Foundation Program
Physics
Student Tutorial Book
Semester 2
UNSW Foundation Studies
UNSW Global Pty Limited
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Sydney NSW 2052 Australia
Copyright 2017
Tutorials are designed to be informal learning periods, during which time students
are expected to ask questions and to clarify concepts. Students should have
completed the tutorial topic questions set before each tutorial. Some tutorial
questions require the use of physical constants. These can be found on the Data
Sheet towards to back of the book.
During the tutorial sessions your teacher will go over problem areas or questions
as required by students. In addition to the tutorial exercises which are listed in this
Tutorial Handbook, we very strongly recommend you do questions from your
textbook: GiancoliPhysics. You will find relevant chapters from the textbook in
Appendix I.
During some tutorial periods multiple choice tests will be given. These tests are
nonassessable, but give a good indication to you about your progress.
A set time block is allocated for consultation with your teachers. Consultations
are opportunities for students to receive more personal assistance with specific
questions and areas of difficulty they may be having with the course. It is strongly
advised that you use this opportunity early in the year to ensure that you are
keeping abreast of the physics course.
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Table of Contents
Contents
Foreword ....................................................................................................... 1
Tutorial Program ........................................................................................... 1
Table of Contents .......................................................................................... 2
26 Rigid Body Dynamics I ..................................................................... 3
27 Rigid Body Dynamics II .................................................................... 6
28 Reflection ......................................................................................... 11
29 Refraction ......................................................................................... 13
30 Images .............................................................................................. 16
31 Optical Systems ............................................................................... 19
32 Simple Harmonic Motion ................................................................ 22
33 Wave Motion I ................................................................................. 25
34 Wave Motion II ................................................................................ 28
35 Sound I ............................................................................................. 32
36 Sound II ............................................................................................ 33
37 Interference I .................................................................................... 37
38 Interference II................................................................................... 41
39 Magnetism I ..................................................................................... 44
40 Magnetism II .................................................................................... 47
41 Magnetism III................................................................................... 50
42 Electromagnetic Induction ............................................................... 54
43 EM Applications .............................................................................. 58
44 Electromagnetic Waves ................................................................... 61
Answers....................................................................................................... 63
APPENDIX 1 PHYSICS SYLLABUS ................................................. 68
SOME MOMENTS OF INERTIA ............................................................. 71
PHYSICS DATA SHEET........................................................................... 72
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26 Rigid Body Dynamics I
Exercise 1
A spin dryer takes 40.0 s to accelerate from rest to its operating speed of 372 rpm.
(revolutions per minute).
Exercise 2
A wheel is accelerated from rest to 5.40 × 102 rad s1 in seven complete
revolutions.
(b) Calculate the time required to reach the 5.40 × 102 rad s1 angular speed.
Exercise 3
(c) Calculate the tangential component of linear acceleration of the rim of the
disc.
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Exercise 4
A wheel mounted on a fixed axle has a cord wound around its rim. The moment
of inertia of the wheel is 0.250 kg m2. The tension in the free end of the cord is
40.0 N.
T = 40.0 N
The wheel is initially at rest and the free end of the cord is pulled over a distance
of 1.20 m horizontally.
Exercise 5
A thin uniform cylindrical rod is 1.20 m long. It is rotated around a point P which
is 0.40 m from one of its ends.
P
0.4 m 0.8 m
Calculate the moment of inertia of the rod about the axis through P.
Exercise 6
A pulley wheel of radius 0.30 m has a cord wound around its rim. The wheel is
suspended from the ceiling and a 0.25 kg mass is hung from the cord.
Pulley Wheel
m = 0.25 kg
(b) Find the tension in the rope. (Assume the rope does not slip on the pulley).
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Exercise 7
0.20 m 0.10 m
0.50 kg X Y 0.25 kg
0.40 m
Two small spheres of masses 0.500 kg and 0.250 kg respectively are joined by a
light rigid rod of negligible mass as shown, so that their centres are 0.400 m apart.
Calculate:
(a) the moment of inertia and radius of gyration about an axis perpendicular to
the rod and passing through X, a point on the rod midway between the
centres of the spheres;
(b) the kinetic energy of this body when it is rotated about such an axis at 20.0
rad/s;
(c) parts (a) and (b) again for an axis passing through Y as shown.
Exercise 8
A 1.00 m long thin rod AB has a mass of 0.200 kg. A small object of mass 0.300
kg is attached to A. The system is free to rotate on a smooth horizontal surface at
a speed of 4.00 rad s1.
(a) Calculate the angular momentum of the system if it rotates about a vertical
axle through O, the midpoint of AB.
(b) Calculate the angular momentum of the system if it rotates about a vertical
axle through B.
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27 Rigid Body Dynamics II
Exercise 1
A uniform solid cylinder of mass 1.00 kg and diameter 0.500 m rotates about a
vertical axis with a frequency of 1.59 Hz. A very small body of mass 0.500 kg is
dropped onto the cylinder 0.150 m from the axis. The body sticks to the cylinder
and rotates with it. Calculate the angular speed of the cylinder with the 0.500 kg
body on it.
Exercise 2
The diagram below shows a disc D1 and a shaft of total moment of inertia 0.15 kg
m2 rotating with an angular speed of 10.0 rad s1 anticlockwise. Another disc D2
of moment of inertia 0.10 kg m2 is dropped onto disc D1. The two discs stick
together.
D2
D1
(a) Calculate the combined angular speed of the system if D2 was not rotating
before they coupled.
(b) Calculate the combined angular speed of the system if D2 was rotating with an
angular speed of 5.0 rad s1 anticlockwise as it fell on D1.
(c) Calculate the combined angular speed of the system if D2 was rotating with an
angular speed of 5.0 rad s1 clockwise as it fell on D1.
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Exercise 3
circular path of
rotating mass
hole rotating
smooth horizontal mass 0.4 kg
surface
cord
It is held by a cord which passes through a small hole in the centre of the surface.
