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Common MCQ in Physics for Engineering | Part 1

Hello there, I just want to share the common Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ) in the subject Physics for Engineering. By the way, this is based as well on our Midterm Period. There are 30 questions here, you can use your search tool or Ctrl+F to locate it easily.

DISCLAIMER: This is based on our online midterm exam, I got a perfect score so I think this is all correct but, little errors are still possible. Credits will still apply to the book (University Physics 13th Edition by Young and Freedman), to my professor, and to the question maker.

1. The ____ of a moving object is the distance it covers in a time interval divided by time interval.
A. Acceleration
B. Instantaneous Speed
C. Average Speed
D. Instantaneous Velocity

2. Defined as an influence that can change the velocity of an object.
A. Acceleration
B. Force
C. Energy
D. Work

3. One horsepower is equivalent to how many watts?
A. 550
B. 746
C. 764
D. 748

4. Which quantity is equal to the derivative of the velocity with respect to time?
A. Instantaneous Velocity
B. Instantaneous Acceleration
C. Average Acceleration
D. Average Velocity

5. Defined as the time rate at which work is done?
A. Energy
B. Watt
C. Power
D. Joule

6. What refers to the force acting on a freely falling object?
A. Gravitational Pull
B. Mass
C. Weight
D. Any of the above

7. The "kilowatt-hour" is a unit of
A. Work
B. Energy
C. Power
D. Both a and b (it is a unit of work and since energy is the ability to do work, it is also a unit of energy)

8. "The work done by the net force on a particle equals the change in the particle's kinetic energy."
A. Law of conservation of energy
B. Total work theoem
C. Work-energy theorem
D. Any of the above

9. The ___ of a particle is equal to the total work that particle can do in a process of being brought to rest.
A. Kinetic energy
B. Potential energy.
C. Total energy
D. Mechanical energy

10. The negative value of the work is done by gravity on the body is the ____ of the body.
A. Negative gravitational energy
B. Gravitational potential energy
C. Net gravitational energy
D. Gravitational kinetic energy

11. A rotating body has kinetic energy. This statement is
A. Sometimes true
B. Sometimes false
C. Always true
D. Always false

12. Which of the following statements is NOT true about acceleration
A. Acceleration is uniform for straight line motion
B. For circular motion, acceleration is constant in magnitude and direction
C. Acceleration is uniform if the velocity changes by equal amount in equal time
D. The average acceleration cannot be used in precise calculations unless the acceleration is uniform

13. The ____ of a particle is equal to the total work that particle can do in a process of being set in motion
A. Kinetic energy
B. Potential energy.
C. Total energy.
D. Mechanical energy

14. Which of the following combination of unit is called a joule?
A. kg^2 / m^2
B. (kg-m) /s^2
C. (kg-m^s2) / s^2
D. (kg-m^2) / s

15. Which one is equivalent to the unit of Watt?
A. Newton-second
B. Newton-meter
C. Newton-meter per second
D. Newton-meter per second squared

16. The  ___ of a particle is defined as its change in position in some time interval.
A. Distance
B. Displacement
C. Speed
D. Acceleration

17. Which quantity is equal to the derivative of the velocity with respect to time?
A. Instantaneous velocity
B. Average acceleration
C. Instantaneous acceleration
D. Average velocity

18. Which of the following is true if the net force exerted on an object is zero?
A. Acceleration is zero; Velocity is zero
B. Acceleration is zero; Velocity remains constant
C. Acceleration is zero; Velocity is variable
D. Both acceleration and velocity

19. What is a measure of inertia of an object?
A. Density
B. Weight
C. Mass
D. Center of gravity

20. The ____ of  a force about particular axis is the product of the magnitude of the force and the perpendicular distance from the line of action of the axis.
A. Inertia
B. Mass moment
C. Torque
D. Moment

21. When the forces that act on an object have a vector sum of zero, the object is said to be in
A. Rotational equilibrium
B. Translational equilibrium
C. Stable equilibrium
D. Both a and b

22. When the net torque acting on an object is zero, the object is in
A. Rotational equilibrium
B. Translational equilibrium
C. Stable equilibrium
D. Both a and b

23. If the forces acting on a falling body balance one another, the body continues to fall at a constant velocity. What is this constant velocity called?
A. Instantaneous velocity
B. Free-falling velocity
C. Terminal velocity
D. Gravitational

24. Mechanical energy is conserved provided that  ____ work is done by nonconservative forces.
A. Either positive or negative
B. No positive
C. No negative

25. What will happen to the kinetic energy of a body if you increase the speed of the body two times?
A. It will reduce to half
B. It will increase 4 times
C. It will double
D. It will reduce to one-fourth

26. A boy throws a ball vertically upward with an initial velocity of 3 m/s from the roof deck of a building. The ball strikes the sidewalk at the ground level after 4 seconds. What is the velocity with which the ball strikes the ground?
A. 24.56 m/s
B. 29.76 m/s
C. 33.45 m/s

27. A train changes its speed uniformly from 60 mph to 30 mph in a distance of 1500 ft. What is its acceleration?
A. -1.94 ft/s^2
B. 2.04 ft/s^2
C. 2.04 ft/s^2
D. 1.94 ft/s^2

28. A free particle, which has a mass of 2 kg, is initially at rest. If a force of 10 N is applied for a period of 10 s, what is the kinetic energy acquired by the particle?
A. 2000 J
B. 2500 J 
C. 3000 J
D. 3500 J

29. How much work is required to raise a 0.1 kg block to a height of 2 m and simultaneously give it a velocity of 3 m/s
A. 1.42 J 
B. 1.67 J
C. 1.42
(but I think this is 2.41 J since, 
mgh + 1/2 mv^2 = (0.1 kg x 9.8 m/s^2 x 2 m) + [1/2 x 0.1 kg x (3 m/s)^2] = 2.41 J)

30. A ball is projected at such an angle that the horizontal range is three times the maximum height. What is the angle of projection?
A. 27.13 degrees
B. 35.87 degrees
C. 53.13 degrees (tan^-1 = 4/3 =  53.13 degrees)
D. 45 degrees

If you think there is an error, feel free to comment below.

DISCLAIMER: This is based on our online midterm exam, I got a perfect score so I think this is all correct but, little errors are still possible. Credits will still apply to the book (University Physics 13th Edition by Young and Freedman), to my professor, and to the question maker.

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