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PHYSICS
CHAPTER 1
: CONVERSIONS AND KINEMATICS
CONVERSIONS WORKSHEET SOLUTIONS
1.
On planet Q, quash is a popular beverage among the natives. The average person on Q consumes 5
guppies of quash per month. There are 11 months per year on Q and an estimated popu
lation of 700
million. Provide an order of magnitude estimate value for the total value of quash consumed per year
(in guppy units).
1A.
(1)
Start
: 11 x 5 x 700,000,000
(2)
Round
: 10
1
x 10
1
x 10
9
(3)
10
11
guppy units
2.
Note the following mathemati
cal expression:
y = x
2
. Which one of the statements is most consistent with this expression?
(a) If y doubles, then x quadruples
(b) y is greater than x
(c) if x doubles, then y doubles
(d) if x doubles, then y quadruples
2A.
(D)
if x doubles, then
y quadruples.
(1) y = x
2
(2) y = 2(
2x
)
2
(3) y = 4x
2
(4)
y = (4)x
2
3.
On planet R, the standard unit of length is the rigby. If a 5.8 foot height astronaut travels to planet R
and is measured to have a height of 121 rigbys, what would be the height i
n rigbys of another astronaut
who measures 6.5 feet in height?
3A.
(1) h = (6.5
foot
)
121 rigbys
5.8
foot
(2)
h = 135.6 rigbys
4.
If a submarine on the surface dives at an angle of 30 degrees with respect to the h
orizontal and
follows a straight line path for a distance of 50 m, how far below the surface will it be (measured in m)?
4A.
(1) y = (sin 30
o
)(50 m)
(2) y = (0.5)(50 m)
(3)
y = 25 m
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5.
Suppose it takes you 20 minutes to walk a mile. If you trained s
o that you could walk steadily day
after day, for 5 hours a day, estimate how long it would take you to walk across America (about 3000
miles).
5A.
(1) (1 mile / 20
minutes
) (60
minutes
/ hour) = 3 miles / 1 hour
(2) (1 hour / 3
miles
) (3000
miles
/ t
rip) = 1000 hour / trip
(3) (1000
hour
/ trip) (1
day
/ 5
hours
) (1 month / 30
days
) =
6.67 months
6.
Which point is nearest the x axis?
(a) (3,4) (b) (4,3) (c) (

5, 2) (d) (

2,

5)
6A.
(c )
(

5, 2)
7.
A gallon of paint (volume = 3.78 x 10

3
m
3
) covers 35 m
2
. What is the thickness of the paint on the
wall (in millimeters)?
7A.
(1)
V = A T
(2) T = V / A
(3) T = (3.78 x 10

3
m
3
) / 35 m
2
(4) T = 1.08 x 10

4
m
(5)
T = 0.11 mm
8.
Convert 60.0 mph to a speed in km/hr.
8A.
(60
miles
/ 1 ho
ur) (5280
feet
/ 1
mile
) (12
inches
/ 1
foot
) (2.54
cm
/ 1
inch
) (1
m
/ 100
cm
) (1 km /
1000
m
) =
96.6 km/hr
9.
How many seconds are in 3 hours?
9A.
(1) (3
hours
) (60
minutes
/ 1
hour
) (60 s / 1
minute
)
(2)
10,800 s
10.
How far can you travel in 7 hou
rs if you drive 55 miles per hour?
10A.
(1) (7
hours
) (55 miles / 1
hour
)
(2)
385 miles
11.
How many days will it take to earn $160 if your pay is $4.00 per hour? (Assume 8