The angular speed of the mass is originally 2.50 revolutions per second and the
radius of its path is 0.800 m.
(b) Calculate the new angular speed of the mass in rad s1.
(c) Calculate the tension in the string when the mass rotates with this new speed.
(d) Calculate the work done by the cord to change the speed of the mass.
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Exercise 4
An ice skater has a moment of inertia of 4.00 kg m2 when her arms are
outstretched and 1.50 kg m2 when her arms are brought to her sides. Her angular
speed when her arms are outstretched is 1.20 revolutions per second.
(a) Calculate the ice skater’s angular momentum when her arms are outstretched.
(b) Calculate the kinetic energy of the ice skater at that time.
(c) Calculate the angular velocity of the ice skater when her arms are at her sides.
(d) Calculate the kinetic energy of the ice skater at that time.
Exercise 5
A thin hollow cylinder of mass 3.00 kg and radius 0.500 m rolls down an inclined
plane that makes an angle of 20.0 with the horizontal. The cylinder is initially at
rest.
20o
(a) Calculate the angular speed of the cylinder after rolling 10.0 m down the
plane.
(c) Calculate the total kinetic energy of the cylinder at that time.
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Exercise 6
The pulley wheel on the diagram below is able to rotate freely about its axle. The
mass of the wheel is 1.30 kg and its diameter is 0.760 m. A mass of 0.700 kg is
hanging from the rim of the wheel on the end of an ideal string. The pulley may
be treated as a solid disc.
The mass is released. Calculate its speed after falling 1.20 m. (Assume the string
does not slip).
Exercise 7
Bodies of masses 0.800 kg and 2.00 kg are joined by a light cord which passes
over a smooth pulley of mass 0.250 kg and diameter 50.0 mm  the two masses
hanging freely as shown.
The pulley may be considered a solid disc. The system is released so that the 2.00
kg body descends and the 0.800 kg body rises.
50 mm
m1 =2.0 kg
1m
m2 =0.8 kg
(a) the speed(s) of the masses and the angular velocity of the pulley when the
larger mass has descended 1.00 m;
(b) the acceleration of each body and the angular acceleration of the pulley;
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Exercise 8
A freely rotating turntable is rotating with an angular speed of 3.50 rads1. Its
moment of inertia is 2.25 102 kg m2. The diameter of the turntable is 0.600 m.
A small bug of mass 0.500 g sits at the edge of the turntable. It suddenly starts
running at a speed of 1.45 ms1 around the perimeter.
(a) Calculate the new speed of the turntable if the bug is running in the same
direction as the turntable.
(b) Calculate the new speed of the turntable if the bug is running in the opposite
direction as the turntable.
(Hint: Calculate the initial angular momentum of the system and write down an
expression for the final angular momentum for the system).
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28 Reflection
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
A person is running towards a vertical mirror with a speed of 1.20 m s 1. How fast
is the image formed by the mirror approaching the person?
Exercise 3
A ray of light strikes a plane mirror. The angle between the incident ray and the
reflected ray is 45°.
ref
lec
ted
ray
45o mirror
ay
ide nt r
inc
The direction of the incident ray is kept fixed while the mirror is rotated through
2.0°. Calculate the two possible angles formed between the original incident ray
and the new reflected ray.
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Exercise 4
Two plane mirrors are arranged at an angle of 120° to each other. A ray of light is
incident on one of the mirrors at an angle of 70° as shown on the diagram below.
inc
ide
nt
ray
r2
rro
70o
120o mi
mirror 1
(a) Calculate the angle of incidence of the reflected ray on the second mirror.
(b) Calculate the angle which is formed by the original incident and the final
reflected rays.
Exercise 5
Light is reflected consecutively from two plane mirrors which are inclined at 90°
to each other. Show that the initial incident ray i is parallel to the final reflected
ray r for all angles of incidence.
Exercise 6
A square mirror has 0.50 m sides and is fixed to a vertical wall facing the sun.
Calculate the area of the rectangular patch of reflected light on the floor when the
sun is 50.0° above the horizon.
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29 Refraction
Exercise 1
A ray of light strikes the boundary between air and water at 25.0° as shown on the
diagram below. The refractive index of water is 1.33.
air
25o
water
Exercise 2
60
60
60 60
(a) Find the angle the emergent ray makes with the prism face at which it
emerges. Illustrate your answer with a diagram.
(b) Calculate the angle through which the incident ray is deviated by the prism.
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Exercise 3
Use the diagram which you drew to solve the previous problem (2) and include the
possible rays of monochromatic red and blue light. Give a full explanation for
your answer.
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
Calculate the minimum value of the refractive index of the material which is suitable
to make such devices.
Exercise 6
A coin is placed in a long narrow glass which is full of water. The refractive index
of water is 1.33. How far below the surface of the water does the coin appear to be
when the actual depth is 0.120 m?
Hints:
1. Sketch a diagram showing 2 rays diverging from the coin, one of them
meeting the water along the normal.
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Exercise 7
A boat floats on the surface of a calm lake. A fish swims towards the boat at a
depth of 5.0 m. How close can the fish swim to the boat before
Both distances are measured horizontally. The refractive index of the water is 1.3.
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30 Images
Exercise 1
Find the position, size and nature of the image produced when an object 8.0 mm
high is placed:
Exercise 2
An object is placed 200 mm from a convex spherical mirror and an image with
linear magnification 0.5 results.
(b) Describe a method by which the image in this case could be located
experimentally.
Exercise 3
For each case find the position, linear magnification, size and nature of the image
produced.
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Exercise 4
When a luminous object is placed 0.75 m from a convex lens a wellfocused image
is produced on a screen 1.50 m on the other side of the lens.
Exercise 5
(a) If the image must be real, show that there are two possible positions for the
lens and find the image height in each case.
(b) If the image must be virtual, show that there is one possible position for the
lens and again calculate the image height.
