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14. A freight train rolls along a track with considerable momentum. If it rolls at the same speed but has twice as much mass, its momentum is ____.
a. zero 
b. quadrupled 
c. doubled 
d. unchanged 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Momentum is directly related to the mass of the object. So for the same speed, a doubling of mass leads to a doubling of momentum. 
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15. A rifle recoils from firing a bullet. The speed of the rifle's recoil is small because the ___.
a. force against the rifle is relatively small. 
b. speed is mainly concentrated in the bullet. 
c. rifle has lots of mass. 
d. momentum of the rifle is unchanged. 
e. none of these. 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Please don't answer A (for it will make Newton roll over in his grave and he's getting pretty tired of that); "for every action, there is an equal ...". Choice B is invalid; speed is not something that becomes concentrated or squeexed into an object. Choice D is invalid; ask anyone who's fired a rifle if the rifle begins to move (of course, since it does, its momentum is not unchanged). Because of the large mass of the rifle, the acceleration is small. 
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16. Two objects, A and B, have the same size and shape, but A is twice as heavy as B. When they are dropped simultaneously from a tower (in the absence of air resistance), they reach the ground at the same time, but A has a higher ___.
a. speed 
b. acceleration 
c. momentum 
d. all of the above 
e. none of the above 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C The two objects freefall at the same rate of acceleration, thus giving them the same speed when they hit the ground. The heavier object however has more momentum since momentum takes into account both the speed and the mass of the object (p=m*v). 
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17. Padded dashboards in cars are safer in an accident than nonpadded ones because they ____.
a. increase the impact time. 
b. decrease an occupant's impulse. 
c. decrease the impact force 
d. two of the above 
e. none of the above. 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: A Both A and C are correct. Padded dashboard serve to increase the time over which the momentum of a passenger is reduced to zero. With this increase in time, there is a decrease in force (big T, little f). The impulse acting upon the passenger is not changed since the passenger still must have his/her mass slowed down from the preimpact velocity to zero velocity. 
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18. A 4 kg ball has a momentum of 12 kg*m/s. The ball's speed is ___ m/s.
a. 3 
b. 4 
c. 12 
d. 48 
e. none of these. 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: A This is a relatively simple plugandchug into the equation p=m*v with m=4 kg and p=12 kg*m/s. 
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19. A piece of putty moving with 1 unit of momentum strikes and sticks to a heavy bowling ball that is initially at rest. After the putty sticks to the ball, both are set in motion with a combined momentum that is ___.
a. less than 1 unit 
b. more than 1 unit 
c. 1 unit 
d. not enough information 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Since momentum must be conserved, the total momentum of the ball and putty must be 1 unit. (Before the collision, the total system momentum is also 1 unit  all due to the motion of the putty.) 
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20. A large force acting for a long amount of time on a small mass will produce a ______.
a. small velocity change 
b. large velocity change 
c. small momentum change 
d. small acceleration 
e. two of the above 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: B A large force on a small mass will result in a large acceleration (a=F/m) and subsequently a large velocity change (Delta v = a*t). This rules out choices A and D. A large force and for a long time will result in a large impulse and therefore a large momentum change. This rules out choice C. 
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21. Force and time pertains to momentum change in the same manner as force and distance pertains to ___________.
a. impulse 
b. work 
c. energy change 
d. velocity 
e. none of these. 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C A force multiplied by a time gives an impulse which will cause (and be equal to) a momentum change. In the same manner, a force multiplied by a distance gives work which will cause (and be equal to) an energy change. Reread those two sentences because it relates two big concepts. 
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22. A 5N force is applied to a 3kg object to change its velocity from +9 m/s to +3 m/s. The momentum change of the object is:
a. 2.5 kg*m/s 
b. 10 kg*m/s 
c. 18 kg*m/s 
d. 45 kg*m/s 
e. none of these 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Don't make this harder than it is; the momentum change of an object can be found if the mass and the velocity change are known. In this equation, m=3 kg and the velocity change is 6 m/s. When finding the velocity change, always subtract the initial velocity from the final velocity (v_{f}  v_{i}). The momentum change can also be found if the force and the time are known. Multiplying force*time yields the impulse and the impulse equals the momentum change. 
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23. A 5N force is applied to a 3kg object to change its velocity from +9 m/s to +3 m/s. The impulse experienced by the object is:
a. 2.5 N*s 
b. 10 N*s 
c. 18 N*s 
d. 45 N*s 
e. none of these 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Impulse is defined as a force acting upon and object for a given amount of time. Impulse can be computed by multiplying force*time. But in this problem, the time is not known. Never fear  the impulse equals the momentum change. The momentum change in this problem is 18 kg*m/s (see question #22). Thus, the impulse is 18 N*s. 
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24. A 5N force is applied to a 3kg object to change its velocity from +9 m/s to +3 m/s. The impulse acts for a time period of
a. 1.8 s 
b. 2.5 s 
c. 3.6 s 
d. 10 s 
e. none of these 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: C Use the impulse momentum change theorem with F=5 N, m=3 kg and Delta v=6 m/s. Solving for time involves the following steps. 
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25. When a mass M experiences a velocity change of v in a time of t, it experiences a force of F. Assuming the same velocity change of v, the force experienced by a mass of 2M in a time of (1/2)t is
a. 2F 
b. 4F 
c. (1/2)*F 
d. (1/4)*F 
e. none of these 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: B The impulsemomentum change theorem states that F*t = m*(Delta vel.). This equation can be rearranged to locate the F by itself on one side of the equation; rearranging yields The equation shows that force is directly related to the mass, directly related to the change in velocity, and inversely related to the time. So any change in mass will result in the same change in force; and any change in time will result in the inverse effect upon the force. In this case, doubling the mass (from M to 2M) will double the force and halving the time (from t to 1/2t) will double the force. The combined effect of these two changes will make the new force four times bigger than the old force. This is a case of where equations can be a guide to thinking about how a change in one variable (or two variables) impacts other dependent variables. 
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26. When a mass M experiences a velocity change of v in a time of t, it experiences a force of F. Assuming the same velocity change of v, the force experienced by a mass of 2M in a time of (1/4)t is
a. 2F 
b. 8F 
c. (1/2)*F 
d. (1/8)*F 
e. none of these 
Answer and Explanation: 
Answer: B The impulsemomentum change theorem states that F*t = m*(Delta vel.). This equation can be rearranged to locate the F by itself on one side of the equation; rearranging yields The equation shows that force is directly related to the mass, directly related to the change in velocity, and inversely related to the time. So any change in mass will result in the same change in force; and any change in time will result in the inverse effect upon the force. In this case, doubling the mass (from M to 2M) will double the force and quartering the time (from t to 1/4t) will quadruple the force. The combined effect of these two changes will make the new force eight times bigger than the old force. This is a case of where equations can be a guide to thinking about how a change in one variable (or two variables) impacts other dependent variables. 
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