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Unformatted text preview: Physics 172 – Recitation 02 Fall 2011 You will find more information about the topics covered in today’s problems in chapter 1 and in sections 2.1 through 2.3 of chapter 2 of the text. Problem 1. A child is playing with a low-friction toy car on the balcony of her mother’s apartment. The figure below shows the car’s position at a sequence of equally spaced times separated by 0.226 seconds. It shows the car initially running in the x direction, under the guardrail and off the edge of the balcony at time . The x-axis runs along the level ground below the balcony. The y-axis runs vertically upward and the z-axis points toward you. The gridlines shown are 1 meter apart. a) What are the components of the vectors ! ! r 21 and ! ! r 32 representing the displacement of the toy car as it rolls across the balcony? Don’t forget to show the units of the components of these and the other vectors you work with today. b) What are the components of the toy car’s average velocity vector between times and ? Between and ? Explain how your answers are consistent with Newton’s first law and what you know about the interactions between the car and its surroundings as it rolls across the balcony. c) What is the toy car’s speed as it rolls across the balcony? What are the components of the unit vector representing the direction of the toy car’s velocity as it rolls across the balcony? What are the components of the toy car’s instantaneous velocity at just as it leaves the edge of the balcony? leaves the edge of the balcony?...
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This note was uploaded on 12/07/2011 for the course PHYS 172 taught by Professor ? during the Fall '08 term at Purdue.
- Fall '08