Exercise 6
A convex lens 1 of focal length 120 mm is placed 600 mm from an identical lens
2 . An object P is 180 mm from 1 and 780 mm from 2 as shown in the
diagram below.
1 2
(c) Calculate the linear magnification of the final image relative to the original
object.
(d) Is the final image upright or inverted compared with the original object?
Explain.
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Exercise 7
Exercise 8
Lens 1 has a focal length of 0.30 m and lens 2 has a focal length of 0.30 m.
The lenses are placed 0.10 m apart as shown on the diagram below. A luminous
object P is placed 0.20 m from 1 and 0.30 m from 2 .
1 2
(a) Calculate the position of the primary image.
(c) What is the linear magnification of the final image? Is this image upright or
inverted, relative to the original object?
Exercise 9
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31 Optical Systems
Exercise 1
The focal length of the eyepiece of a compound microscope is 25.0 mm and the
focal length of its objective lens is 10.0 mm. An object is placed 10.5 mm in front
of the objective lens. The microscope is adjusted for most distinct vision and the
final image is 0.100 m long.
(a) Calculate the position of the primary image with respect to the objective.
(c) Calculate the distance between primary image and the eyepiece.
Exercise 2
A person has a least distance of distinct vision of 1.20 m. What kind of contact
lenses should this person wear to reduce this distance to 0.250 m?
Exercise 3
The focal length of a projector is 127 mm. It is used in an auditorium where the
screen is 25.5 m from the projector. A person borrows the projector, takes it home
and places it 1.50 m from the wall. How far and in what direction should the lens
be moved to form a focused image on the wall?
Exercise 4
A point object P is placed on the principal axis of a convex lens of focal length
0.30 m at a distance of 0.60 m from the lens. A convex mirror is placed 0.20 m
from the lens so that the lens is between the mirror and P with the reflecting
surface of the mirror facing the lens. If rays from P through the system return to
P, find the focal length of the mirror.
How could this arrangement be used to find the focal length of a convex mirror
experimentally?
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Exercise 5
The objective and eyepiece of a compound microscope are 190 mm apart and have
focal lengths of 7.00 mm and 50.0 mm respectively.
The microscope is adjusted so that the final image is formed at the near point
(0.250 m from the eyepiece, which is near enough to 0.250 m from the eye itself).
(a) Calculate the distance between the primary image and the eyepiece.
(b) Calculate the distance between the object and the objective lens.
Exercise 6
An astronomical telescope is used to view the planet Mars. The eyepiece of the
telescope has a focal length of 20 mm and its objective lens has a focal length of
0.60 m. What is the angular magnification of the final image of Mars? (Assume
that the telescope is adjusted for relaxed viewing)
Exercise 7
The objective lens of a Galilean telescope has a focal length of 400 mm and its
eyepiece is 150 mm from the objective lens. Assume that the telescope is adjusted
for relaxed viewing.
(c) Name two advantages and one disadvantage of this type of telescope
compared with the Keplerian type (with two convex lenses).
(d) Repeat parts (a) and (b) if, with the lenses in the same positions, the telescope
is adjusted for most distinct viewing.
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Exercise 8
A refracting telescope has an objective lens without any significant aberrations. Its
focal length is 1.20 m. It is fitted with an eyepiece of focal length 24 mm. An
astronomer uses it to observe a star cluster.
(a) How far should the eyepiece be from the objective if the astronomer wants to
observe for a long time with a relaxed eye?
(c) Where (in relation to the eyepiece) should the final image be if the astronomer
wants the most distinct view?
(d) What is the angular magnification of the telescope when adjusted as in (c)?
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32 Simple Harmonic Motion
Exercise 1
A spring has a force constant of 1.00 kN m1. When an object of mass 6.12 kg is
hanging from the spring, its extended length is 0.180 m. Calculate the extended
length of the spring when an object of mass 10.2 kg is hanging from it.
Exercise 2
250 mm
A steel ball of mass 0.600 kg is placed on the horizontal surface and the spring is
compressed with the ball to a length of 0.100 m.
100 mm
The spring is released and the ball is free to move on the smooth horizontal
surface.
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Exercise 3
A mass is moving with simple harmonic motion of amplitude 400 mm. Its position
initially is zero and its position at t = 0.500 s is 150 mm as shown on the diagram
below.
x (mm)
400
150
0
0.5 t (s)
(a) Write an expression for the position of the mass as a function of time in
general form.
(b) Substitute the given values in your equation and calculate the period of the
motion.
Exercise 4
(a) Draw a graph of the number of swings against elapsed time. Use this graph to
calculate the period of the pendulum.
(b) Did you use all the measurements? Explain your answer.
(d) At what point(s) of the swing was the acceleration of the pendulum
maximum? Explain your answer.
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Exercise 5
A girl of mass 30.0 kg sits on a playground swing which has a period of oscillation
4.1 s. The total horizontal displacement of a halfswing is 0.85 m as shown on the
diagram below.
0.85
(c) If the horizontal distance remains 0.85 m, how would the period and the speed
change? Explain your answer.
Exercise 6
85 mm
(b) Calculate the maximum force exerted by the spring system on the mass.
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33 Wave Motion I
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
Two particles on a progressive wave of wavelength 2.50 m are 1.00 m apart. What
is the phase difference between the vibrations of these particles in (i) radians; (ii)
degrees?
Exercise 3
A longitudinal wave of frequency 2.0 × 102 Hz is set up in a metal rod. The wave
passes from the rod into air. The speed of wave in the metal is 5.0 x 103 m s 1 and
in air it is 3.4 x 102 m s 1.
(b) Does the wave change phase on reflection? Justify your answer.
(c) Does the wave change phase on transmission? Justify your answer.
Exercise 4
A motor boat sails first from the shore to an island, then back from the island to
the shore. On the first journey the boat meets one wave in every 2.00 seconds; on
the second journey it meets one wave in every 9.23 seconds. The speed of the boat
relative to the land is 12.0 m s 1 in both cases. Assume the speed of the boat is
greater than the speed of the waves.
