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Warm-Up Exercise for lecture 3

Due 8:00 am, Tues, Sep 8

Physics 105, Fall 2009

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Did you complete the reading assignment? (Typically this means at least 20-30 minutes looking over the assigned sections of the book.)
☐ yes ☐ no

T/F: It doesn't matter which order you add two vectors together, you will get the same sum either way.
☐ true
☐ false

Which geometrical shape does the path of a 2D projectile follow?
☐ line
☐ circle
☐ ellipse
☐ parabola
☐ hyperbola

A man on a treadmill is walking at 1.5 m/s to the left. The treadmill is going at 2 m/s to the right. If you are standing still, it looks like the man is moving:
☐ 0.5 m/s left
☐ 3.5 m/s left
☐ stationary
☐ 0.5 m/s right
☐ 3.5 m/s right

Ralph is confused about how his book defined the components of a vector. The book says, "The components of a vector are the projections of the vector along the coordinate axes". What can you tell Ralph to help him understand what the word "projections" means in this context?

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Which part of today's assignment was particularly hard or confusing? What would you like to spend extra time on in class?

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