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# AP QUIZ #5 2D MOTION

## WWT08: SPEEDBOATS CHANGING VELOCITIESACCELERATION

Two speedboats are racing on a lake. In 10 seconds, Boat A goes from traveling east at 15 m/s to traveling north at
20 m/s. In the same time interval, Boat B goes from 20 m/s east to 25 m/s east.
Boat A

Boat B
10 seconds

15 m/s

10 seconds
20 m/s

20 m/s

25 m/s

## A student watching the race states:

These two boats have the same acceleration for the 10-second interval since they both changed their
velocities by 5 m/s in that time interval.
What, if anything, is wrong with this students contention? If something is wrong, identify it, and explain how
to correct it. If the contention is correct, explain why.
Answer: The students explanation is wrong since he/she took the differences in the magnitudes of the velocities
rather than the actual velocity differences for the interval. The acceleration for boat A will be directed at some
angle to the northwest and will have a magnitude of 25m/s (the length of the v vector, since it is the hypotenuse
of a 3-4-5 right triangle) divided by 10 s, giving 2.5m/s2. Boat Bs acceleration is directed eastward and has a
magnitude of 5 m/s divided by 10 s, giving 0.5m/s2.
vi

vf

v vi
vf

Boat A

Boat B

## B2-WWT09: Falling Rock and Thrown RockVelocity Graphs

Rock A is dropped from the top of a cliff at the same instant that Rock B is thrown horizontally away from the cliff.
The rocks are identical. A student draws the following graphs to describe part of the motion of the rocks, using a
coordinate system in which the positive vertical direction is up, the positive horizontal direction is away from the
cliff, and the origin is the point the rocks were released from.
Rock A

Rock B

v (horizontal)

v (horizontal)

time

Rock A

Rock B

v (vertical)

time

v (vertical)

time

time

What, if anything, is wrong with these graphs for the motions of the
two rocks? If something is wrong, identify it and explain how to correct it. If the graphs are correct, explain
why.
The horizontal velocity graphs need to be switched, because Rock A has no horizontal velocity, and Rock B
has a constant horizontal velocity. The vertical graph for Rock B is correct for both rock

Rock A

Rock B

v (horizontal)

v (horizontal)

time

v (vertical)

time

v (vertical)

time

time

## 2-QRT10: Projectile MotionVelocity and Acceleration Graphs

A baseball is thrown from point S in right field to home plate. The dashed line in the diagram shows the path of the
ball. Use a coordinate system with up as the positive vertical direction and to the right as the positive horizontal
direction, with the origin at the point the ball was thrown from (point S).

S
Home plate

## In the spaces below, sketch graphs for the indicated quantities:

(1) The horizontal velocity vs. time and the vertical velocity vs. time.
v (horizontal)

v (vertical)

time

time

## Answer: Since the positive horizontal

direction is to the right, the
horizontal velocity will be negative.
Since up is the positive vertical
direction the ball has a positive initial
vertical velocity, which decreases to
zero and then becomes negative.

v (horizontal)

v (vertical)

time

time

(2) The horizontal acceleration vs. time and the vertical acceleration vs. time.
a (vertical)

a (horizontal)

time

time

Answer: Since there is no force in

## the horizontal direction there will

be no horizontal acceleration.
The vertical acceleration is
negative and equal in magnitude
to g.

a (horizontal)

a (vertical)

time

## B2-QRT11: Projectile Motion for Two RocksVelocity and Acceleration Graphs II

time

Two identical rocks are thrown horizontally from a cliff, with Rock A having a greater velocity at the instant it is
released than Rock B. Use a coordinate system with down as the positive vertical direction, away from the cliff as
the positive horizontal direction, and with the origin at the bottom of the cliff directly below the release point.
a) Sketch the velocity vs. time graphs for each of the rocks.
Rock A (faster)
v (horizontal)

Rock A (faster)
v (horizontal)

Rock B (slower)
v (horizontal)

Rock B (slower)
v (horizontal)

time

time

time

time

:
v (vertical)

v (vertical)

v (vertical)

v (vertical)
time

time

time

time

## b) Which rock hits the ground first?

Both hit at the same time.
c) Which rock lands farthest from the base of the cliff?
Rock A, the faster rock.
Explain why you drew the graphs as you did and how you determined your answers.
There are no forces in the horizontal direction (ignoring air resistance) so both rocks will have a constant
horizontal velocity. Since Rock B is slower than Rock A, it will have a smaller horizontal velocity. Both rocks are
thrown horizontally, so they have no initial vertical velocity. Both are acted on by gravity, so the slopes of their
vertical velocity graphs are constant and equal to g, and both are positive because gravity is acting down and the
positive direction is defined as down. Both rocks hit at the same time but rock A hits farther from the cliff since it
travels faster in the horizontal direction.
B2-QRT12: Baseball Projectile MotionVelocity and Acceleration Graphs
A baseball is thrown from point S in right field to home plate. The dashed line shows the path of the ball.

S
Home plate

Use a coordinate system with up as the positive vertical direction and to the left as the positive horizontal direction,
and with the origin at home plate.
Select the graph from the choices below that best represents:
1) horizontal velocity vs. time graph
____
2) horizontal acceleration vs. time graph
____
3) vertical velocity vs. time graph
____
4) vertical acceleration vs. time graph ____

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

time

None of these
-Explain or
Sketch graph

Answer: There are no horizontal forces (neglecting air resistance) and the ball will have no horizontal
acceleration, so the horizontal velocity will be constant. The positive direction is to the left, so the horizontal
velocity will be positive. Since up is positive, the initial vertical velocity is positive, and the final vertical velocity is
negative. The only vertical force is gravity acting downward, and so the acceleration is constant, negative, and
equal in magnitude to g. Since the acceleration is constant, the slope of the velocity must be constant, so the
vertical velocity must be a straight line sloping downward from its initial positive value to its final negative value.
The answers are (1) A; (2) C; (3) I; and (4) B.

