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WORK AND ENERGY Chapter Section 6.1 Work Done by a Constant Force Section 6.2 The WorkEnergy Theorem and Kinetic Energy
1. In which one of the following situations is zero net work done?
(a) 
A ball rolls down an inclined plane. 
(b) 
A physics student stretches a spring. 
(c) 
A projectile falls toward the surface of Earth. 
(d) 
A box is pulled across a rough floor at constant velocity. 
Ans. (d)
2. Work may be expressed using all of the following units except:
(a) 
N 
m 
(c) erg 
(b) 
joule 
(d) watt 
Ans. (d)
3. A concrete block is pulled 7.0 m across a
frictionless surface by means of a rope. The tension in the rope is 40 N; and the net work done on the block is 247 J. What angle does the rope make with the horizontal?
(a) 
28° 
(c) 47° 
(b) 
41° 
(d) 62° 
Ans. (a)
4. Mike is cutting the grass using a humanpowered lawn mower. He
pushes the mower with a force of 45 N directed at an angle of 41° below the horizontal direction. Calculate the work that Mike does on the mower in pushing it 9.1 m across the yard.
(a) 
510 J 
(c) 310 J 
(b) 
460 J 
(d) 360 J 
Ans. (c)
5.
A 5.00kg block of ice is sliding across a frozen pond at 2.00 m/s. A
7.60N force is applied in the direction of motion. After the ice block slides
15.0 m, the force is removed. The work done by the applied force is
(a) 
−114 J. 
(c) −735 J. 
(b) 
+114 J. 
(d) +735 J. 
Ans. (b)
6. A force of magnitude 25 N directed at an angle of 37° above the
horizontal moves a 10kg crate along a horizontal surface at constant velocity. How much work is done by this force in moving the crate a distance of 15 m?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) 40 J 
(b) 
1.7 J 
(d) 300 J 
Ans. (d)
7. A constant force of 25 N is applied as shown
to a block which undergoes a displacement of 7.5 m to the right along a frictionless surface while the force acts. What is the work done by
the force?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) −160 J 
(b) 
+94 J 
(d) −94 
Ans. (c)
8. A 1.0kg ball on the end of a string is whirled at a constant speed of 2.0
m/s in a horizontal circle of radius 1.5 m. What is the work done by the
centripetal force during one revolution?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) 6.0 J 
(b) 
2.7 J 
(d) 25 J 
Ans. (a)
9. luci carries an 8.0kg suitcase as she walks 25 m along a horizontal
walkway to her room at a constant speed of 1.5 m/s. How much work does luci do in carrying her suitcase?
(a)
(b)
Ans. (c)
40 J
zero joules
(c) 200 J (d) 300 J
10 Which one of the following situations is an example of an object with a nonzero kinetic energy?
(a) 
a drum of diesel fuel on a parked truck 
(b) 
a stationary pendulum 
(c) a satellite in geosynchronous orbit
(d) a car parked at the top of a hill
Ans. (c)
11. Which one of the following statements concerning kinetic energy is
true?
(a) 
Kinetic energy can be measured in watts. 
(b) 
Kinetic energy is always equal to the potential energy. 
(c) 
Kinetic energy is always positive. 
(d) 
Kinetic energy is a quantitative measure of inertia. 
Ans. (c)
12. Which one of the following has the largest kinetic energy?
(a) 
the earth moving in its orbit around the sun 
(b) 
a woman swimming 
(c) 
a jet airplane flying at its maximum speed 
(d) 
a raindrop falling 
Ans. (a)
13. In which one of the following situations will there be an increase in
kinetic energy?
(a) 
A child pushes a merry go round causing it to rotate faster. 
(b) 
A projectile approaches its maximum height. 
(c) A box is pulled across a rough floor at constant speed.
(d) A satellite travels in a circular orbit around the earth at fixed altitude.
Ans. (a)
14. A 1500kg car travels at a constant speed of 22 m/s around a circular
track that is 80 m across. What is the kinetic energy of the car?
