Physics Review QuestionUnit:
MechanicsYear:
1993 Question#:
10Question:
A bird feeder with two birds has a total mass of 2.0 kilograms and is supported by
wire as shown in the diagram below.The Force in the top wire is approximately (1
) 10. N(2
) 14 N(3
) 20. N(4
) 39 NWhat is this question really asking?
Explanation by: Jessica S [ Return to question menu
]Answer 1
10. N INCORRECT The mass of the bird feeder is 2 kg. To find the force applied in the top wire, we use the formula F = ma (force = mass x accelertion due to gravity). Substituting the known values (mass and acceleration due to gravity), we get F = 2.0 kg x 9.8 m/s ^{2}; F is approximately equal to 20 N. 10 N is not equal to 20 N; therefore, answer
1 is incorrect.
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Answer 2
14 N INCORRECT The mass of the bird feeder is 2 kg. To find the force applied in the top wire, we use the formula F = ma (force = mass x accelertion due to gravity). Substituting the known values (mass and acceleration due to gravity), we get F = 2.0 kg x 9.8 m/s ^{2}; F is approximately equal to 20 N. 14 N is not equal to 20 N; therefore, answer
2 is incorrect.
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Answer 3
20. N CORRECT The mass of the bird feeder is 2 kg. To find the force applied in the top wire, we use the formula F = ma (force = mass x accelertion due to gravity). Substituting the known values (mass and acceleration due to gravity), we get F = 2.0 kg x 9.8 m/s ^{2}; F is approximately equal to 20 N. Answer 3 is correct.
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Answer 4
39 N INCORRECT The mass of the bird feeder is 2 kg. To find the force applied in the top wire, we use the formula F = ma (force = mass x accelertion due to gravity). Substituting the known values (mass and acceleration due to gravity), we get F = 2.0 kg x 9.8 m/s ^{2}; F is approximately equal to 20 N. 39 N is not equal to 20 N; therefore, answer
4 is incorrect.
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What's this question really asking?
This question is testing your ability to sort through information and to pick out what is needed; and the ability to plug values into the correct formula. The two birds, and the two angles are red herrings trying to confuse you. Don't get confused! All you need is the mass of the object, to plug into the equation w = mg. return to top |

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