Calculate:
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Exercise 5
Three strings of different linear densities are joined together and one end of the
combination is attached to a brick wall, as shown:
The combination is put under tension, which must necessarily be the same in each
part. The speed of waves and pulses in a stretched string is given by:
F tension N
v
linear density kg m1
An upward pulse is generated at the lefthand end of the lefthand string. Each
time this pulse reaches a junction (or boundary), some of its energy is reflected and
some transmitted across the boundary. [Transmission into the brick wall is
negligible.]
For the pulses which return to the lefthand end by a single reflection, explain
whether it is upright (as originally generated) or inverted.
Exercise 6
Exercise 7
(c) Express the phase of the function in degrees at the time the photograph is
taken.
(d) Draw a sketch of this function at the time the photograph is taken.
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Exercise 8
Figure (i) shows a transverse wave at t = 0.0 s. Figure (ii) shows the same wave at
t = 0.20 s. The wave is travelling to the right.
displacement (m)
displacement (m)
0.3 0.3
1 3 5 7 distance (m) 2 4 6 8
distance (m
(i) (ii)
(a) What is the wavelength of the wave?
(c) What is the period of the vibration of the wave for this minimum velocity?
(d) What is the period of vibration for the second lowest possible velocity?
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34 Wave Motion II
Exercise 1
A stretched wire is observed to vibrate in three loops each of length 0.750 m when
the frequency of vibration is 50.0 Hz. The tension in the wire is 6.00 N.
(a) Draw a diagram of the vibrating wire and state the number of nodes and the
number of antinodes.
Exercise 2
(c) Calculate the wavelength of the sound produced by the vibrating string.
Exercise 3
A string is stretched between two fixed points. Standing waves are set up on it
with 3 nodal points between the ends (not including the ends themselves).
(b) Calculate the frequency of vibration when this string vibrates in its first
overtone mode.
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Exercise 4
The graph below represents two pulses X and Y travelling on a string at t = 2.0s.
60
displacement (mm)
0 X
Y
60
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
distance (m)
Pulse X is travelling to the right with a velocity of 0.5 m s 1. Pulse Y is travelling
to the left.
Exercise 5
(b) Calculate the frequency of the standing wave, given that the speed of the
original wave is 120 m s 1.
(c) How many antinodes are formed in the standing wave pattern?
(d) Write down the displacementtime function of the original wave; that is, write
an expression of the form:
displacement = (amplitude) sin2 f t
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Exercise 6
A 1.5 m long string has a mass 1.5 x 102 kg. It is under a tension of 144 N. A
student has a set of four tuning forks marked 50 Hz, 100 Hz, 150 Hz and 200 Hz.
First the student plucks the string by hand.
The student tries to establish a standing wave in the string by exciting it using the
“resonance method” as shown on the diagram below.
tight string
F=144 N
(c) Which one of the tuning forks is able to establish a standing wave in the
string?
(f) What is the wavelength of the progressive sound wave produced by the
vibrating string?
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Exercise 7
The graph below illustrates a pulse which moves to the right along a string at a
velocity of 2.0 m s 1.
0.4
displacement (m)
0.2
D
0
A B C P
0.2
0.4
2 6 10 14 18 22
Position (m)
(b) Construct a displacementtime graph for point P taking t = 0 the instant when
the displacementposition graph was drawn.
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35 Sound I
Exercise 1
Three properties of musical notes that enable us to distinguish them from one
another are loudness, pitch and tonal quality or timbre. Explain how each of these
is determined by physical properties of the sound wave.
Exercise 2
When you are 10.0 m from a sound source you hear a sound intensity of
6.00 x 1010 W m2.
(b) How far do you have to walk from the source to reduce the intensity to 2.00 x
1010 W m2?
Exercise 3
An orchestra has seven electric guitars. When only five of them are played they
produce an average sound level of 85.0 dB. Calculate the average sound level
when all seven guitars are played.
Exercise 4
Exercise 5
At a certain point on a factory floor the sound level when heavy machine M1 is
switched on is 70.0 dB. When another machine M2 is switched on as well the
sound level rises to 71.0 dB. Calculate the sound level produced by M2.
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36 Sound II
Exercise 1
Exercise 2
(a) Plot a graph of the wavelength against period using the above results.
(b) From your graph, obtain a value for the speed of sound at the temperature of
the experiment.
Exercise 3
The speed of sound in a metal rod is 3.60 km s 1. The rod is 1.20m long and
clamped at one of its ends.
(a) Determine the frequency of its vibration if longitudinal waves are established
in the rod and it is vibrating in its first overtone mode.
The same metal rod is clamped now in its centre and longitudinal stationary waves
are established in the rod, which again vibrates in its first overtone mode.
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Exercise 4
A closed pipe (stopped at one end) and an open pipe are placed side by side. It is
found that the second overtone produced by the closed pipe gives the same pitch as
the third overtone of the open pipe. Calculate the ratio of their lengths.
Exercise 5
Two loudspeakers, L1 and L2, are connected in the same phase to an oscillator on
an open field as shown on the diagram below.
L1
Sound generator
f = 560 Hz
3.6 m
L2
The speakers are 3.60 m apart and the frequency of the oscillator is 560Hz. The
speed of sound under these conditions is 342 m s 1.
(b) Calculate the number of nodal lines produced by the interference of the sound
waves from the two speakers to their right.
(c) Calculate the angle between the two central nodal lines.
The electrical connections between the oscillator and L1 are reversed so that the
two speakers receive their signals “out of phase”.
(d) Calculate the number of nodal lines produced with this arrangement.
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Exercise 6
A group of students conduct an experiment to find the velocity of sound in air.
They use a tuning fork marked 500.0 Hz and a glass tube 2.50 m long filled with
water and fitted with a tap at its lower end in order to regulate the length of the air
column in the tube.