(a) 
3.6 × 10 ^{5} J 
(c) 3.3 × 10 ^{4} J 
(b) 
zero joules 
(d) 1.6 × 10 ^{4} J 
Ans. (a)
15. The kinetic energy of a car is 8 × 10 ^{6} J as it travels along a horizontal
road. How much work is required to stop the car in 10 s?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) 8 × 10 ^{5} J 
(b) 
8 × 10 ^{4} J 
(d) 8 × 10 ^{6} J 
Ans. (d) 
16. How much energy is dissipated in braking a 1000kg car to a stop from
an initial speed of 20 m/s?
(a) 
200 000 J 
(c) 400 000 J 
(b) 
20 000 J 
(d) 800 000 J 
Ans. (a)
17. The kinetic energy of an 1100kg truck is 4.6 × 10 ^{5} J. What is the speed
of the truck?
(a) 
25 m/s 
(c) 17 m/s 
(b) 
33 m/s 
(d) 29 m/s 
Ans. (d)
18. A 10.0g bullet traveling horizontally at 755 m/s strikes a stationary
target and stops after penetrating 14.5 cm into the target. What is the
average force of the target on the bullet?
(a) 
1.97 × 10 ^{4} N 
(c) 6.26 × 10 ^{3} N 
(b) 
2.07 × 10 ^{5} N 
(d) 3.13 × 10 ^{4} N 
Ans. (a)
19. A car is traveling at 7.0 m/s when the driver applies the brakes. The
car moves 1.5 m before it comes to a complete stop. If the car had been moving at 14 m/s, how far would it have continued to move after the brakes were applied? Assume the braking force is constant.
(a) 
1.5 m 
(c) 6.0 m 
(b) 
3.0 m 
(d) 4.5 m 
Ans. (c)
20. Use the workenergy theorem to find the force required to accelerate
an electron (m = 9.11 × 10 ^{−}^{3}^{1} kg) from rest to a speed of 1.50 × 10 ^{7} m/s in a distance of 0.0125 m.
(a) 5.47 × 10 ^{−}^{2}^{2} N
(c) 8.20 × 10 ^{−}^{1}^{7} N
(b) 
8.20 × 10 ^{−}^{1}^{5} N 
(d) 1.64 × 10 ^{−}^{1}^{4} N 
Ans. (b) 
Section 6.3 Gravitational Potential Energy Section 6.4 Conservative versus Nonconservative Forces 21 In which one of the following systems is there a decrease in gravitational potential energy?
(a) 
a boy stretches a horizontal spring 
(b) 
a girl jumps down from a bed 
(c) a crate rests at the bottom of an inclined plane
(d) a car ascends a steep hill
Ans. (b)
22. An elevator supported by a single cable descends a shaft at a constant
speed. The only forces acting on the elevator are the tension in the cable
and the gravitational force. Which one of the following statements is true?
(a) The magnitude of the work done by the tension force is larger than
that done by the gravitational force.
(b) The magnitude of the work done by the gravitational force is larger
than that done by the tension force.
(c) 
The work done by the tension force is zero joules. 
(d) 
The net work done by the two forces is zero joules. 
Ans. (d)
23. During the construction of a high rise building, 40kg block is vertically
lifted 20 meters from the surface of the earth. To one significant figure, what is the change in the gravitational potential energy of the block?
(a) 
+800 J 
(c) 8000 J 
(b) −800 J 
(d) +8000 J 

Ans. (d) 
24. A 1500kg elevator moves upward with constant speed through a
vertical distance of 25 m. How much work was done by the tension in the
elevator cable?
(a) 990 J
(c) 140 000 J
(b) 8100 J
Ans. (d)
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(d) 370 000 J
25. Larry’s gravitational potential energy is 1870 J as he sits 2.20 m above
the ground in a sky diving airplane. What is Larry’s gravitational potential energy when be begins to jump from the airplane at an altitude of 923 m?
(a) 
7.85 × 10 ^{5} J 
(c) 3.29 × 10 ^{4} J 
(b) 
1.87 × 10 ^{3} J 
(d) 9.36 × 10 ^{2} J 
Ans. (a) 
26. Two balls of equal size are dropped from the same height from the
roof of a building. One ball has twice the mass of the other. When the balls reach the ground, how do the kinetic energies of the two balls compare?
(a) The lighter one has one fourth as much kinetic energy as the other
does.
