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Worksheet: Newton’s Second Law of Motion for a Constant Mass and Force


What is the weight of a/an 178 kg body in newtons? Consider the acceleration due to gravity to be .


A body of mass 30.6 kg was at rest on a smooth horizontal plane. A horizontal force 51 N acted on it for 5 seconds. Determine the body’s speed at the end of the 5 seconds.


A constant force acted on a body of mass 9 kg, such that its speed changed from 58 km/h to 66 km/h in a second. Calculate the magnitude of the force.


It took one minute for a van of mass 3.5 tons to accelerate from rest to a velocity of 18.9 km/h. What was the average force provided by the engine while it was accelerating? Use .


The ratio between the masses of two bodies at rest is . If a force of magnitude acts on each of them, find the ratio between the resultant acceleration of each body.

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


A bullet of mass 63 g was fired towards a fixed barrier at 80 m/s. Given that it penetrated 5 cm into the barrier before it stopped, find the resistance of the barrier to the bullet’s motion.


A train of mass 55 tonnes was accelerating at 4 cm/s2 along a horizontal track. Given that the driving force generated by the engine was 4 950 kg-wt, and the acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s2, find the resistance to its motion per tonne of its mass.


A bullet of mass 45 g was fired at 53 m/s towards a fixed wooden barrier that was 40 cm thick. Calculate the exit speed of the bullet as it leaves the rear side of the wooden barrier, given that the resistance of the wood to the bullet’s movement was 4.5 kg-wt. Take .


A horizontal force of magnitude 265 kg-wt started acting on a body of mass 10 kg at rest on a horizontal plane. Given that the body started moving and that the resistance to its movement was of magnitude 2 208 N, find the momentum of the body 4 seconds after the force started acting on it. Take .


A tank of mass 41 metric tons started moving along a section of horizontal ground. The resistance to its motion was 9 N per metric ton of its mass, and the magnitude of the force generated by its engine was 1 450 N. Determine the tank’s speed 472 seconds after it started moving rounding the result to the nearest two decimal places.

  • A17 m/s
  • B12.44 m/s
  • C21 m/s
  • D124.45 m/s


A car of mass 3 tonnes was being towed by a chain which was making an angle of with the horizontal. If the car moved 24.3 m from rest when the tension in the chain was 194 kg-wt, and the resistance to the movement was 19 kg-wt per each tonne of the car’s mass, find the speed of the car after it had covered this distance. Take .


A body of mass 37 kg was placed on a smooth horizontal surface where a force 72 N was acting on the body such that its line of action made an angle of downwards from the vertical. Determine the acceleration of the body and the magnitude of the normal reaction .

  • A,
  • B,
  • C,
  • D,


A body, moving in space at 625 km/h, entered a cloud of dust which resulted in a force of friction of magnitude 5 N for each kilogram of the body’s mass. Given that it travelled through the cloud for 18 seconds, find its speed as it left.


A hot air balloon of mass 1.5 metric tons was accelerating vertically downwards at 106.2 cm/s2. Given that the acceleration due to gravity is 9.8 m/s2, find the lift force generated by the hot air.

  • A
    1 662.551
  • B
    13 107
  • C
    16 293
  • D
    1 337.449


A certain force acted on three distinct bodies causing each to accelerate at a different rate: the first accelerated at , the second at , and the third at . The three bodies collided and coalesced into a single body. Given that when the same force acted upon this new body, it resulted in an acceleration of magnitude , find the ratio .

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


A balloon of mass 1 086 kg was ascending vertically at 36 cm/s. If a body of mass 181 kg fell from it, find the distance between the balloon and the body 11 seconds after the body fell. Take .


A balloon of mass kg carrying a body of mass kg was moving vertically upwards with an acceleration of g. The body fell from the balloon, and the balloon started moving with an acceleration of g. Given that the lift force of the balloon and the resistance to its motion are constant in both cases, determine . Take .

  • A
  • B
  • C
  • D


A train, weighing 136 metric tons, was moving along a horizontal straight railroad with a uniform velocity of 14.7 m/s. While the train was moving, the last carriage, weighing 17 metric tons, was separated and decelerated to completely stop after 80 seconds. If the resistance per metric ton of the train’s mass was constant, determine how many seconds it took for the distance between the train and the separated carriage to be 42 m.

  • A30 s
  • B20 s
  • C10 s
  • D13 s


A train of mass 598 tonnes was accelerating uniformly at 19 cm/s2 when the last carriage of the train was released. The resistance to the movement of the train was 4 kg-wt per tonne of the train’s mass. Given that the last carriage had a mass of 25 tonnes, find the resulting acceleration of the train after the carriage was released. Take .

  • A2.05 cm/s2
  • B20 cm/s2
  • C4.36 cm/s2
  • D24 cm/s2


A body of mass 45 kg fell vertically from a point 70 cm above a sandy surface. Given that the body penetrated a distance cm into the sand and that the resistance of the sand to the body’s motion was 150 kg-wt, find the value of . Take .


A train of mass 21 tonnes was moving on a straight track at 105.84 km/h. Suddenly, the last carriage, of mass 7 tonnes, detached from the rest of the train. The resistance to the train’s movement at any given moment equals 50 kg-wt per tonne of the train’s mass. Find the time taken for the released carriage to come to rest and the speed of the remaining part of the train at time . Consider the acceleration due to gravity to be 9.8 m/s2.

  • A,
  • B,
  • C,
  • D,


A bullet of mass 50 g was moving horizontally at 60 m/s when it hit a target at rest. The target was formed of two adjacent layers. The bullet passed through the first layer which was 32 cm of fibreglass, and then it penetrated 34 cm into the second layer which was made of wood before it stopped. If the resistance of the wood is two times that of the fibreglass, determine the resistance of the fibreglass.


A body of mass 41 kg was moving along a horizontal road at 14 m/s. A force started acting on the body opposing its motion. As a result, over the next 26 m, its speed decreased uniformly to 12 m/s. Find the magnitude of the force which caused this change in the body’s motion.


A right circular cylinder of height 40 cm, radius 18 cm, and mass of 18 kg was moving at 11 m/s when it entered a dusty cloud. The action of dust on the body caused a resistance of 0.05 g-wt for every square centimetre of the area of its curved surface. Given that it passed through the dusty cloud for 25 seconds, determine its speed as it came out the other side. Take .