1. (I) What is the magnitude of the momentum of a 28-g sparrow flying with a speed of 8.4 m/s?
2. (I) A constant friction force of 25 N acts on a 65-kg skier for 20 s. What is the skier’s change in velocity?
Change in velocity = acceleration. We could do this with kinematics ( and then using with kinematics equations):
Thus the acceleration is:
And by accelerating at this rate for 20 seconds, the change in velocity is:
However, using impulse (change in momentum):
Plugging in (we do this too much in physics):
And since momentum equals mass times velocity, the change in velocity is 500 divided by the mass, 65 kg.
Oh, but don’t forget, we’re decelerating, so the change is negative (velocity is decreasing).
5. (II) Calculate the force exerted on a rocket, given that the propelling gases are expelled at a rate of 1500 kg/s with a speed of (at the moment of takeoff).
Choose to be one second.
Such trivial questions.
11. (II) An atomic nucleus initially moving at 420 m/s emits an alpha particle in the direction of its velocity, and the remaining nucleus slows to 350 m/s. If the alpha particle has a mass of 4.0 u and the original mucleus has a mass of 222 u, what speed does the alpha particle have when it is emitted?
Conservation of momentum.
I don’t even want to bother solving this, it’s so trivial.
13. (III) A 975-kg two-stage rocket is travelling at a speed of with respect to Earth when a pre-designed explosion separates the rocket into two sections of equal mass that then move at a speed of relative to each other along the original line of motion.
(a) What are the speed and direction of each section (relative to Earth) after the explosion?
(b) How much energy was supplied by the explosion? [Hint: what is the change in KE as a result of the explosion?
It looks long, but I bet this one’s trivial too.
(a) Hm, it looks like the main hard part is how the speed is given to you “relative to the other rocket section”.
It just means that speed 1 minus speed 2 = the speed “relative to the other” I guess, since the directions of the velocities are all still the same.
And substituting the “ relative to each other”:
Plugging in the given variables:
And adding 2200 will give us the velocity of the faster rocket stage.
(b) We’re asked to find the change in KE (Kinetic Energy) from the explosion separating the rocket stages. All we have to do basically is subtract the final KE from the initial. Trivial.
Since the formula for KE is , all this problem is is plugging in. Like every other physics problem.
Evaluating is always such a bother. Ugh.
The KE change from final to initial (I now realize I shoulda flipped it the other way, hehe) is:
Flipping the sign, the kinetic energy produced by the explosion is:
14. (III) A rocket of total mass 3180 kg is traveling in outer space with a velocity of 115 m/s. To alter its course by , its rockets can be fired briefly in a direction perpendicular to its original motion. If the rocket gases are expelled at a speed of 1750 m/s, how much mass must be expelled?
I think this would be easier with forces, so I’ll do it with forces first before doing it with conservation of momentum or whatever. The original force plus the force caused by the perpendicular expulsion of rocket gases must have an angle of 35 degrees.
Where R represents the rocket and G represents the expelled gases. Problem: we don’t know the acceleration. Nevermind then, let’s use momentum. Same deal, whatever.
Damn, I did this wrong. Maybe it wasn’t so trivial after all.
I feel stupid now.
Where “P” indicates the vector in the direction of propulsion, and “G” is the same vector in the opposite direction (the velocity of the gas itself). Since, by conservation of momentum:
Since is just , we can substitute:
Now, we’re trying to find , the mass of gas that needs to be expelled.
WOOOW. My second approach was wrong too. Ugh, lol.
Following along with the textbook’s approach:
Basically, instead of comparing, like, the total momentum, they’re only comparing the momentum in the perpendicular axis. That’s smart…