2.5 m
(b) What was the length of the air column at the 4th resonance point?
(c) How should the students perform their calculations in order to counteract the
effects of “end correction”?
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Exercise 7
A speaker from a signal generator is attached to the open end of a transparent tube
of length 1.0 m which contains a very fine and light powder. When the frequency
of the signal generator is adjusted to resonate with the air in tube, the powder
settles as shown on the diagram below:
1.0 m
speaker A B C
signal
generator
(c) At a particular instant the air particles at C are displaced by 2.0 m to the
right from their mean positions. What is the displacement of the air particles
at this time at
(i) A
(ii) B
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37 Interference I
Exercise 1
(i)
(ii) /2
(iii) /4
(iv) 5/4
(v) 3/4
(vi) 7/4
(vii) 2.
(a) What is the phase difference, in radians, between the light waves, in each case?
(b) In which of (i)  (vii) could the light waves be described as “in phase”?
(c) In which of (i)  (vii) could the light waves be described as being “completely
out of phase”?
Exercise 2
Monochromatic light of wavelength 590 nm is incident on two narrow slits that are
0.15 mm apart. What is the distance between the two secondorder maxima
observed on a screen 1.20 m from the slits?
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Exercise 3
An airport is equipped with two shortwave radio aerials A and B which are 40.0
m apart as shown on the diagram below. They emit 12.0 m wavelength signals
with a phase difference of radians.
A
runway
40 m
(a) If an aeroplane is approaching the runway along the marked dotted line would
the signal it receives from A and B be minimum or maximum? Explain your
answer.
Exercise 4
Light of wavelength 481 nm falls normally on a double slit where the slit
separation is 1.30 x 104 m.
(a) How many maxima could be found on the screen on the other side of the
double slit and parallel to it?
(b) Calculate the angle of deviation for the highest order maximum obtained.
Exercise 5
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Exercise 6
(a) Calculate the two longest possible wavelengths which are able to form a
minimum in the same position as the first order maximum for the blue light.
Exercise 7
On the diagram below the line H represents a long straight highway running to the
north, X and Y are two radio towers separated by 3000 m emitting, in phase,
waves of frequency 2.0 x 105 Hz.
H
1500 m 1500 m
X Y
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(b) What would be the effect on the interference pattern if the slit separation were
halved?
(c) Calculate the distance between consecutive maxima near the centre of the
pattern, if light of wavelength 6.00 × 102 nm were used with the original
double slit.
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Exercise 1
(b) Calculate the maximum number of bright lines which can be seen on a screen
2.4 m away and parallel to the grating.
(c) Calculate the distance between the two first order maxima.
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
A transmission grating has 5.50 × 102 lines per mm. A screen is set up 3.00 m
from the grating and parallel to it. A mixture of two yellow lights = 588.99 nm
and = 589.59 nm is incident normally on the grating.
(a) Calculate the distance between the two spectral lines in the first order
spectrum.
(b) Calculate the distance between the two spectral lines in the second order
spectrum.
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Exercise 4
Monochromatic light (literally light of one colour but we use this term to mean
light composed of only one wavelength) falls normally on a transmission grating
with 5.00 × 102 lines per millimetre. When a large screen is placed 0.400 m behind
the grating and parallel to it, it is found that the two second order maxima are
0.600 m apart
The screen is moved close to the grating so that all maxima appear on it.
The space between the grating and the screen is now filled with oil of refractive
index 1.40.
Exercise 5
When a draining soap film or an oil slick is viewed in white light, vivid colours
(described as “false spectral colours”) are observed.
(b) Why are the colours “false” rather than “true” spectral colours?
Exercise 6
Explain why camera lenses are “bloomed”, i.e. Coated with CaF2 or other
transparent materials which have refractive indices different from glass.
Exercise 7
Explain what Newton’s rings are and how are they formed.
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Exercise 9
(a) What is the minimum nonzero thickness of the glass that gives completely
constructive interference for the blue light reflecting from the film?
(b) What is the minimum nonzero thickness of the glass that gives completely
constructive interference for the red light reflecting from the film?
(c) What is the minimum nonzero thickness of the glass that gives completely
constructive interference for BOTH the blue and red light simultaneously?
(d) The thin piece of glass in is now removed and placed on top of water n =
1.33. Again, a beam of light traveling in air (n = 1.00) shines perpendicularly
down on the glass. Which visible wavelengths (380nm < < 750nm) will
now be completely reflected, that is, undergo complete constructive
interference?
Exercise 10
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Exercise 1
(b) How can you tell from a flux line diagram the direction of the magnetic field
at a point?
Exercise 2
A coil with an iron core and a bar magnet are placed as shown. The effects of the
earth’s magnetic field can be ignored and the two compass needles P and Q point
in the directions indicated.
Core
Battery
(a) Sketch the magnetic field lines between the magnet and the coil and indicate
the polarities of each, the neutral point and the current direction in the coil.
(b) What happens to the neutral point if the iron core is removed from the coil?
Exercise 3
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Exercise 4
One of the walls in a house is built in a northsouth direction. This contains a wire
which carries direct current to some electronic equipment. If a compass needle is
placed to the east side of this wall, the compass needle points to the south.
Exercise 5
A long straight wire carries a direct current of 3.80 A. Calculate the induction (or
flux density) of the magnetic field at P, which is
0.0600 mm from the wire.
I = 3.8 A
60 mm
Exercise 6
The induction of a magnetic field (or its flux density) has a value of 6.0 x 103 T in
air at a distance of 0.040 m from a long straight wire.
