Example Physics Problems and Solutions Learning how to solve physics problems is a big part of learning physics. Here’s a collection of example physics problems and solutions to help you tackle problems sets and understand concepts and how to work with formulas:

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Unit Conversion Examples

There are now too many unit conversion examples to list in this space. This Unit Conversion Examples page is a more comprehensive list of worked example problems.

Newton’s Equations of Motion Example Problems  Weight In An Elevator
Have you ever wondered why you feel slightly heavier in an elevator when it begins to move up? Or why you feel lighter when the elevator begins to move down? This example problem explains how to find your weight in an accelerating elevator and how to find the acceleration of an elevator using your weight on a scale.

Equilibrium Example Problem
This example problem shows how to determine the different forces in a system at equilibrium. The system is a block suspended from a rope attached to two other ropes. Equilibrium Example Problem – Balance
This example problem highlights the basics of finding the forces acting on a system in mechanical equilibrium.

Force of Gravity Example
This physics problem and solution shows how to apply Newton’s equation to calculate the gravitational force between the Earth and the Moon.

Coupled Systems Example Problems Simple Atwood Machine

Coupled systems are two or more separate systems connected together. The best way to solve these types of problems is to treat each system separately and then find common variables between them.
Atwood Machine
The Atwood Machine is a coupled system of two weights sharing a connecting string over a pulley. This example problem shows how to find the acceleration of an Atwood system and the tension in the connecting string.
Coupled Blocks – Inertia Example
This example problem is similar to the Atwood machine except one block is resting on a frictionless surface perpendicular to the other block. This block is hanging over the edge and pulling down on the coupled string. The problem shows how to calculate the acceleration of the blocks and the tension in the connecting string.

Friction Example Problems These example physics problems explain how to calculate the different coefficients of friction.

Momentum and Collisions Example Problems These example problems show how to calculate the momentum of moving masses.

Momentum and Impulse Example
Finds the momentum before and after a force acts on a body and determine the impulse of the force.

Elastic Collision Example
Shows how to find the velocities of two masses after an elastic collision.

It Can Be Shown – Elastic Collision Math Steps
Shows the math to find the equations expressing the final velocities of two masses in terms of their initial velocities.

Charge and Coulomb Force Example Problems Two charges separated by one centimeter experiencing a force of repulsion of 90 N.

Electrical charges generate a coulomb force between themselves proportional to the magnitude of the charges and inversely proportional to the distance between them.
Coulomb’s Law Example
This example problem shows how to use Coulomb’s Law equation to find the charges necessary to produce a known repulsive force over a set distance.
Coulomb Force Example
This Coulomb force example shows how to find the number of electrons transferred between two bodies to generate a set amount of force over a short distance.

Light and Energy Example Problems

Energy and Wavelength Example
This example shows how to determine the energy of a photon of a known wavelength.

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