## B2-CRT13: PROJECTILE MOTION FOR TWO ROCKSVELOCITY GRAPHS

Two students throw two rocks horizontally from a cliff with different velocities. Both rocks hit the water below at
the same time but Rock B hits farther from the base of the cliff. Use coordinates where up is the positive vertical
direction, away from the cliff is the positive horizontal direction, and the origin is at the top of the cliff at the point
of release.
Sketch below velocity vs. time graphs for each rock.
Rock A (closer)
v (horizontal)

+y
+x

Rock B (farther)
v (horizontal)

time

v (vertical)

time

Rock A

v (vertical)

time

Rock B

time

Rock A (closer)
v (horizontal)

Rock B (farther)
v (horizontal)

time

time

v (vertical)

v (vertical)

time

time

Explain.
Answer: There are no forces in the horizontal direction (ignoring air resistance) so both rocks will have a
constant horizontal velocity. Since Rock B lands farther away from the cliff than Rock A, it must have had a
larger horizontal velocity. Both rocks are thrown horizontally, so they have no initial vertical velocity. Both
are acted on by gravity, so the slopes of their vertical velocity graphs are constant equal to g, and both slopes
are negative because gravity is acting down and the positive direction is defined as up
B2-RT18: ArrowsMaximum Heights
All of the arrows shown were shot from the same height and at the same angle. While the arrows have the same size
and shape, they are made of different materials so they have different masses, and they have different speeds as they
leave the bows.
A

B
10 m/s

12 m/s

90 g

16 m/s

180 g

10 m/s

100 g

180 g

## Rank these arrows on the maximum heights they reach.

OR
1
Greatest

4
Least

All
the same

All
zero

Cannot
determine

Answer C > B > A = D. Since all of these arrows are subject to the gravitational force of the Earth, which is the
same no matter what the mass of the object, the only factor determining the maximum height is the vertical
component of the velocity at the given point. Since they all have the same angle relative to the horizontal, we can
use the speed at the given point to determine the rankings.

## B2-RT19: Model Rockets Fired at an AngleHorizontal Speed at Top

The six model rockets shown are all at the same height and have just had their engines turned off. All of the rockets
are aimed upward at the same angle, but their speeds differ. Though the rockets are all the same size and shape, they
carry different loads so their masses vary.

25 m/s

20 m/s

800 g

20 m/s

600 g

30 m/s

800 g

400 g

Rank these cases on the horizontal speed of the rockets at the top (at the maximum height).
OR
1
Greatest

4
Least

All
the same

All
zero

Cannot
determine

Answer D > A > B = C. Since all of these rockets are subject to the gravitational force of the Earth, which is the
same no matter what the mass of the object, the only factor determining the maximum height is the vertical
component of the velocity at the given point. Since they all have the same angle relative to the horizontal, we can
use the speed at the given point to determine the rankings.
B2-RT20: CannonballsAcceleration at the Top
All of the cannons in the figures are identical, and all are aimed at the same angle of 35 degrees to the horizontal.
The cannonballs are all the same size and shape, but the masses of the cannonballs, as well as their speeds as they
leave the cannons, are different.
A

v = 80 m/s

6 kg

D
v = 60 m/s

v = 40 m/s

v = 40 m/s
12 kg

8 kg

12 kg

Rank these cases on the acceleration of the cannonballs when they reach their highest point.
OR
1
2
3
4
All
All
Cannot
Greatest
Least
the same
zero determine
Answer: All the same. All of the cannonballs are subject to a net force due to the gravitational force of the earth
which does not depend on mass, so all of the balls have the same acceleration throughout their motion, and this
includes at the top.

## R2-RT21: CannonballsHorizontal Distance

Cannonballs of two different masses are shot from cannons at various angles above the horizontal. The
velocity of each cannonball as it leaves the cannon is given, along with the horizontal component of that
velocity, which is the same in all cases.

B
v = 28.3 m/s
v = 23.1 m/s
45

2 kg

2 kg

30

vx = 20 m/s

vx = 20 m/s

v = 40 m/s

v = 28.3 m/s

4 kg

45

4 kg

vx = 20 m/s

60
vx = 20 m/s

## Rank these cases on the horizontal distance traveled by the cannonballs.

OR
1
Greatest

4
Least

All
the same

All
zero

Cannot
determine

Answer: D > C = B > A. The horizontal distance is based on xf = vo (cos tf. Thus, the range, as xf is sometimes
called, is determined by the initial speed, the angle, and the time of flight. As stated in the problem and in the
diagrams, the horizontal component of the velocity (vo cos is the same value for all six cases, 20 m/s. So, the
range for this ranking task is determined by the time of flight, tf. The time of flight is determined by the ycomponent of the initial velocity (since for all cases the cannonballs start and end at the same height). Hence, the
larger the y-component of the initial velocity, the longer the cannonball will be in the air and the larger its range
will be.
B2-RT22: CannonballsTime in Air
Cannonballs of two different masses are shot from cannons at various angles above the horizontal. The velocity of
each cannonball as it leaves the cannon is given, along with the vertical component of that velocity, which is the
same in all cases.
A

v = 23.1 m/s

v = 40 m/s
vy = 20 m/s

vy = 20 m/s
30

60
2 kg

2 kg

v = 28.3 m/s

v = 40 m/s
vy = 20 m/s
vy = 20 m/s

45
30

2 kg

4 kg

Rank these cases on the time the cannonballs are in the air.
OR
1
2
3
4
All
All
Cannot
Greatest
Least
the same
zero determine