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Helpful Physics Formulas
Position = Velocity * time
Velocity = acceleration * time = distance / time
Force = Mass * Acceleration
Weight = Mass * Gravity
Density = Mass / Volume
Acceleration = Velocity / Time
Momentum = Mass * Velocity
Kinetic Energy = Ek = .5mv2
Potential Energy = Ep = m*g*h
To find the distance an object has traveled when it is thrown:
y = vt - gt2/2
y = distance traveled
v = velocity of the object
g = gravity
t = time
Below you will find some sample physics problems you may see on one of your exams.
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1) How much force is required to accelerate a baseball at 20 m/s^2? Assume the baseball
has a mass of 1 kg.
2) How much force does a baseball exert on a wall if the ball is moving at 10 m/s
for a total of 2 seconds before it hits the wall. Assume the baseball has a mass
of 1 kg?
3) What is the momentum of an object that is accelerate at 50 m/s2 for 1 hr? Assume
the object has a mass of 1 kg.
4) What is the kinetic energy of an object whose mass is 1500 kg and is moving at
5) What is the potential energy of an object whose mass is 1000 kg and is 200m up?
6) How far would an object travel if its was thrown at a 45 degree angel with a velocity
of 75 m/s and travels for 50 seconds. Assume the object has a mass of 1 kg.