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Exercise 7
The diagram below shows two coplanar insulated wires 1 and 2 . 1 carries a
current of 0.50 A and 2 carries a current of 0.80 A in the indicated directions.
l1
20 mm
20
50 mm
mm Q
50 mm
P
l2
P and Q are points in the plane of 1 and 2 . P is 0.050 m and Q is 0.020 m from
each wire. Calculate the net flux density of the magnetic field generated by the
currents in 1 and 2 at
(i) P
(ii) Q
Exercise 8
The following experiment is performed in Sydney where the earth’s magnetic field
has a flux density of 56.0 T at an angle of inclination of 63.0 above the
horizontal. Neglect the magnetic variation or declination. That is, assume that
magnetic north and true north are the same.
(a) What is the horizontal component of the earth’s magnetic field in Sydney?
(b) What is the magnetic flux density on the tabletop due to the current in the
wire alone?
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Exercise 1
A long straight horizontal cable carries a direct current of 4.50 × 102 A. The
vertical component of the earth’s magnetic field is 4.80 x 106 T. Calculate the
magnitude of the horizontal force exerted on a 5.00 m section of the cable by the
earth’s magnetic field.
Exercise 2
Exercise 3
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Exercise 4
A spring with a natural length 100 mm is hung vertically. When a rectangular coil
of 50 turns and mass 81.6 g is attached to the spring, it elongates to 140 mm. The
coil is 120 mm wide and 180 mm long and its lower edge is in a uniform
horizontal magnetic field of intensity 2.00 x 102 T. When a current is flowing in
the coil, the spring elongates to 167 mm. (All distances are measured to the nearest
mm.)
120 mm
180 mm
B=2x102T B=2x102T
Exercise 5
180 mm
2
120 V
120 mm
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Exercise 6
Two straight parallel wires 1 and 2 are 5.00 mm apart. 1 is 6.00 m long
and carries a current of 0.120 A. 2 is 2.00 m long and experiences a force of
3.00 x 106 N repulsion from 1 .
1
2
Exercise 7
A tightly wound circular coil has one thousand turns. It rests horizontally on a
table and an anticlockwise current (as seen from above) of 0.80 A produces a
magnetic field of 1.0 x 102 T in its centre.
DATA: The flux density at the centre of a tightlywound flat coil of radius a
having N turns is
0 I
given by B N .
2a
Exercise 8
A long solenoid has 5.00 × 103 turns per metre and carries a current of 2.50 A.
(a) What is the magnitude of the flux density of the magnetic field inside this
solenoid?
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Exercise 1
Two long straight parallel wires 1 and 2 are separated by 0.12 m in air. The
current I1 carried by 1 is 1.5 A and I2 carried by 2 is 2.0 A.
(b) Is this force attractive or repulsive when the currents are flowing in the same
direction?
(d) Calculate the force experienced by a 0.50 m section of wire 2 if the current
in 1 ceases to flow.
Exercise 2
Three very long straight coplanar wires w1, w2 and w3 are arranged as shown on
the diagram below. w1 carries a current of 4.0 A, w2 carries a current of 2.0 A
and w3 carries a current of 3.0 A in the directions shown. The distances between
the wires are also indicated. The three wires are parallel.
w1 4A
1.2 mm
2A w2
.8 mm
w3 3A
Calculate the magnitude and direction of the net magnetic force acting on one
metre length of wire
(a) w1
(b) w2
(c) w3
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Exercise 3
(a) Calculate the magnitude of the force exerted on the proton by the magnetic
field.
Exercise 4
An alpha particle is injected at right angles into a magnetic field of flux density
0.12 T. The speed of the alpha particle at entry is 2.0 x 106 ms1.
(a) Calculate the magnitude of the magnetic force on the alpha particle.
(b) Calculate the magnitude of the intensity of a uniform electric field which is
able to exert this force on an alpha particle.
Exercise 5
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Exercise 6
Photographic Plate
+ x
x
x
x
x
x
x
x

Velocity
x x x x Results
Selector x x x x
x x x x
A B
Entry of Particles
Singly charged monatomic ions are admitted to the uniform magnetic field through
the velocity selector which has a magnetic field of 2.00 x 102 T and a
perpendicular electric field of
8.00 x 104 V m1.
(a) What is the velocity of the ions which pass through the velocity selector in a
straight line?
The intensity of the uniform magnetic field used to deflect the ions is 8.00 x 101
T. It is found that the photographic plate is affected only in two places: A and B,
which are 314 mm and 418 mm from the entry point of the ions respectively.
Exercise 7
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Exercise 8
A beam containing two types of singly charged helium ions with masses 3.00 and
4.00 units passes without deviation through a velocity selector and then enters at
right angles a uniform magnetic field of induction 0.800 T. The plates of the
velocity selector are 15.0 mm apart and a potential difference of 4.50 kV is
maintained between them. The magnetic field of the velocity selector is 0.600 T.
(a) Calculate the speed of the ions as they enter the uniform magnetic field.
(b) The radius of the orbit of each kind of ion in the uniform magnetic field.
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Exercise 1
x x x x x
x x x x x
v
C D
x x x x x
(a) Explain why the end D of the wire becomes negative when the wire is moved
with a velocity, v, as shown.
(b) Calculate the potential difference between C and D if the length of the wire is
0.23 m, the magnetic induction is 0.17 T and v is 3.6ms1.
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Exercise 2
A rectangular coil of wire ABCD of length 2.20 m and width 1.20 m is moving
with a uniform speed of 2.50 m s 1 in a magnetic field of intensity 0.500 T as
shown on the diagram below. The resistance of the wire is negligible. There is a
resistance of 4.00 ohms between C and D.
A B
2.2 m
2.5 m s1
4
D C
1.2 m
(a) Calculate the potential difference between the points listed below and state
which point is at the higher potential.
(i) A and B
(ii) B and C
(iii) C and D
(iv) D and A
(c) Calculate the rate at which work is done by moving the coil.
(d) Explain why the coil does not accelerate although work is done on it.
(e) Repeat your calculations for (a) if the 4.00 ohm resistance is evenly
distributed along the whole length of the wire ABCD.
