Physics Midterm

  1. Units that measure weight are units of: 

    C. force
  2. A force unit is defined as the product of a mass unit and a unit of:

    A.  acceleration
  3. The gravitational force exerted on an object would most likely be represented by which force vector?

    C.  Image Upload 5
  4. Which of the following situations describes inertia?

    D. All of the above
  5. Which of the following statements describe an object in equilibrium?
    I. The object is at rest.
    II. The object is moving at constant velocity.
    III. The net external force on the object is zero.

    C. I, II, and III
  6. In which situation is the net force acting on a car zero?

    D. The car maintains both its speed and direction
  7. In an action-reaction pair, the 

    A. action force and the reaction force act on two different objects
  8. The length of a force vector represents the 

    C. magnitude of the force
  9. If a nonzero net force is acting on an object, then the object is definitely

    A. being accelerated
  10. Which statement about the acceleration of an object is correct?

    A. The acceleration of an object is directly proportional to the net external force acting on the object and inversely proportional to the mass of the object.
  11. Centripetal acceleration must involve a change in

    B. An object's velocity
  12. What term describes a force that causes an object to move in a circular path

    B. Centripetal force
  13. A centripetal force acts

    C. Perpendicular to tangential speed but in the same plane
  14. What is the centripetal force that holds planets in orbit?

    B. Kepler's force
  15. The speed of an object orbiting another object depends on:

    B. The mass of the object being orbited and the distance between the objects
  16. The centripetal force on an object in circular motion is:

    C. In the same direction as the centripetal acceleration
  17. When an astronaut in orbit experiences apparent weightlessness, 

    D. The net gravitational force on the astronaut is not balanced by a normal force
  18. If an object starts to accelerate, 

    C. An unbalanced force is acting on it
  19. The tendency to resist a change in an objects motion is:

    C. Inertia
  20. When forces are balanced, the total force:

    A. Is zero
  21. Newton's first law of motion explains:

    D. Inertia
  22. The reaction force occurs _______ the action force. 

    C. After
  23. Which describes how velocity changes with time?

    D. Acceleration
  24. A person who is not wearing a seat belt is involved in a head-on car crash. They continue to move forwards because of:

    D. Inertia
  25. What is the term for speed at any instant in time?

    D. Instantaneous speed
  26. Newton's first law of motion states that an object stays at rest unless a(n) ________ acts on it.

    C. Unbalanced force
  27. Which of the following objects has the greatest inertia?

    A. Bowling ball
  28. A force is which one of these?

    D. A push or pull
  29. Force is measured in which unit?

    C. Newtons
  30. A force is exerted on a box and an equal and opposite force is exerted by the box. What explains this?

    D. Newton's third law of motion
  31. Which of the following situations represents a negative displacement? (Assume positive position is measured vertically upwards along a y-axis.)

    C. A cat jumps from a tree limb to the ground
  32. Suppose you are given a position vs. time graph. The slope of a line drawn tangent to a point on the curve of this graph describes what quantity?

    B. Instantaneous velocity
  33. When a car's velocity is positive and its acceleration is negative, what is happening to the car's motion?

    A. The car slows down
  34. When a car's velocity is negative and its acceleration is negative, what is happening to the car's motion?

    C. The car speeds up
  35. Acceleration due to gravity is also called:

    B. Free-fall acceleration
  36. Which of the following statements applies to the motion of a ball rising and then falling in free fall?
    I. The ball has constant acceleration as it moves upward. 
    II. The ball has constant acceleration at the top of its path.
    III. The ball has constant acceleration as it moves downward.

    B. I, II, and III
  37. A baseball catcher throws a ball vertically upwards and catches it in the same spot as it returns to his glove. At what point in the ball's path does it experience zero velocity and nonzero acceleration at the same time?

    A. At the top of its path
  38. When there is no air resistance, objects of different masses dropped form rest:

    B. Fall with equal accelerations and with equal displacements
  39. Objects that are falling towards Earth in free-fall move:

    D. Faster and faster
  40. Which would hit the ground first if dropped from the same height in a vacuum- a feather or a metal bolt?

    B. They would hit the ground at the same time
  41. A dog walks from +4 m to +2 m. Which of the following statements is true about the dog's motion?

    C. x= +2 m
  42. An object in free fall:

    D. All of the above
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Physics Midterm
Physics Midterm