Physics 1st semester exam
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1. How many significant digits are in 0.010 cm?

A) 1   B) 2
C) 3   D) 4

2. This diagram shows:
A) precision   B) accuracy
C) precision and accuracy
D) neither precision nor accuracy

3. How many meters are there in a kilometer?
A) .001  B) .1
C) 100   D) 1000

4. A car is moving at 120.0 km/hr for 15 minutes.  How far will it travel in that time?
A) 0.125 km  B) 8 km
C) 30 km  D) 1800 km

5. Sound travels at a constant speed of 343 m/s in air.  Approximately how long does it take for the sound of thunder to travel 1609 meters (i.e., one mile)?
A) 0.21 seconds
B) 4.69 seconds
C) 551887 m/s

6. Which has a greater displacement: a car that travels from FL to CA or a space shuttle that launches in FL, orbits the earth 12 times, then lands in CA?
A) the car
B) the shuttle
C) neither; they're the same


7. A sporty sports car can go from rest to 32 m/s in 9.0 seconds.  So what is its average acceleration?
A) 3.6 m/s  B) -3.6 m/s
C) 3.6 m/s2  D) 288 m/s

8. Examine this graph.  Which statement is true:  Position
A) The object is speeding up.
B) The object is slowing down.
C) The object is moving at a constant speed.
D) The object is not moving at all.      Time

9. What does the slope represent in the graph by #8?
A) acceleration
B) position
C) time
D) velocity

10. A sprinter accelerates to a velocity of 5.36 m/s in 3.00 s.  His average acceleration is 0.640 m/s2.  What was his velocity when he first started accelerating?
A) 1.78 m/s
B) 3.44 m/s
C) 7.28 m/s
D) 16 m/s

Chapter 2: Kinematic Problems

Which equation would you use to solve the following problems?

11. In getting ready to slam-dunk the ball, a basketball player starts from rest and sprints to a speed of 6.0 m/s in 1.5 s.  Assuming he accelerates uniformly, how far does he travel in this time?
A) ?x = ½(vi + vf)(?t)   B) vf = vi + a(?t)
C) ?x = vi (?t) + ½ a(?t)2  D) vf2 = vi2 + 2a?x

12. The velocity of a train is 26.4 m/s.  At an average acceleration of -1.50 m/s2, how much time is required for the train to decrease its velocity to 9.72 m/s?
A) ?x = ½(vi + vf)(?t)   B) vf = vi + a(?t)
C) ?x = vi (?t) + ½ a(?t)2  D) vf2 = vi2 + 2a?x


13. A ball is thrown upward with an initial speed of 35 m/s.  What is its speed 2 seconds later?
A) ?x = ½(vi + vf)(?t)   B) vf = vi + a(?t)
C) ?x = vi (?t) + ½ a(?t)2  D) vf2 = vi2 + 2a?x

14. The Concord achieves a lift-off velocity of 112 m/s in 20.0 s starting from rest.  What acceleration is required to achieve this?
A) ?x = ½(vi + vf)(?t)   B) vf = vi + a(?t)
C) ?x = vi (?t) + ½ a(?t)2  D) vf2 = vi2 + 2a?x

Chapter 3: 2D Motion

15. If you wanted to find out how fast a hang glider was climbing vertically (based on its airspeed), which formula would you use?
A) sin? = opp/hyp
B) cos? = adj/hyp
C) tan? = opp/adj
D) none of the above

16. Which will reach the ground first?
A) Object A
B) Object B
C) Object A and B

17. Which of the following is not an example of a projectile?
A) cruising airplane
B) fastball over home plate
C) football over goal post
D) speeding bullet

18. Which equation would you use to find how long it takes a rock kicked horizontally off a cliff to reach the ground?
A) ?y = -1/2g(?t)2
B) ?x = vi (cos?) ?t
C) ?y = vi (sin?)?t 1/2g(?t)2
D) vy,f2 = vi2 (sin?)2 g?y

19. A man walks north 10 meters, then goes southeast for 15 meters, what is his displacement?
A) 11 m
B) 18 m
C) 25 m
D) 150 m

20. If you want to find the maximum height an object moving in two dimensions reaches, which is the best equation to use?
A) ?y = -1/2g(?t)2
B) ?x = vi (cos?) ?t
C) ?y = vi (sin?)?t 1/2g(?t)2
D) vy,f2 = vi2 (sin?)2 g?y

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