(b) 
The lighter one has one half as much kinetic energy as the other does. 
(c) 
The lighter one has the same kinetic energy as the other does. 
(d) 
The lighter one has twice as much kinetic energy as the other does. 
Ans. (b)
27. A 12kg crate is pushed up an incline from
point A to point B as shown in the figure. What is the change in the gravitational potential energy of the crate?
(a) 
+590 J 
(c) +1200 J 
(b) 
−590 J 
(d) +60 J 
Ans. (a)
28. A woman stands on the edge of a cliff and throws a stone vertically
downward with an initial speed of 10 m/s. The instant before the stone hits the ground below, it has 450 J of kinetic energy. If she were to throw the stone horizontally outward from the cliff with the same initial speed of 10 m/s, how much kinetic energy would it have just before it hits the ground?
(a) 50 J
(c) 450 J
(b) 100 J
Ans. (c)
(d) 800 J
29. A donkey pulls a crate up a rough, inclined plane at constant speed.
Which one of the following statements concerning this situation is false?
(a) 
The gravitational potential energy of the crate is increasing. 
(b) 
The net work done by all the forces acting on the crate is zero joules. 
(c) The work done on the crate by the normal force of the plane is zero joules.
(d) The work done on the object by gravity is zero joules.
Ans. (d)
30. A block is dropped from a high tower and is falling freely under the
influence of gravity. Which one of the following statements is true concerning this situation? Neglect air resistance.
(a) As the block falls, the net work done by all of the forces acting on the
block is zero joules.
(b) The kinetic energy increases by equal amounts over equal distances.
(c) The kinetic energy of the block increases by equal amounts in equal times.
(d) The potential energy of the block decreases by equal amounts in equal
times.
Ans. (b)
31. A rock is thrown straight up from the surface of the Earth. Which one
of the following statements describes the energy transformation of the rock as it rises? Neglect air resistance.
(a) The kinetic energy decreases and the potential energy increases.
(b) The kinetic energy increases and the potential energy decreases.
(c) 
Both the potential energy and the total energy of the rock increase. 
(d) 
The total energy of the rock increases. 
Ans. (a)
32. Complete the following statement: A force that acts on an object is
said to be conservative if
(a) the work it does on the object is independent of the path of the
motion.
(b) 
it results in a change in the object's kinetic energy. 
(c) 
it always acts in the direction of motion of the object. 
(d) 
it obeys Newton's laws of motion. 
Ans. (a)
33. Which one of the following choices is an example of a conservative force?
(a) 
tension 
(c) static frictional force 
(b) 
normal force 
(d) elastic spring force 
Ans. (d)
34. Which one of the following choices is an example of a non
conservative force?
(a) 
gravitational force 
(c) kinetic frictional force 
(b) 
electrical force 
(d) elastic spring force 
Ans. (c)
Section 6.5 Conservation of Mechanical Energy
35. A helicopter (m = 1250 kg) is cruising at a speed of 25.0 m/s at an
altitude of 185 m. What is the total mechanical energy of the helicopter?
(a) 
2.66 × 10 ^{6} J 
(c) 2.27 × 10 ^{6} J 
(b) 
3.91 × 10 ^{5} J 
(d) 6.18 × 10 ^{5} J 
Ans. (a)
36. A pebble rolls off the roof of Science Hall and falls vertically. Just
before it reaches the ground, the pebble’s speed is 17 m/s. Neglect air resistance and determine the height of Science Hall.
(a) 
42 m 
(c) 26 m 
(b) 
15m 
(d) 21 m 
Ans. (b)
Questions 37 and 38 pertain to the situation described below:
A 2.0kg projectile is fired with initial velocity components v _{o}_{x} = 30 m/s and v _{o}_{y} = 40 m/s from a point on the earth's surface. Neglect any effects due to air resistance.
37. What is the kinetic energy of the projectile when it reaches the
highest point in its trajectory?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) 1600 J 
(b) 
900 J 
(d) 2500 J 
Ans. (b)
38. How much work was done in firing the projectile?
(a) 
900 J 
(c) 2500 J 
(b) 
1600 J 
(d) 4900 J 
Ans. (c)
39. Two boxes are connected to each other as
shown. The system is released from rest and the 1.00kg box falls through a distance of 1.00 m. The surface of the table is frictionless. What is the kinetic energy of box B just before it reaches the floor?
