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PHY F111 Test 1 (Open Book) 19th Sept 2015

Mechanics, Oscillations and Waves Time: 60 min Max. Marks: 40 (Wt: 25%)

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1. A horizontal, frictionless circular table of radius R is rotating at a constant angular speed about a vertical
axis through its center. A bead of mass m is at rest with respect to the table at a distance r0 from the
center, attached to the axis by a massless string. Consider two reference frames: S, an inertial frame
attached to the ground and S 0 , a frame attached to the table and rotating with it (see figure below). At
t = 0, assume the bead is on the x0 -axis and the axes of S and S 0 coincide. [20 marks]

(a) List all the forces with magnitude and direction in the frame S, at t = 0. [2]

(b) List all the forces with magnitude and direction in the frame S 0 , at t = 0. [2]

(c) The string breaks at t = 0, and the bead flies off the table. List the forces for t > 0 in
the S frame [2]

the S 0 frame [2]

(d) Qualitatively draw the trajectory of the bead in the two frames on the following diagrams. [2+4]

(e) What is the coordinate (wrt x-axis in S) of the point where the bead leaves the table? [2]

(f) What is the 0 coordinate (wrt x0 -axis in S 0 ) of the point where it leaves the table? [4]

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2. Two identical uniform disks A and B of mass M and radius R are on a horizontal frictionless table as
shown in the figure. Initially, A spins about its center at a rate 0 and moves in the i direction with velocity
v0 as indicated, while disk B is stationary. A makes contact with B in a glancing collision and sticks to
B instantly. The two then move together as a single rigid object with angular velocity f about the point
of contact. [20 marks]

~ i with respect to the origin O?

(a) What is the initial angular momentum vector L [4]

~cm of the center of mass of the system?

(b) What is the final linear velocity V [3]

~ f of the combined system with respect to O. Express your

(c) Find the final angular momentum vector L
answer in terms of Vcm , f , M and R. [8]

(d) For what value of v0 is f zero? Briefly justify how you arrive at the answer. [5]

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