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Exercise 3
A rectangular coil of two hundred turns has a length of 0.200 m and width 0.120
m. The coil rotates with a constant angular speed of 1.20 × 103 revolutions per
minute about an axis through the midpoints of the two 0.200 m sides in a uniform
magnetic field of 2.40 x 102 T.
(a) Starting from a time when the coil’s plane is parallel to the magnetic field,
calculate the average induced electromotive force whilst the coil is turning
1
radians.
2
(b) Calculate the average induced electromotive force whilst the coil is turning
radians.
(c) Calculate the average induced electromotive force whilst the coil is turning
40 radians.
Exercise 4
A flat coil of 5.00 × 102 turns is wound into a circular loop of radius 0.100 m. The
coil can be rotated by 90.0 about a diameter in 0.200 s. The coil is positioned in
such a way, that the magnetic flux through it is a maximum, and it is rotated until
the magnetic flux first becomes zero. If the average voltage induced in the coil is
0.500 V how large is the uniform magnetic field?
Exercise 5
A rod of length 0.600 m and weight 0.400 N slides down parallel conducting rails
making an angle 20.0 to the horizontal as shown on the diagram below.
0. 6 1.4 10 2
90o 20o
The rails have negligible resistance and are joined on the bottom to form a loop.
The resistance of the rod is 9.10 m and the vertical magnetic field is 1.40 10 2
T. Calculate the terminal velocity of the rod as it slides down the perfectly smooth
rails.
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Exercise 6
A rectangular coil of wire has 25 turns. Each turn has an area of 4.0 x 103 m2.
The total resistance of the coil is 15 ohms. The coil is placed in a magnetic field in
such a way, that the field lines are perpendicular to the coil as shown in the
diagram below.
(a) At what rate must the magnitude of the magnetic field B change in order to
induce 5.0 x 103 A current in the coil?
(b) How would you determine the direction of the current in the coil?
(c) If the magnetic field increases in the direction shown on the diagram, what is
the direction of the current in the coil?
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Exercise 1
A transformer is made by winding both primary and secondary coils on thin steel
plates separated by insulating materials. The primary coil has 5.0 × 102 turns and
is connected to the 240 V power source. The transformer draws 12 W of power.
The potential difference across the secondary coil is 1600 V.
Exercise 2
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Exercise 3
A transformer has a primary coil of 5.00 × 102 turns and two secondary coils of
1.00 × 103 turns each as shown on the diagram below.
Secondary coil S1
R1
N
R2
The power input is 2.40 × 102 V, 0.150 A and the two loads supplied by the
secondary coils are R1 and R2. The transformer has an efficiency of 100%.
(b) Calculate the current in secondary coil S1 if the value of R1 is 20.0 k.
(d) Calculate the current which flows through the resistance R2.
Exercise 4
A certain D.C. motor uses 115V. When it is first switched on it draws 36.0 A
which drops back to 4.00 A when the motor is turning at full speed.
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Exercise 5
The diagram below represents an ideal transformer with a two thousand turn
primary and two secondary coils S1 and S2. S1 has one thousand turns and S2 has
four hundred turns. The primary circuit is protected by a 2.00 A fuse and is
connected to a 0.240 kV power supply. S1 contains a 0.100 k load whilst S2
contains an adjustable resistor R.
2000 1000
2A
turns turns S1
fuse
100
240 V a.c.
400 S2
turns
(a) Calculate the maximum power drawn by S2 without blowing the fuse in the
primary circuit.
(b) Calculate the minimum value R may have without blowing the 2.00 A fuse.
Exercise 6
A 60.0 V source is applied between the terminals of a 2.00 coil in a d.c. motor.
When the armature spins at its rated (i.e. normal) angular velocity there is a 3.00 A
current in the coil.
(a) What current flows in the coil when it is first switched on?
(b) What backemf does the motor develop when it reaches its rated angular
velocity?
(c) What should be the resistance connected in series with the motor in order to
limit its startup current to 7.5 A?
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Exercise 1
(a) What is the direction of the magnetic vector at this instant at this point?
(b) What are the directions of the electric and magnetic vectors at a point 1.5
wavelengths further north at this instant?
Exercise 2
(a) List the main regions of the electromagnetic wave spectrum in order of
increasing frequency.
(b) For each region name (i) a source, (ii) a method of detection.
Exercise 3
The intensity of solar radiation at the top of the earth’s atmosphere near the
equator is 1.34 kW m2. The distance to the sun from the earth is 1.49 x 108 km.
Estimate the power radiated by the sun in the form of electromagnetic radiation.
Exercise 4
(a) How long does it take the transmitter to send out one complete cycle of a
radio wave?
(b) What is the wavelength of these radio waves as they travel in dry air?
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Exercise 5
The radio station in question 4 is situated east of a radio receiver. At one instant
the electric field observed at the receiver is directed to the south and it has
maximum value. If the radio waves are plane polarised,
(b) What is the direction of the electric field 1.5 m to the west of the receiver?
(c) What will be the direction of the electric field at the receiver 1.5 x 107 s after
the instant we are considering?
Exercise 6
(b) What will be the direction of the magnetic field 7.5x103s later?
(d) What is shortest period of time after the instant in question when the electric
field will point to your left?
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Topic 26 — Rigid Body Dynamics I
1. (a) 0.974 rad s2 (b) 124
2. (a) 3.31× 103 rad s2 (b) 0.163 s
3. (a) 4.0 × 101 kg m2 (b) 0.40 rad s2 (c) 0.80 m s 2
4. (a) 48.0 J (b) 19.6 rad s1
5. 0.080 kg m2
6. (a) 0.012 kg m2 (b) 0.85 N
7. (a) 0.0300 kg m2, 0.200 m
(b) 6.00 J
(c) 0.0475 kg m2, 0.252 m, 9.50 J
8. (a) 0.367 kg m2 s1 (b) 1.47 kg m2 s1
Topic 28 — Reflection
1. 0.900 m
2. 2.40 m s1
3. 41, 49
4. (a) 50, (b) 600 or 120 (120o is angle of deviation)
6. 0.21 m2
Topic 29 — Refraction
1. (a) 2.26 108 m s1 (b) 34.2 (c) 48.8
2. (a) 60.0 (b) 120
4. 12.7 mm
5. 2 , say 1.41.