hour work days.)
11A.
(1) (
$
160) (1
hour
/
$
4.00) (1 day / 8
hours
)
(2)
5 days
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12.
Calculate the number of laboratory reports Mr. Jones, the chemistry teacher, will have to grade
during the school year if his students each do 15 experiments. Mr. Jones has 4 classes of 24 students
each.
12A.
(1) (4
classes
) (24
students
/ 1
class
)
(15 reports / 1
student
)
(2)
1440 reports
13.
Mr. Jones plans to do an experiment with his classes which requires 2 test tubes per student. How
many dozens of test tubes will Mr. Jones need to supply to the students in his 4 classes of 24 students
each
?
13A.
(1) (4
classes
) (24
students
/1
class
) (2
test tubes
/1
student
) (1 dozen test tubes / 12
test tubes
)
(2)
16 dozen test tubes
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CHAPTER 1
: CONVERSIONS AND KINEMATICS
KINEMATICS WORKSHEET SOLUTIONS
1.
A basketball rolls 10 m across a gym floor,
hits a wall, and rebounds backwards 10 m all in a time of
4.0 seconds. A sketch of x versus time t is shown.
1a.
What is the peak value of
x
in the figure above?
A.
10 meters
because the wall is 10 meters away.
1b.
What is the ball's instantaneous
velocity at t = 2 s?
A.
v at 2 seconds = 0
because it is momentarily stopped against the wall.
1c.
A sketch of the ball’s velocity versus time is shown below. What are v
o
and v?
A.
INITIAL VELOCITY:
(1) v
AVG
= [(x
–
x
o
) / (t
–
t
o
)]
(2) v
AVG
= [(1
0m

0m) / (2s

0s)]
(3)
v
o
=
5 m/s
FINAL VELOCITY:
(4) Same magnitude as initial velocity, but traveling in the opposite direction.
(5) v =

v
o
(6)
v =

5 m/s
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2.
A European sports car dealer claims that his product will accelerate at a constant r
ate from rest to a
speed of 120 km/hr in 7 s. What is the acceleration?
2A.
(1) v = (120
km
/1
hour
)(1000 m/
km
)(1
hour
/3600 s)
(2)
v = 33.3 m/s
(3)
v = v
o
+ at
(4) v =
0
+ at
(5) v = at
(6) a = v / t
(7) a = (
33.3 m/s
) / (7 s)
(8)
a = 4.76 m/s
2
3
.
A car traveling at 30 m/s slows to a stop in 100 m.
3a.
What is the time required to stop?
A.
GIVEN: v
o
= 30 m/s, v = 0 m/s, d = 100 m
FIND: t
(1)
d = ½ (v + v
o
)t
(2) 2 [d = ½ (v + v
o
) t]
(3) 2d = (v + v
o
)t
(4) t = (2d) / (v + v
o
)
(5) t = [2(
100m) / (0 m/s + 30 m/s)]
(6)
t = 6.67 s
3b.
What is the acceleration?
A.
(1) a = [(v

v
o
) / (t
–
t
o
)]
(2) a = [(0 m/s

30 m/s) / 6.67 s] (Note: The 6.67 seconds is from
3a.
)
(3)
a =

4.50 m/s
2
4.
A ball is thrown vertically upward at a speed t
hat causes it to return to its starting point 15.0 seconds
later.
4a.
What is the ball's displacement in this interval?
A.
0 meters
. The final position coincides with the initial position.
4b.
Determine the relative direction of the initial (v
o
) and t
he final (v) velocities.
A.
Final velocity is the negative of initial velocity:
v
o
=

v
4c.
Find the initial velocity.
A.
Realize that the ball stops momentarily in the air at maximum height:
(1)
v = v
o
+ at
(2) v = v
o

g
t
(3)
0
= v
o

gt
(4) v
o
= gt
(5) v
o
= (9.8 m/s
2
)(7.5 sec)
(6)
v
o
= 73.5 m/s
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5.
A rock, released at rest from the top of a tower, hits the ground after falling for 2.00s. What is the
height of the tower?
5A.
(1)
d = v
o
t + ½ at
2
(2)
d =
v
o
t
–
½ gt
2
(3) d =

½ gt
2
(4)
d
=

½ (9.8 m/s
2
)(2 s)
2
(5)
d =

19.6 m
(6)
h = 19.6 m
6.
A rock is thrown downward from the top of a tower with an initial speed of 12 m/s. If the rock hits
the ground after 3.25 s, what is the speed of the rock as it hits the ground?
6A.
(1)
v = v
o
+ at
(2)
v = v
o

