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Henderson's Regular Physics Quizzes

(1999-00 School Year)


Suggestions for this week's quiz (Unit 2, Quiz#2):

This week's quiz on Unit 2 material is tentatively scheduled for Friday, October 8. The quiz will be a one-page quiz, covering both sides of a single sheet of paper. The quiz will be much like last week's quiz, except that there will be more word problems and a heavier emphasis on the force of friction and free-fall acceleration. The equations for net force, frictional force, gravitational force, and average acceleration will be provided; the value of g will be given; the kinemiatic equations will be given. Other than a calculator, no other helps will be provided nor allowed. Students can expect the following concepts, skills, and problem-types to be assessed on this quiz:

  1. An understanding of inertia and its relation to mass and various applications of this concept (as discussed in class and in the Hewitt book).
  2. An understanding of Newton's first law of motion and its application to a variety of motion phenomena and a recognition of the various misconceptions which are contrary to Newtonian thinking. Be certain that you believe that an object can move to the right without having to have a force to the right.
  3. An understanding of the distinction between mass and weight and an ability to determine one quantity if given the other. This is a sure bet.
  4. An understanding of what a force is and of the action-reaction nature of all forces.
  5. An ability to recognize the presence or absence of forces in any physical situation and to draw a free-body diagram (illustrating the presence, the type, and the direction of all forces acting upon an object) if given a verbal description of a physical situation. You can be certain of having to draw 2-4 FBDs.
  6. An understanding of Newton's second law of motion and its use to make quantitative predictions of the effect of one variable upon another variable (e.g., the effect of the doubling of the mass upon the acceleration). If the mass is doubled and the net force is tripled, then the acceleration is ...
  7. A solid grasp of the relationships between mass, acceleration, net force, and individual force values and the application of this understanding to determining the numerical values of such quantities. See Finding Invidual Force Values or Finding Acceleration.
  8. An ability to use Newton's second law and a force analysis to solve word problems involving forces and motion (much like the last question on last week's quiz and like the half-page sheet we did in class). See Finding Invidual Force Values or Finding Acceleration.
  9. An understanding of the force-mass-acceleration relationships for free-fall motion and an ability to use kinematic equations to predict the final motion parameters of a free-falling object (as on pp. 29-30 of the packet).
  10. An understanding of air resistance and terminal velocity and the ability to solve word problems involving air resistance and terminal velocity. (Review the Bronco Brown handout and view the Bronco Brown animation.)
  11. An understanding of previous concepts from previous units - especially dot diagrams, velocity-time graphs, and v-t numerical data. Use the links below to see the Studying Suggestions for the first four quizzes of the year.
Unit 1, Quiz #1
Unit 1, Quiz #2
Unit 1, Quiz #3
Unit 2, Quiz #1


Beware of Those Misconceptions

This quiz will target specific student misconceptions associated with force and motion. In addition to usage of module 3 ("Newton's Laws") and module 4 (F = m*a) of Minds On Physics, students should also give attention to the content of two web pages which complement class discussion. The two pages relate to:

Use the above links to view the pages.


There are several sample quizzes for this unit. Some of the questions found on the first quizzes of the unit are representative of the questions often found on the second quizzes of the unit. Use the following links to view some quizzes:

Quiz#1 (1994)

Quiz#1 (1995)

Quiz#1 (1998)

Quiz#2 (1998)


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