# Force and Velocity to find Mass (via soccer)

• Physkat
In summary, the problem involves finding the mass of a ball that is caught by an athlete at 20 m/s and travels a distance of 20 cm before stopping. The goaltender feels a force of 500 N when stopping the ball. The initial velocity is 20 m/s and there is a need to find the final velocity, which is 0 when the ball comes to a stop. The equation ΣF=ma is used, but there is an unknown variable of time (t). Another equation is needed that involves the distance traveled and time of collision to eliminate t. The use of work and energy can also provide a solution. After rearranging the equation and finding t=0.01, the mass of the ball is
Physkat
Here is the problem, and I'm banging my head against a wall trying to set it up:
An athlete catches a ball traveling at 20 m/s with her hands. Between the time she makes contact with the ball and the time the ball stops moving, the ball travels a distance of 20 cm. The goaltender feels a force of 500 N against her hands when she stops the ball. What is the mass in kg of the ball?

I know I need to find the acceleration here, and I started with a = (v-v0)/t. v0 =20 m/s, however I'm stuck on how to get v. I understand there is a huge deceleration going on from when the ball hits her hands to when it stops. I tried doing v=distance/time, so v=0.20m/t, then plugging this in for a, but this seemed to get way too complicated, where a=(.2m/t - 20)*1/t...I think I'm not on the right track here.

Other equations needing to be used of course are ΣF=ma, but there again I circle back to the acceleration. Also, do I need to take gravity into consideration here, or do I need to break this into scalar x/y components? But if so I don't have an angle to work with, only the 20 m/s. I'm just looking for guidance in how to set up this problem. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!

Physkat said:
Here is the problem, and I'm banging my head against a wall trying to set it up:
An athlete catches a ball traveling at 20 m/s with her hands. Between the time she makes contact with the ball and the time the ball stops moving, the ball travels a distance of 20 cm. The goaltender feels a force of 500 N against her hands when she stops the ball. What is the mass in kg of the ball?

I know I need to find the acceleration here, and I started with a = (v-v0)/t. v0 =20 m/s, however I'm stuck on how to get v. I understand there is a huge deceleration going on from when the ball hits her hands to when it stops. I tried doing v=distance/time, so v=0.20m/t, then plugging this in for a, but this seemed to get way too complicated, where a=(.2m/t - 20)*1/t...I think I'm not on the right track here.

Other equations needing to be used of course are ΣF=ma, but there again I circle back to the acceleration. Also, do I need to take gravity into consideration here, or do I need to break this into scalar x/y components? But if so I don't have an angle to work with, only the 20 m/s. I'm just looking for guidance in how to set up this problem. Any help is appreciated. Thank you!
What is 20m/s ?

Initial velocity (v0) is 20 m/s, right? So I'm trying to find final velocity (v), when the ball is in her hands slowing down and coming to a stop.

Physkat said:
Initial velocity (v0) is 20 m/s, right? So I'm trying to find final velocity (v), when the ball is in her hands slowing down and coming to a stop.
The ball comes to a stop. What does it mean to "come to a stop"?

The real problem with your method is that you don't know "t" the time that the collision lasts.

It's still possible with your method, but if you know about energy (specifically the work-energy theorem) I suggest using that for a simpler solution.About gravity, that is a good point. I am pretty sure the problem expects you to ignore gravity.

Thanks Nathanael, but I'm still left a little confused. So you're saying that final velocity is 0 (coming to a stop - that makes sense), which gives me that a=(v-v0)/t = -20/t. If I plug this into ΣF=ma, which would be 500=m(-20/t), I'm still left with 2 unknown variables, nor have I used the 20 centimeters in my equation. Where does that come into play?

Physkat said:
Thanks Nathanael, but I'm still left a little confused. So you're saying that final velocity is 0 (coming to a stop - that makes sense), which gives me that a=(v-v0)/t = -20/t. If I plug this into ΣF=ma, which would be 500=m(-20/t), I'm still left with 2 unknown variables, nor have I used the 20 centimeters in my equation. Where does that come into play?
Hmm... initial velocity, final velocity, distance traveled, time: if only there were formulas which used all these quantities together ...
I dunno, maybe that Newton guy has some ideas ... falling apples and whatnot.

