Since astronauts in orbit are apparently weightless, a clever method of measuring their masses is needed to monitor their mass gains or losses to adjust diets. One way to do this is to exert a known force on an astronaut and measure the acceleration produced. Suppose a net external force of 50.0 N is exerted and the astronaut’s acceleration is measured to be 0.893 m/s² (a) Calculate her mass. (b) By exerting a force on the astronaut, the vehicle in which they orbit experiences an equal and opposite force. Discuss how this would affect the measurement of the astronaut’s acceleration. Propose a method in which the recoil of the vehicle is avoided.

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A cleaner pushes a 4.50-kg laundry cart in such a way that the net external force on it is 60.0 N. Calculate its acceleration.

If the sprinter from the previous problem accelerates at that rate for 20 m, and then maintains that velocity for the remainder of the 100-m dash, what will be his time for the race?

A 63.0-kg sprinter starts a race with an acceleration of 4.20 m/s2. What is the net external force on him?

A farmer wants to fence off his four-sided plot of flat land. He measures the first three sides, shown as A, B, and C in the figure, and then correctly calculates the length and orientation of the fourth side D. What is his result?

You fly 32.0 km in a straight line in still air in the direction 35.0° south of west.

(a) Find the distances you would have to fly straight south and then straight west to arrive at the same point. (This determination is equivalent to finding the components of the displacement along the south and west directions.)

(b) Find the distances you would have to fly first in a direction 45.0º south of west and then in a direction 45.0° west of north. These are the components of the displacement along a different set of axes—one rotated 45.0°.

A new landowner has a triangular piece of flat land she wishes to fence. Starting at the west corner, she measures the first side to be 80.0 m long and the next to be 105 m. These sides are represented as displacement vectors A from B in Figure 3.61. She then correctly calculates the length and orientation of the third side C. What is her result?

You drive 7.50 km in a straight line in a direction 15° east of north.

(a) Find the distances you would have to drive straight east and then straight north to arrive at the same point. (This determination is equivalent to find the components of the displacement along the east and north directions.)

(b) Show that you still arrive at the same point if the east and north legs are reversed in order.

Repeat Problem 3.16 using analytical techniques, but reverse the order of the two legs of the walk and show that you get the same final result. (This problem shows that adding them in reverse order gives the same result—that is, B+A=A+B) Discuss how taking another path to reach the same point might help to overcome an obstacle blocking your other path.

Solve the following problem using analytical techniques: Suppose you walk 18.0 m straight west and then 25.0 m straight north. How far are you from your starting point, and what is the compass direction of a line connecting your starting point to your final position? (If you represent the two legs of the walk as vector displacements A and B , as in Figure 3.60, then this problem asks you to find their sum R = A + B .)