Item FM059003: An object does not acquire a force by being shoved.

A person shoves an ice cube off a table. Which of the following acts on the ice cube after it leaves the table but before it hits the floor?

  1. Only the force from the shove on the ice cube
  2. Only the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube
  3. Both the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube and the force from the shove on the ice cube
  4. Neither the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube nor the force from the shove on the ice cube
Distribution of responses
Answer Choice
Overall
Grades
Gender
Language
6–8 9–12 Male Female Primary Language is English Primary Language is not English
A. Only the force from the shove on the ice cube 13% 15% 10% 12% 14% 12% 17%
B. Only the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube 24% 26% 21% 24% 24% 24% 24%
C. Both the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube and the force from the shove on the ice cube 58% 54% 65% 59% 58% 59% 50%
D. Neither the force of the earth’s gravity on the ice cube nor the force from the shove on the ice cube 5% 5% 4% 5% 4% 4% 9%