Physkat said:
Thanks Nathanael, but I'm still left a little confused. So you're saying that final velocity is 0 (coming to a stop - that makes sense), which gives me that a=(v-v0)/t = -20/t. If I plug this into ΣF=ma, which would be 500=m(-20/t), I'm still left with 2 unknown variables, nor have I used the 20 centimeters in my equation. Where does that come into play?
Right, you have to somehow use the 20 cm to replace the time t
(Meaning you should write another equation involving the distance travelled, 20cm, and the time of the collision, t, then you can eliminate the unknown t)

Do you know about work and energy? The work done is the change in kinetic energy. That will give you the answer at once.

Haven't gotten to the chapter on work and energy yet. But just rearranged the equation to get t=.01, which led me to the mass of the ball at .25 kg, hooray! Thank you for not being snarky in regards to me slowly grasping these physics concepts. I appreciate your help!

Physkat said:
Haven't gotten to the chapter on work and energy yet. But just rearranged the equation to get t=.01, which led me to the mass of the ball at .25 kg, hooray! Thank you for not being snarky in regards to me slowly grasping these physics concepts. I appreciate your help!
You're welcome but I don't think we are finished quite yet. How did you rearrange the equation to solve for t if there are two unknowns (t and m)?

If you know about the "kinematics equations" (commonly called "suvat equations") then you can solve the problem at once by finding one of those equations that does not involve time (and then plug in the variables and solve for m).

What I suggested ("write another equation for the distance traveled and eliminate t") was merely a way of deriving that "suvat equation" which doesn't involve time.
(I am no good at memorizing things so that is the way I work: I re-derive whatever I need.)

Hi again,
I understand the idea of blending the two equations to only get one unknown variable.
I think what I initally did doesn't work, which is to set up the equation v=delta distance/delta time, then switching this to t=delta distance/delta v (which is 0-20). I plugged in t=.2 m/-20m/s, but that doesn't work in that it gives a negative number for t of -.01, right? Because that's what I used then to give me the acceleration, then the mass. But that doesn't seem right.
So I will look the at substituting the one equation into the other to get one variable. Thank you again!

Physkat said:
I think what I initally did doesn't work, which is to set up the equation v=delta distance/delta time
In this equation (v=Δd/Δt) v is the average speed. So you don't want to use 20 m/s in that equation (it is not traveling 20 m/s the whole time).

When acceleration is constant (like in this problem) the average speed is given by (vi+vf)/2

## 1. What is the formula for calculating force and velocity in soccer?

The formula for calculating force and velocity in soccer is Force = Mass x Acceleration and Velocity = Distance/Time. These formulas are used to determine the amount of force and velocity needed to kick a soccer ball a certain distance.

## 2. Why is knowledge of force and velocity important in soccer?

Understanding force and velocity in soccer is important for players to be able to accurately and effectively kick the ball. It also helps coaches and trainers analyze players' performance and make improvements to their technique.

## 3. How does force and velocity affect the distance a soccer ball travels?

The greater the force applied to a soccer ball, the greater the velocity and therefore the distance it will travel. This is due to the relationship between force, mass, and acceleration as described by Newton's second law of motion.

## 4. What role does mass play in the force and velocity of a soccer ball?

Mass is a crucial factor in determining the force and velocity of a soccer ball. The heavier the ball, the more force is required to move it and the slower it will travel. Additionally, the mass of the player's foot also plays a role in the force and velocity of the ball upon impact.

## 5. Are there any other factors besides force and velocity that can affect the mass of a soccer ball?

Yes, factors such as air resistance, friction, and spin can also affect the mass of a soccer ball. These forces can either increase or decrease the mass and ultimately the distance the ball will travel. Professional players often use techniques such as knuckling to manipulate these forces and increase the distance of their kicks.

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