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More Trouble: Net Force

  1. Feb 8, 2004 #1
    The Question: If a rock is thrown vertically into the air, at the very top of its trajectory the net force on it is:
    a) its weight b)less than its weight c)more than its weight.

    I think it is c, More than its weight, because it has its weight plus the 9.81 bearing down on it. Study group buddy says no, it is less than its weight, because it has power from being thrown. Study buddy #2 says no, it is simply its weight.

    So I am stuck...three tiny brains, three answers...what is real answer? Thanks for any hints.

    P.S. our tests are drawn from our homework, we do not get credit for turning homework in, so I am not fishing for answers in order to get a better grade, but to learn so I can do the tests. Thanks
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  3. Feb 8, 2004 #2


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    Draw a FBD.

    When it's at the top, what forces are acting on it? Only gravity is.
    The net force is the weight.
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