g
t
(3) v = (

12 m/s)
–
(9.8 m/s
2
)(3.25 s)
(4)
v
=

12.0 m/s
–
31.9 m/s
(5)
v =

43.9 m/s
7.
A ball is released and it rolls down a hill with constant acceleration. At the end of one second, it has
traveled 2 m. How far has it
traveled after six seconds?
7A.
GIVEN: x
1
= 2 m
FIND: x
6
(1)
x
1
=
v
o
t
+ ½ at
2
(2) x
1
= ½ at
2
(3)
2
[x
1
= ½ at
2
]
(4)
2x
1
= at
2
(5)
a = (2x
1
/ t
2
)
(6)
a = 2 (2 m) / (1 s)
2
(7)
a = 4 m/s
2
(8)
x
6
=
v
o
t
+ ½ at
2
(9)
x
6
= ½ (
4 m/s
2
)(6 s)
2
(10)
x
6
= 7
2 m
8.
A locomotive slows from 28 m/s to zero in 12 s. What distance does it travel?
8A.
(1)
d = ½ (v + v
o
)t
(2) d = ½ (
0 m/s
+ 28 m/s)(12 s)
(3)
d = ½ (28 m/s)(12 s)
(4)
d = 168 m
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CHAPTER 1
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QUIZ SOLUTIONS
1.
Solve
this question as an “order of magnitude” problem as solved in class. On planet Y, yiggy is a
popular beverage among the natives. The average person on Y consumes 8.9 yaks of yiggy per month.
There are 9 months per year on Y and an estimated population
of 1 billion. Provide an order

of

magnitude estimate value for the total volume of yiggy consumed per year (in yak units).
1A.
(1)
Start
: 8.9 x 9 x 1,000,000,000
(2)
Round
: 10
1
x 10
1
x 10
9
(3)
10
11
yiggy units
2.
If a bird on the ground flies at an
angle of 20 degrees with respect to the horizontal and follows a
straight line path for a distance of 80 m, how far above the ground will it be (measured in m)?
2A.
(1) y = (sin 20
o
)(80 m)
(2) y = (0.342)(80 m)
(3)
y = 27.4 m
3.
A ball is thrown vert
ically upward at a speed that causes it to return to its starting point 6.0 seconds
later. Find the initial velocity.
3A.
Realize that the ball stops momentarily in the air at maximum height:
(1)
v = v
o
+ at
(2) v = v
o

g
t
(3)
0
= v
o

gt
(4) v
o
=
gt
(5) v
o
= (9.8 m/s
2
)(3.0 sec)
(6)
v
o
= 29.4 m/s
4.
A rock, released at rest from the top of a tower, hits the ground after falling for 3.00s. What is the
height of the tower?
4A.
(1)
d = v
o
t + ½ at
2
(2)
d =
v
o
t
–
½ gt
2
(3) d =

½ gt
2
(4)
d
=

½ (9.8 m/s
2
)(3 s)
2
(5)
d =

44.1 m
(6)
h = 44.1 m
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5.
A ball is released and it rolls down a hill with constant acceleration. At the end of one second, it has
traveled 2 m. How far has it traveled after four seconds?
5A.
GIVEN: x
1
= 2 m
FIND
: x
4
(1)
x
1
=
v
o
t
+ ½ at
2
(2) x
1
= ½ at
2
(3)
2
[x
1
= ½ at
2
]
(4)
2x
1
= at
2
(5)
a = (2x
1
/ t
2
)
(6)
a = 2 (2 m) / (1 s)
2
(7)
a = 4 m/s
2
(8)
x
4
=
v
o
t
+ ½ at
2
(9)
x
4
= ½ (
4 m/s
2
)(4 s)
2
(10)
x
4
= 32.0 m
6.
A locomotive slows from 25 m/s to zero in 11
s. What distance does it travel?
6A.
(1)
d = ½ (v + v
o
)t
(2) d = ½ (
0 m/s
+ 25 m/s)(11 s)
(3)
d = ½ (25 m/s)(11 s)
(4)
d = 137.5 m
7.
A rock is thrown downward from the top of a tower with an initial speed of 8 m/s. If the rock hits the
ground af
ter 2.50 s, what is the speed of the rock as it hits the ground?
7A.
(1)
v = v
o
+ at
(2)
v = v
o

g
t
(3) v = (

8 m/s)
–
(9.8 m/s
2
)(2.50 s)
(4)
v =

32.5 m/s
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