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October 16, 2008

Physics 130 - a

Dr. Schmidt
Midterm

Write you name and exam code on the cover of the blue book. The exam code is at the top of the reverse side of the
exam above the equation sheet. Put all your answers in the blue book. Start a new page for each problem. Partial
credit will be given for incomplete answers. At the conclusion of the exam fold this exam in half and place in your
blue book and turn in your blue book.
1. (15 points) A ball is thrown straight up with an initial velocity vo from a
point yo as shown in the graph of position vs. time. Assume up to be in the
y(m)
positive y-direction. For each of the following statements write True of
False. If the statement is False rewrite the statement to make it True.
A
a. The velocity is zero at B
b. The velocity at C is negative.
0
c. The acceleration is zero at B.
d. The acceleration at C is negative.
e. The magnitude of the final velocity at C is less than the initial velocity at A

C
t(s)

2. (10 points) Discuss the difference between the terms mass and weight. Which is a vector and which is a scalar
quantity. Which will appear to change for an object moving from the surface of the earth to the surface of the moon.
Which will remain the same in either environment. Explain.
3. (15 points) Two paintballs, one red and one blue are fired into the air from the ground with the same initial speeds,
but with red larger than blue. For each question answer: red, blue, both, or not enough info.
a) Which ball reaches higher?
b) Which lands with the highest speed?
c) Which stays up longer?
d) Which has the greatest speed at the top of the trajectory
e) Which goes further?

4. (15 points) In a half marathon a runner covers 10 km at a speed of 7.0 m/s and then rests a half hour. He
then finishes the last 11.1 km at 4.5 m/s. At what constant speed would a competitor have to go to match
this pace?
5. (15 points) A certain stop sign on aparticular stretch of road just becomes visible to a driver at a distance
of 12 m away from the intersection. What speed limit should be set for this stretch of road if the average
deceleration is 0.6g?
6. (15 points) A light-year is the distance light travels in a year. How many miles are there in a light-year if the speed
of light is 299,800 km/s? (1.609 km = 1 mi. 3600 s = 1 hr 24 hr = 1 d 365 d = 1 yr)
7. (15 points) An airplane is to make a drop of supplies to a marooned sailor on a small isle. The pilot flying level at
150 km/hr and at an altitude of 75 m missed the drop-off point 160 m from the isle measured horizontally. He is
now 120 m from the isle and must throw the package down with an initial velocity to have it land on the isle. What
vertical velocity does he have to impart to the package?