(a) 
2.45 J 
(b) 4.90 J 
(c) 
9.80 J 
(d) 29.4 J 
Ans. (a)
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40. A rollercoaster car is moving at 20 m/s along a straight horizontal
track. What will its speed be after climbing the 15m hill shown in the figure, if friction is ignored?
(a) 
17 m/s 
(c) 10 m/s 
(b) 
7 m/s 
(d) 5 m/s 
Ans. (c)
41. A 3.0kg cylinder falls from rest through a distance of 6.0 m in an
evacuated tube near the surface of the earth. What is its speed after the cylinder has fallen the 6.0 m distance?
(a) 
11 m/s 
(c) 13 m/s 
(b) 
8.0 m/s 
(d) 26 m/s 
Ans. (a)
42. A bicyclist is traveling at a speed of 20.0 m/s as he approaches the
bottom of a hill. He decides to coast up the hill and stops upon reaching
the top. Neglecting friction, determine the vertical height of the hill.
(a) 28.5 m
(b) 3.70 m Ans. (d)
(c) 11.2 m (d) 20.4 m
43. A skier leaves the top of a slope with an initial speed of 5.0 m/s. Her
speed at the bottom of the slope is 13 m/s. What is the height of the
slope?
(a) 
1.1 m 
(c) 7.3 m 
(b) 
4.6 m 
(d) 6.4 m 
Ans. (c)
44. A roller coaster starts from rest at the top of an 18m hill as shown.
The car travels to the bottom of the hill and continues up the next hill that is 10.0 m high.
How fast is the car moving at the top of the 10.0m hill, if friction is ignored?
(a) 
6.4 m/s 
(c) 13 m/s 
(b) 
8.1 m/s 
(d) 18 m/s 
Ans. (c)
45. An engineer is asked to design a playground slide such that the speed
a child reaches at the bottom does not exceed 6.0 m/s. Determine the
maximum height that the slide can be.
(a) 
1.8 m 
(c) 4.5 m 
(b) 
2.9 m 
(d) 3.2 m 
Ans. (a)
46. A care package is dropped from rest from a helicopter hovering 25 m above the ground. What is the speed of the package just before it reaches the ground? Neglect air resistance.
(a) 
16 m/s 
(c) 12 m/s 
(b) 
22 m/s 
(d) 8.0 m/s 
Ans. (b)
Questions 47 and 48 pertain to the statement and figure:
A block of mass m is released from rest at a
height R above a horizontal surface. The acceleration due to gravity is g. The block slides along the inside of a frictionless circular hoop of radius R.
47. Which one of the following expressions gives the speed of the mass at
the bottom of the hoop?
(a) zero m/s ^{2}
Ans. (d)
mg
2R
(b)
v =
(c)
v =mgR
(d) v ^{2} =2gR
48. What is the magnitude of the normal force exerted on the block by
the hoop when the block has reached the bottom?
(a) 
zero newtons 
(c) mg 
(b) 
mg ^{2} /R 
(d) 3mg 
Ans. (d)
Section 6.6 Nonconservative Forces and the WorkEnergy Theorem
49. A physics student shoves a 0.50kg block
from the bottom of a frictionless 30.0° inclined
plane. The student performs 4.0 J of work and the block slides a distance s along the incline before it stops. Determine the value of s.
(a) 
8.0 cm 
(c) 160 cm 
(b) 
16 cm 
(d) 82 cm 
Ans. (c)
50. The initial velocity of a 4.0kg box is 11 m/s, due west. After the box
slides 4.0 m horizontally, its speed is 1.5 m/s. Determine the magnitude and the direction of the nonconservative force acting on the box as it slides.
(a) 
42 N, due west 
(c) 31 N, due east 
(b) 
120 N, due east 
(d) 59 N, due east 
Ans. (d)
51. An automobile approaches a barrier at a speed of 20 m/s along a level
road. The driver locks the brakes at a distance of 50 m from the barrier. What minimum coefficient of kinetic friction is required to stop the
automobile before it hits the barrier?
