It's Sunday night and you are trying to complete your physics homework. You are trying to somehow modify a problem into the form of a previously solved problem.
It doesn't work all the times and you are wondering what is wrong.
If you are unable to solve physics problems like the ones given for homework, it is not likely that you are having a math difficulty; rather it is more likely that you are having a physics difficulty.
Problems in physics will seldom look the same. Instead of solving problems by copying or by reproducing a previously solved problem, you should utilize your conceptual understanding of Newton's laws to work towards solutions to problems.
In this investigation you will gain a deeper understanding of the concept of net force that will help you solve the various problems assigned.
By the end of this PhysicsQuest you will use your understanding of weight, mass and net force (vector sum of all the forces) to find the value of an individual force or the acceleration.
PROCESS AND RESOURCES
You will be given a series of questions and various links to Internet sites that will help you answer the questions.
The objective of this section is to understand how air resistance works.
Read this section and using your own words answer these questions:
7. What are the two factors (among others) that affect air
8. Why do objects which encounter air resistance
ultimately reach a terminal velocity?
9. Why do more massive objects fall faster than less
An article on a veterinary journal claimed that "the number of broken bones and other injuries increased with the number of stories the cat had fallen - up to seven stories. Above seven stories, however, the number of injuries per cat sharply declined. In other words, the farther the cat fell, the better its chances of escaping serious injury."
10. Using what you learned about air resistance explain how come cats are