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1 Forces in Motion Newton’s Laws

2 Free Fall and Acceleration
Galileo’s experiment

3 Free Fall Acceleration towards Earth for all objects is 9.8 m/s/s =g
V=gt Acceleration towards Earth for all objects is 9.8 m/s/s =g 0 m/s 9.8 m/s 19.6 m/s 29.4 m/s

4 Gravity and Mass? F = GMm/r2 F = ma Ma = GMm/r2 A = GM/r2 F = mg

5 Questions What is the velocity of a penny that is dropped from a building after 2 secs? If the penny strikes the ground in 4.0 secs, what is its final velocity? Can you determine the height of the building?

6 What about Air Resistance
Air creates friction – it is a force that is pushing up against a free fall object. It increases as the object falls faster and faster. Net force = acceleration due to gravity – force created by air Terminal velocity – when the upward force of air resistance matches the downward force of gravity.


8 Drop a Penny from the Empire State Building
Could it kill someone? The building is 1000 feet (305 meters) Penny weighs about 1 gram Penny reaches terminal velocity at about 50 ft (15 m) Free fall really only occurs in a vacuum

9 Orbiting Objects Orbiting objects are in free fall
Orbiting is caused by the combination of 2 motions (moving forward and free falling) The motions cancel each other out) Centripetal force – unbalanced force that causes objects to move in a circular path “toward the center”


11 Projectile Motion Horizontal Motion Vertical Motion – 9.8 m/s

12 Newton’s First Law: An object at rest remains at rest and an object in motion remains in motion at constant speed and in a straight line unless acted on by an unbalanced force Friction is the ultimate unbalanced force



15 Inertia Inertia – the tendency of all objects to resist any change in motion. How does inertia effect you at the amusement park? (roller coaster, scrambler, free fall, spinner, standing on the tram)) Mass is a measure of inertia (small mass = less inertia)

16 Newton’s Second Law The acceleration of an object depends on the mass of the object and the amount of force applied


18 Acceleration depends on mass – full shopping cart vs an empty one.
- for the same force an object’s acceleration decreases as its mass increases & its acceleration increases as its mass decreases

19 a=F/m F=ma Acceleration depends on force
Acceleration increases as the force on it increases and decreases as the force on it decreases a=F/m or F=ma

20 Why do all objects fall to the Earth with the same Acceleration?
Weight is offset by inertia Apple m= kg F=1N 1N = 1 kgm/s/s a = 1kgm/s/s = m/s/s 0.102 kg Watermelon m= 1.02 kg F=10N 10N = 10 kgm/s/s a = 10kgm/s/s = m/s/s 1.02 kg

21 Newton’s Third Law of Motion
Whenever one object exerts a force on a second object, the second object exerts an equal and opposite force on the first “all forces act in pairs” – the action force and the reaction force The reaction force is the water pushing on the swimmer’s hands The action force is the swimmer’s hand pushing on the water

22 What about gravity Action – the Earth pulls the ball toward it
Reaction – the ball pulls the Earth towards it. Why don’t you notice the ball’s attraction to the Earth F = ma F= mg

23 The rabbit’s legs exert a force on Earth
The rabbit’s legs exert a force on Earth. Earth exerts an equal force on the rabbit’s legs, causing the rabbit to accelerate upward. Does the Earth move when the rabbit jumps upwards?????

24 What would happen if everyone on the planet went to Mexico and started jumping
Actually if that were to happen, at the precise moment when the people jumped, the loss of all that weight from the earths surface would cause the earth to move out of orbit, but the moment the people's feet landed back onto the ground, that force would put the earth back into normal orbit.

25 Momentum A property of a moving object that depends on its mass and velocity Conservation of Momentum – anytime 2 or more objects interact they may exchange momentum but the total momentum stays the same

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