(a) 
0.4 
(c) 0.6 
(b) 
0.5 
(d) 0.7 
Ans. (a)
Questions 52 and 53 pertain to the situation described below. A 9.0kg box of oranges slides from rest down a frictionless incline from a height of 5.0 m. A constant frictional force, introduced at point A, brings the block to rest at point B, 19 m to the right of point A.
52. What is the speed of the block just before it reaches point A?
(a) 
98 m/s 
(c)21 m/s 
(b) 
9.9 m/s 
(d) 5.7 m/s 
Ans. (b)
53. What is the coefficient of kinetic friction, µ _{k} , of the surface from A to
B?
(a) 
0.11 
(c) 0.33 
(b) 
0.26 
(d) 0.47 
Ans. (b)
54. The kinetic energy of a car is 8 × 10 ^{6} J as it travels along a horizontal
road. How much power is required to stop the car in 10 s?
(a) 
8 × 10 ^{5} W 
(c) zero watts 
(b) 
8 × 10 ^{4} W 
(d) 8 × 10 ^{6} W 
Ans. (a)
55. A 51kg woman runs up a flight of stairs in 5.0 s. Her net upward
displacement is 5.0 m. Approximately, what average power did the
woman exert while she was running?
(a) 
5.0 kW 
(c) 0.50 kW 
(b) 
1.0 kW 
(d) 0.75 kW 
Ans. (c)
56. What power is needed to lift a 49kg person a vertical distance of 5.0
m in 20.0 s?
(a) 
12.5 W 
(c) 210 W 
(b) 
25 W 
(d) 120 W 
Ans. (d)
57. An escalator is 30.0 meters long and slants at 30.0° relative to the
horizontal. If it moves at 1.00 m/s, at what rate does it do work in lifting a 50.0kg woman from the bottom to the top of the escalator?
(a) 
49.3 W 
(c) 98.0 W 
(b) 
245 W 
(d) 292 W 
Ans. (b)
58. How much power is needed to lift a 75kg student vertically upward
at a constant speed of 0.33 m/s?
(a) 
12.5 W 
(c) 115 W 
(b) 
25 W 
(d) 243 W 
Ans. (d)
59. A warehouse worker uses a forklift to lift a crate of pickles on a platform to a height 2.75 m above the floor. The combined mass of the platform and the crate is 207 kg. If the power expended by the forklift is 1440 W, how long does it take to lift the crate?
(a) 
37.2 s 
(c) 3.87 s 
(b) 
5.81 s 
(d) 18.6 s 
Ans. (c)
60. A dam is used to block the passage of a river and to generate
electricity. Approximately 5.73 × 10 ^{4} kg of water fall each second through a height of 19.6 m. If one half of the gravitational potential energy of the water were converted to electrical energy, how much power would be
generated?
(a) 
5.50 × 10 ^{6} W 
(c) 1.10 × 10 ^{7} W 
(b) 
2.70 × 10 ^{9} W 
(d) 1.35 × 10 ^{9} W 
Ans. (a)
61. The amount of energy needed to power a 0.10kW bulb for one
minute would be just sufficient to lift a 1.0kg object through a vertical
distance of
(a) 
12 m 
(c) 100 m 
(b) 
75 m 
(d) 610 m 
Ans. (d)
Section 6.9 Work Done by a Variable Force
62. The graph shows the force component
along the displacement as a function of the magnitude of the displacement. Determine the work done by the
force during the interval from 2 to 10 m.
(a) 
140 J 
(b) 270 J 
(c) 
190 J 
(d) 450 J 
Ans. (c)
63. The force component acting on an object along the displacement varies with the displacement s as shown in the graph. Determine the work done on the object as it travels from s = 0.0 to 12 m.
(a) 
48 J 
(c) 57 J 
(b) 
66 J 
(d) 72 J 
Ans. (b)
64. Which one of the following is not a unit of energy?
(a) foot ⋅ pound
(b) kilowatt ⋅ hour
Ans. (d)
(c) newton meter
(d) watt
Questions 65 and 66 pertain to the situation described below:
A 0.50kg ball on the end of a rope is moving in
a vertical circle of radius 3.0 m near the surface
of the Earth where the acceleration due to gravity, g, is 9.8 m/s ^{2} .
