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Homework 1
1.When you give the wagon a sharp pull forward, the force of friction between the wagon and the child acts on the child to move
her forward. But the force of friction acts at the contact point between the child and the wagon—we assume the child is
sitting in the wagon. The lower part of the child begins to move forward, while the upper part, following Newton’s first
law (the law of inertia), remains almost stationary, making it seem as if the child falls backward. The “backward” motion
is relative to the wagon, not to the ground.
Mary, standing on the ground beside the truck, will see the box remain motionless while the truck accelerates out
from under it. Since there is no friction, there is no net horizontal force on the box and the box will not speed up.
Thus Mary would describe the motion of the box in terms of Newton’s first law—there is no force on the box, so
it does not accelerate.
Chris, riding on the truck, will see the box appear to accelerate backward with respect to his frame of reference,
which is not inertial. He might even say something about the box being “thrown” backward in the truck and try to
invoke Newton’s second law to explain the motion of the box. But the source of the force would be impossible to
specify. (Chris had better hold on, though; if the truck bed is frictionless, he too will slide off if he is just
Yes, the net force can be zero on a moving object. If the net force is zero, then the object’s acceleration is
zero, but its velocity is not necessarily zero. [Instead of classifying objects as “moving” and “not moving,”
Newtonian dynamics classifies them as “accelerating” and “not accelerating.” Both zero velocity and
constant velocity fall in the “not accelerating” category.]
If the acceleration of an object is zero, the vector sum of the forces acting on the object is zero (Newton’s
second law), so there can be forces on an object that has no acceleration. For example, a book resting on a
table is acted on by gravity and the normal force, but it has zero acceleration, because the forces are equal
in magnitude and opposite in direction.
If only one force acts on an object, the net force cannot be zero, so the object cannot have zero
acceleration, by Newton’s second law. It is possible for the object to have zero velocity, but only for an
instant. For example (if we neglect air resistance), a ball thrown upward into the air has only the force of
gravity acting on it. Its speed will decrease while it travels upward, stops, then begins to fall back to the
ground. At the instant the ball is at its highest point, its velocity is zero. However, the ball has a nonzero net
force and a nonzero acceleration throughout its flight.
A force is needed to bounce the ball back up, because the ball changes direction, so the ball accelerates. If the ball
accelerates, there must be a force.
The pavement exerts the force on the golf ball.
As you take a step on the log, your foot exerts a force on the log in the direction opposite to the direction in
which you want to move, which pushes the log “backward.” (The log exerts an equal and opposite force
forward on you, by Newton’s third law.) If the log had been on the ground, friction between the ground and
the log would have kept the log from moving. However, the log is floating in water, which offers little
resistance to the movement of the log as you push it backward.
When you first start riding a bicycle you need to exert a strong force to accelerate the bike and yourself, as well as
to overcome friction. Once you are moving at a constant speed, you need to exert a force that will just equal the
opposing forces of friction and air resistance.
When the bike is moving at a constant speed, the net force on it is zero. Since friction and air resistance are
present, you would slow down if you didn’t pedal to keep the net force on the bike (and you) equal to zero.
When the person gives a sharp pull, the suddenness of application of the force is key. When a large, sudden
force is applied to the bottom string, the bottom string will have a large tension in it. Because of the stone’s
inertia, the upper string does not immediately experience the large force. The bottom string must have
more tension in it and will break first.
If a slow and steady pull is applied, the tension in the bottom string increases. We
approximate that condition as considering the stone to be in equilibrium until the
string breaks. The free-body diagram for the stone would look like this diagram.
While the stone is in equilibrium, Newton’s second law states that
Fup  Fdown  mg. Thus the tension in the upper string is going to be larger than
tension in the lower string because of the weight of the stone, so the upper string
break first.
mg the
The acceleration of both rocks is found by dividing their weight (the force of gravity on them) by their mass.
The 2-kg rock has a force of gravity on it that is twice as great as the force of gravity on the 1-kg rock, but
also twice as great a mass as the 1-kg rock, so the acceleration is the same for both.
1. (a)
The crate does not accelerate up or down, so the net force cannot be vertical. The truck bed is frictionless and the crate is
not in contact with any other surface, so there are no horizontal forces. Therefore, no net force acts on the crate.
As the truck slows down, the crate continues to move forward at constant speed. (How did the crate stay on the
truck in the first place to be able to travel on the truck bed?)
(a, b, d)
The forces in (a), (b), and (d) are all equal to 400 N in magnitude.
You exert a force of 400 N on the car; by Newton’s third law the force exerted by the car on you also has a
magnitude of 400 N.
Since the car doesn’t move and the only horizontal forces acting on the car are your pushing and the force of
friction on the car from the road, Newton’s second law requires these forces to have equal magnitudes (400 N) in
the opposite direction. Since the road exerts a force of 400 N on the car by friction, Newton’s third law requires
that the friction force on the road from the car must also be 400 N.
The normal force exerted by the road on you will be equal in magnitude to your weight (assuming you are
standing vertically and have no vertical acceleration). This force is not required to be 400 N.
The car is exerting a 400-N horizontal force on you, and since you are not accelerating, and the only horizontal forces
acting on you are the force from the car and the frictional force from the ground, Newton’s second law requires that
the ground must be exerting an equal and opposite horizontal force. Therefore, the magnitude of the friction force
exerted on you by the road is 400 N.
For Matt and the truck to move forward from rest, both of them must experience a positive horizontal acceleration.
The horizontal forces acting on Matt are the friction force of the ground pushing him forward and the truck pulling
him backward. The ground must push Matt forward with a stronger force than the truck is pulling him back. The
horizontal forces on the truck are from Matt pulling the truck forward and the friction from the ground pulling the
truck backward. For the truck to accelerate forward, the force from Matt must be greater than the backward force
of friction from the ground. By Newton’s third law, the force of the truck on Matt and the force of Matt on the
truck are equal and opposite. Since the force of the ground on Matt is greater than the force of the truck on Matt,
the force of the truck on Matt is equal to the force of Matt on the truck, and the force of Matt on the truck is
greater than the friction force of the ground on the truck, the ground exerts a greater friction on Matt than on the
1.Use Newton’s second law to calculate the force.
 F  ma  (55 kg)(1.4 m/s2 )  77 N