Newton's Law Problems

Follow the recipe! Don't try to guess answers part way through the recipe.

  1. Draw a diagram and coordinate system.
  2. Isolate the system.
  3. Draw all forces acting (free-body diagram).
  4. Take components.
  5. Apply Newton's Second Law, once for each direction, for each object.
  6. Solve.
  7. Check your answer. Does it make sense?