Point A is at the top of the circle; C is at the bottom. Points B and D are exactly halfway between A and C.
65. Which one of the following statements concerning the tension in
the rope is true?
(a) 
The tension is smallest at A. 
(b) 
The tension is smallest at C. 
(c)
The tension is smallest at both B and D.
(d)
The tension is the same at A and C.
Ans. (a)
66. The ball moves on the circle from A to C under the influence of gravity
alone. If the kinetic energy of the ball is 35 J at A, what is its kinetic energy at C?
(a) 
zero joules 
(c) 35 J 
(b) 
29 J 
(d) 64 J 
Ans. (a)
67. A motorist driving a 1000kg car wishes to increase her speed from 20 m/s to 30 m/s in 5 s. Determine the horsepower required to accomplish this increase. Neglect friction.
(a) 
20 hp 
(c) 80 hp 
(b) 
30 hp 
(d) 70 hp 
Ans. (d)
68. A top fuel dragster with a mass of 500.0 kg starts from rest and
completes a quarter mile (402 m) race in a time of 5.0 s. The dragster's
final speed is 130 m/s. Neglecting friction, what average power was needed to produce this final speed?
(a) 
1100 hp 
(c) 140 hp 
(b) 
750 hp 
(d) 2.7 × 10 ^{4} hp 
Ans. (a)
Questions 69 through 73 pertain to the situation described below:
A 10.0kg crate slides along a horizontal frictionless surface at a constant speed of 4.0 m/s. The crate then slides down a frictionless incline and across a second horizontal surface as shown in the figure.
69. What is the kinetic energy of the crate as it slides on the upper
surface?
(a) 
80 J 
(c) 140 J 
(b) 
30 J 
(d) 290 J 
Ans. (a)
70. While the crate slides along the upper surface, how much gravitational
potential energy does it have compared to what it would have on the lower surface?
(a) 
30 J 
(c) 140 J 
(b) 
290 J 
(d) 80 J 
Ans. (b)
71. What is the speed of the crate when it arrives at the lower surface?
(a) 
7.7 m/s 
(c) 59 m/s 
(b) 
8.6 m/s 
(d) 75 m/s 
Ans. (b)
72. What is the kinetic energy of the crate as it slides on the lower
surface?
(a) 
290 J 
(c) 490 J 
(b) 
320 J 
(d) 370 J 
Ans. (d)
73. What minimum coefficient of kinetic friction is required to bring the
crate to a stop over a distance of 5.0 m along the lower surface?
(a) 
0.30 
(c) 0.60 
(b) 
0.32 
(d) 0.76 
Ans. (d)
Questions 74 and 75 pertain to the situation described below:
A rope exerts a force F on a 20.0kg crate. The crate starts from rest and accelerates upward at 5.00 m/s ^{2} near the surface of the earth.
74. What is the kinetic energy of the crate when it is 4.0 m above the
floor?
(a) 
400 J 
(c) 116 J 
(b) 
250 J 
(d) 704 J 
Ans. (a)
75. How much work was done by the force F in raising the crate 4.0 m
above the floor?
(a) 
399 J 
(c) 116 J 
(b) 
250 J 
(d) 1180 J 
Ans.(d)
Questions 76 through 78 pertain to the statement and diagram below:
A 325N force accelerates a 50.0kg crate from rest along a horizontal frictionless surface for a distance of 20.0 m as shown in the figure.
76. What is the final speed of the crate?
(a) 
11.4 m/s 
(c) 32.2 m/s 
(b) 
16.1 m/s 
(d) 131 m/s 
Ans.(b)
77. How much work is done on the crate?
(a) 
1.62 × 10 ^{2} J 
(c) 3.82 × 10 ^{3} J 
(b) 
7.70 × 10 ^{2} J 
(d) 6.50 × 10 ^{3} J 
Ans.((d)
78. What coefficient of friction would be required to keep the crate
moving at constant speed under the action of the 325N force?
(a) 
0.250 
(c) 0.508 
(b) 
0.321 
(d) 0.663 
Ans.(d)
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