Practice Problems
Gravitational Fields and Forces
Directions:
On this worksheet you will examine the properties of gravitational forces and fields.
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Question 1
Two masses, 2 kg and 9 kg, initially at rest, are both released and fall freely to the ground. Which mass would experience the greater acceleration while falling?
2 kg
both masses experience the same acceleration
9 kg
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Question 2
When initially released, which mass experienced the greater gravitational force of attraction to the earth?
2 kg
both masses experience the same gravitational force of attraction
9 kg
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Question 3
When initially released, which mass weighed more in the earth's gravitational field?
2 kg
both masses weighed the same
9 kg
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Question 4
If when both masses impact the earth their centers land 2.829 meters apart, what is the gravitational force exerted on the small mass by the larger mass?
5.83 x 10
^{-11}
N
1.5 x 10
^{-10}
N
9.17 x 10
^{-11}
N
3.75 x 10
^{-11}
N
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Question 5
On the surface of Planet X a 41-kg mass weighs 1808.1 N. What is the local value of Planet X's gravitational field strength?
34.3 N/kg
184.5 N/kg
0.023 N/kg
44.1 N/kg
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Question 6
If Planet X has the same radius as the Earth, what is the mass of Planet X? If needed, the mass of the Earth is 5.98 x 10
^{24}
kg.
2.69 x 10
^{25}
kg
2.64 x 10
^{26}
kg
2.58 x 10
^{27}
kg
1.33 x 10
^{24}
kg
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Question 7
If the 41-kg mass is moved to a position which is 6.9 radii above the surface of Planet X, how will its weight be affected?
its weight will be decreased by a factor of 10 / 69
its weight will be increased by a factor of 69 / 10
its weight will be decreased by a factor of 100 / 4761
its weight will be increased by a factor of 4761 / 100
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Question 8
When released from rest an object in freefall and tracked by a motion detector, which of the following position-time graphs will be displayed?
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Question 9
When released from rest an object in freefall and tracked by a motion detector, which of the following velocity-time graphs will be displayed?
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