed 2.0 m/s. A 1.0-kg object is moving with speed 4.0 m/s. Both objects encounter the same constant braking force, and are brought to rest. Which object travels the greater distance before stopping? A) the 1.0-kg object B) the 4.0-kg object C) Both objects travel the same distance. D) It is impossible to know without knowing how long each force acts. 2

3 8) A girl throws a stone from a bridge. Consider the following ways she might throw the stone. The speed of the stone as it leaves her hand is the same in each case, and air resistance is negligible. Case A: Thrown straight up. Case B: Thrown straight down. Case C: Thrown out at an angle of 45 above horizontal. Case D: Thrown straight out horizontally. In which case will the speed of the stone be greatest when it hits the water below? A) Case A B) Case B C) Case C D) Case D E) The speed will be the same in all cases. 9) A potential energy function for system 1 is given by U1(x) = Cx2 + Bx3. The potential energy function for system 2 is given by U2(x) = A + Cx2 + Bx3, where A is a positive quantity. How does the force on system 1 relate to the force on system 2 at a given position? A) There is no relationship between the forces on the two systems. B) The force is identical on the two systems. C) The force on the second system will be with greater than the force on the first system. D) The force on the second system will be with less than the force on the first system. E) The force on the two systems will be in opposite directions. 10) Which, if any, of the following statements concerning the work done by a conservative force is NOT true? A) When the starting and ending points are the same, the total work is zero. B) It is independent of the path of the body and depends only on the starting and ending points. C) It can always be expressed as the difference between the initial and final values of a potential energy function. D) All of the above statements are true. E) None of the above statements are true. 11) Block 1 and block 2 have the same mass, m, and are released from the top of two inclined planes of the same height making 30 and 60 angles with the horizontal direction, respectively. If the coefficient of friction is the same in both cases, which of the blocks is going faster when it reaches the bottom of its respective incline? A) Block 1 is faster. B) We must know the actual masses of the blocks to answer. C) Block 2 is faster. D) Both blocks have the same speed at the bottom. E) There is not enough information to answer the question because we do not know the value of the coefficient of kinetic friction. 3

4 12) A box of mass m is pressed against (but is not attached to) an ideal spring of force constant k and negligible mass, compressing the spring a distance x. After it is released, the box slides up a frictionless incline as shown in the figure and eventually stops. If we repeat this experiment but instead use a spring having force constant 2k A) just as it moves free of the spring, the speed of the box will be 2 times as great as before. B) just as it moves free of the spring, the kinetic energy of the box will be twice as great as before. C) the box will go up the incline twice as high as before. D) All of the above choices are correct. E) None of the above choices is correct. 13) A box of mass m is pressed against (but is not attached to) an ideal spring of force constant k and negligible mass, compressing the spring a distance x. After it is released, the box slides up a frictionless incline as shown in the figure and eventually stops. If we repeat this experiment but instead compress the spring a distance of 2x A) just as it moves free of the spring, the box will be traveling twice as fast as before. B) just as it moves free of the spring, the box will have twice as much kinetic energy as before. C) just before it is released, the box has twice as much elastic potential energy as before. D) just as it moves free of the spring, the box will be traveling four times as fast as before. E) the box will go up the incline twice as high as before. 4

5 14) A box of mass m is pressed against (but is not attached to) an ideal spring of force constant k and negligible mass, compressing the spring a distance x. After it is released, the box slides up a frictionless incline as shown in the figure and eventually stops. If we repeat this experiment with a box of mass 2m A) just as it moves free of the spring, the heavier box will have twice as much kinetic energy as the lighter box. B) the lighter box will go twice as high up the incline as the heavier box. C) both boxes will reach the same maximum height on the incline. D) just as it moves free of the spring, the lighter box will be moving twice as fast as the heavier box. E) both boxes will have the same speed just as they move free of the spring. 15) Two identical balls are thrown directly upward, ball A at speed v and ball B at speed 2v, and they feel no air resistance. Which statement about these balls is correct? A) The balls will reach the same height because they have the same mass and the same acceleration. B) At their highest point, the acceleration of each ball is instantaneously equal to zero because they stop for an instant. C) Ball B will go twice as high as ball A because it had twice the initial speed. D) Ball B will go four times as high as ball A because it had four times the initial kinetic energy. E) At its highest point, ball B will have twice as much gravitational potential energy as ball A because it started out moving twice as fast. 16) A mass is pressed against (but is not attached to) an ideal horizontal spring on a frictionless horizontal surface. After being released from rest, the mass acquires a maximum speed v and a maximum kinetic energy K. If instead the mass initially compresses the spring twice as far: A) Its maximum speed will be 4v and its maximum kinetic energy will be 2K. B) Its maximum speed will be 2v and its maximum kinetic energy will be 2K. C) Its maximum speed will be 2v and its maximum kinetic energy will be 2K. D) Its maximum speed will be v 2 and its maximum kinetic energy will be 2K. E) Its maximum speed will be 2v and its maximum kinetic energy will be 4K. 5

6 17) Two stones, one of mass m and the other of mass 2m, are thrown directly upward with the same velocity at the same time from ground level and feel no air resistance. Which statement about these stones is true? A) At their highest point, both stones will have the same gravitational potential energy because they reach the same height. B) The lighter stone will reach its maximum height sooner than the heavier one. C) Both stones will reach the same height because they initially had the same amount of kinetic energy. D) The heavier stone will go twice as high as the lighter one because it initially had twice as much kinetic energy. E) At its highest point, the heavier stone will have twice as much gravitational potential energy as the lighter one because it is twice as heavy. 18) Swimmers at a water park have a choice of two frictionless water slides as shown in the figure. Although both slides drop over the same height, h, slide 1 is straight while slide 2 is curved, dropping quickly at first and then leveling out. How does the speed v 1 of a swimmer reaching the end of slide 1 compares with v2, the speed of a swimmer reaching the end of slide 2? A) v1 < v2 B) v1 > v2 C) v1 = v2 D) No simple relationship exists between v1 and v2 because we do not know the curvature of slide 2. 19) Is it possible for a system to have negative potential energy? A) No, because the kinetic energy of a system must equal its potential energy. B) Yes, as long as the total energy is positive. C) Yes, since the choice of the zero of potential energy is arbitrary. D) Yes, as long as the kinetic energy is positive. E) No, because this would have no physical meaning. 20) A constant horizontal pull acts on a sled on a horizontal frictionless ice pond. The sled starts from rest. When the pull acts over a distance x, the sled acquires a speed v and a kinetic energy K. If the same pull instead acts over twice this distance: A) The sled s speed will be 2v and its kinetic energy will be K 2. B) The sled s speed will be 2v and its kinetic energy will be 2K. C) The sled's speed will be 4v and its kinetic energy will be 2K. D) The sled s speed will be v 2 and its kinetic energy will be 2K. E) The sled's speed will be v 2 and its kinetic energy will be K 2. 6

7 21) Two objects, one of mass m and the other of mass 2m, are dropped from the top of a building. When they hit the ground A) the heavier one will have twice the kinetic energy of the lighter one. B) the heavier one will have 2 times the kinetic energy of the lighter one. C) both of them will have the same kinetic energy. D) the heavier one will have four times the kinetic energy of the lighter one. 7

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