6. 90.2 mm
7. (a) & (b) No restrictions from the laws of refraction; visibility is
determined by illumination.
Topic 30 — Images
1. (a) 0.500 m in front of mirror, 5.3 mm, real
(b) 0.600 m in front of mirror, 16 mm, real
(c) 1.00 m behind the mirror, 40 mm, virtual
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(d) 0.120 m behind the mirror, 4.8 mm, virtual
2. (a) 400 mm
3. (a) 0.364 m behind lens, 0.455, 9.09 mm, real, inverted
(b) 1.00 m in front of lens, 5.00, 0.100 m, virtual, upright
(c) 0.188 m in front of lens, 0.375, 7.5 mm, virtual, upright
4. (a) 2.0 (b) 0.50 m
5. (a) p1 = 1.18 m, p2 = 0.317 m; 5.36 mm, 74.6 mm
(b) p=0.218 m, 158 mm
6. (a) 360 mm to right of 1 (b) 240 mm to right of 2
(c) 2.0 (d) 2 inversions upright
7. (a) 20 mm (b) concave
8. (a) 0.60 m (b) 0.21 m (from 2 )
(c) 0.90, upright
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5. (a) 24 mm (b) 240 Hz
(c) 20 (d) x 1.2 102 sin 480 t (m)
6. (a) 120 m s1 (c) 200 Hz
(d) 5th harmonic (4th overtone)
(e) 0.60 m (f) 1.7 m
7. (a) (A) 0.60 m s1 up (B) 0.13 m s1 down (C) 0 m s1
(D) 0.40 m s1 down
(c) 7 s t 8s
Topic 35 — Sound I
2. (a) 27.8 dB (b) 17.3 m (c) 23.0 dB
3. 86.5 dB
4. 12
5. 64.1 dB
Topic 36 — Sound II
1. 336 m s1
2. 346 m s1
3. (a) 2.25 kHz (b) 3rd
(d) 4.50 kHz (e) 7th
4. 8:5
5. (a) 0.61 m (b) 12 (c) 9.7 (d) 11
6. (a) 7 (b) 1.20 m
7. (a) 0.80 m (b) 430 Hz
(c) (i) 2 m left (ii) zero (d) 86 Hz
Topic 37 — Interference I
1. (a) 2 , , 21 , 2 21 , 1 21 , 3 21 , 4
(b) (i) and (viii) (c) (ii)
2. 19 mm
3. (a) minimum (b) 17.5
4. (a) 541 (b) 87.4o
5. (a) 0.15o (b) red (c) violet
6. (a) 293 nm 880 nm (b) invisible: uv. ir
7. (a) 1500 m (b) along lines running
 due N  S along H (m=0)
 N30E  S30W (m=1)
 N30W  S30E (m=1)
 due E from Y (m=2) due W from X (m=2)
8. (a) 1.30 104 m (b) fringe spacing doubled
(c) 5.54 mm
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Topic 38 — Interference II
1. (a) 1.47 106 m (b) 5 (c) 1.98 m
2. 3.4 104 m
3. (a) 1.17 mm (b) 4.48 mm
4. (a) 6.00 × 102 nm (b) 3rd (c) 7 (d) 429 nm (e) 9
9. (a) 165 nm (b) 220 nm (c) 660 nm (d) 440 nm (Violet) and
566 nm (Green) only
10. 94.2nm
Topic 39 — Magnetism I
3. Horizontally to the left
4. (a) vertical (b) down
5. 1.27 10 T into the page
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Topic 40 — Magnetism II
1. 1.08 102 N
2. 8.3 103 T
3. 1.88 105 N east
4. (a) anticlockwise (b) 20.0 N m1 (c) 4.50 A
5. 7.2 104 N away from the loop
6. 313 mA opposite direction to current in 1 .
7. (a) vertically up (b) 0.10 m
8. (a) 1.57 102 T (b) 6.28 101 T
(c) 13.0 mm
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Topic 42 — Electromagnetic Induction
1. (b) 0.14 V
2. (a) (i) 1.50 V (A higher) (ii) zero
(iii) 1.50 V (D higher) (iv) zero
(b) 0.375 A (c) 0.563 W (e) 1.24 V, 0.485 V, 0.265 V, 0.485 V
3. (a) 9.22 V (b) zero (c) zero
4. 6.37 mT
5. 20.0 m s1
6. (a) 0.75 Ts1 (c) acw as viewed from above
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TOPIC REFERENCES REFERENCES IN
IN GIANCOLI COLLEGE PHYSICS
(OpenStax)
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TOPIC REFERENCES REFERENCES IN COLLEGE
IN GIANCOLI PHYSICS
(OpenStax)
FINAL EXAMINATION
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SOME MOMENTS OF INERTIA
2
I mR 2 (thin hollow)
3
Solid cylinder (disc) radius R about
an axis through centre and 1 2
perpendicular to circular cross mR
section 2
perpendicular axis through centre 1
m a 2 b2
12
b
pipe) about an axis through centre 1
m R1 R2
2 2
and perpendicular to circular cross
section inner and outer radii 2
R1and R2
PHYSICS DATA SHEET
QUANTITY SYMBOL VALUE
Speed of sound (dry air, 20oC, 101 kPa) vs 3.43 102 m s1
9.11 1031 kg
Electron rest mass me
or 0.000549 u
1.6726 1027 kg
Proton rest mass mp
or 1.007276 u
1.6749 1027 kg
Neutron rest mass mn
or 1.008665 u
1
Electric force constant 4 0 9.00 109 N m2 C2
0
Magnetic force constant 2 2 107 N A2
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