What is the y-component of force on astronaut's jump on the Moon?

In summary, the question is asking for the y-component of the force on an astronaut and their space suit during a jump on the Moon, given their weight and the weight of the space suit on Earth. The net force can be calculated using the equation net force = mass x acceleration, but in this case, the only force present is the Moon's gravity acting downward. The y-component of the force is the component in the positive y-direction.
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Suppose the astronaut has a weight on Earth of 190 lbs and is wearing a space suit that weighs an additional 180 lbs on Earth. What is the y-component of the force in Newtons on the astronaut and his space suit during a jump on the Moon? Show your calculation. Does the force act upward or downward?

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I'm not sure how to address this problem- I know that the net force= mass X acceleration. Is the y component of the force that they're asking for the same as the net force?


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hi mubeen916! :wink:
mubeen916 said:
I know that the net force= mass X acceleration. Is the y component of the force that they're asking for the same as the net force?

the only force is the Moon's gravity, and that's down

the y component of force is the component of the net force in the positive y-direction :smile:
 

What is the Y component of force on the moon?

The Y component of force on the moon refers to the amount of force acting on an object in the vertical direction, perpendicular to the surface of the moon.

How is the Y component of force on the moon calculated?

The Y component of force on the moon can be calculated using the formula Fy = m * ay, where Fy is the Y component of force, m is the mass of the object, and ay is the acceleration due to gravity on the moon.

What is the acceleration due to gravity on the moon?

The acceleration due to gravity on the moon is approximately 1.62 m/s². This is about 1/6th of the acceleration due to gravity on Earth.

How does the Y component of force on the moon affect objects?

The Y component of force on the moon affects objects by causing them to accelerate towards the moon's surface in the vertical direction. This force is responsible for the moon's gravitational pull on objects.

Can the Y component of force on the moon change?

Yes, the Y component of force on the moon can change depending on the mass and distance of objects on the moon's surface. It can also change if the mass or distance of the moon itself changes.

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