Mechanics: Newton's Laws of Motion

We have 20 ready-to-use problem sets on the topic of Newton's Laws of Motion. These problem sets focus on situations in which the forces and accelerations are directed along the traditional coordinate axes.



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Problem Set NL1 - Mass and Weight 1:  For Earthlings
Mathematically relate the object mass, object weight, for situations on planet Earth. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL2 - Mass and Weight 2:  Out of This World
Mathematically relate the object mass, object weight, and the gravitational field strength for gravitational environments other than Earth's. Includes 5 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL3 - Force Diagrams and Fnet
Given a force diagram with the values of the individual forces, determine the net force experienced by the object. Includes 5 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL4 - Net Force
Given the values of the individual forces acting upon an object – either in words or in a diagram – determine the net force.  Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL5 - Routine Fnet = m•a Problems
Use Newton's second law equation to solve for the value of net force, mass, or acceleration if given the other two quantities. Includes 9 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL6 - Using a = Fnet / m as a Guide to Thinking
Use proportional reasoning and the a = Fnet / m equation to predict the acceleration that results when the net force or mass or both are altered by some factor. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL7 - Force Diagrams and Acceleration
Given a force diagram with the values of the individual forces, determine the object mass, the net force, and the acceleration experienced by the object. Includes 9 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL8 - Newton's Second Law: Calculating Horizontal Acceleration
Given information about the mass and the individual force values for an object, determine the acceleration. All accelerations are horizontal. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL9 - Newton's Second Law: Calculating Vertical Acceleration
Given information about the mass and the individual force values for an object, determine the acceleration. All accelerations are vertical. Includes 5 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL10 - Newton's Second Law: Calculating an Unknown Force
Analyze both horizontal and vertical scenarios to determine an unknown force value if given the acceleration and other information. Includes 9 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL11 - Friction and Mu 1
Solve problems involving the use of a coefficient of friction value.  Most problems are highly scaffolded. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL12 - Friction and Mu 2
Solve problems involving the use of a coefficient of friction value.  Some of the problems are scaffolded. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL13 - Friction and Mu 3
Solve problems involving the use of a coefficient of friction value.  Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL14 - Air Resistance
Analyze a vertical falling situation involving air resistance.  Most situations involve skydiving, parachuting, or airboarding. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL15 - Tension
Analyze situations involving tension forces.  Situations include both static situations and situations involving an acceleration. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL16 - Newton's Second and Third Laws
Analyze situations that require a thorough understanding of Newton's third law and interaction force pairs. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL17 - Fnet = m•a With Kinematic Equations 1
Combine the use of Fnet = m•a with kinematic equations to solve for an unknown. All problems include some degree of scaffolding. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL18 - Fnet = m•a With Kinematic Equations 2
Combine the use of Fnet = m•a with kinematic equations to solve for an unknown. All problems are scaffolded. Includes 6 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL19 - Fnet = m•a With Kinematic Equations 3
Combine the use of Fnet = m•a with kinematic equations to solve for an unknown. Includes 7 problems.

 
 
Problem Set NL20 - Two-Body Problems
Use a system analysis and an individual body analysis in order to solve for an acceleration and an internal force for a two-body problem. Both objects move together in the same direction.  Includes 7 problems.

 
 
 


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