Over the centuries, Terry Dactyl has pecked these questions into tree bark.
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1. Calculate the rate of rotation, in revolutions per minute, of a space station which is 120 m. in diameter, if
normal gravity (g = 9.8m/s) is maintained at the edge.
2. A solid cylinder of radius 5 cm and height 20 cm rests on its circular end 20 cm
from the center of a rotating disk. Calculate the rate of rotation of the disk,
in revolutions per minute, at the point where the cylinder falls over.
3. A rock group performing at Wembley Stadium is being broadcast. Explain with
the aid of approximate calculations how the audience listening at home hear the
sound momentarily before the live audience in the back row.
4. A pair of ions in a crystal of Lithium Fluoride attract each other with a
force depending on their separation. Sketch a graph showing the energy (y-axis) of such
a pair as a function of their separation (x-axis). Be careful about the minimum and
maximum separations. Mark the equilibrium point and explain its position.
Explain what might happen when the ions, motionless at their equilibrium point, have some energy
5. The sparking plug is a device in petrol-engined cars for igniting the
fuel-air mixture. A voltage sufficient to cause ionisation of the vapour
must be applied by an induction coil, whose primary winding is switched
(a) If the mixture ionises at 2.4 million volts per metre and the plug gap is
1.1 mm, what voltage must the coil generate?
(b) Estimate the turns ratio of the induction coil when a 12 volt car battery
6. Prove that the acceleration of a body moving at a constant speed v in
a circle radius r is v2/r. Show that this is dimensionally correct.
7. A pair of cylindrical electromagnets is placed end-to-end, with opposite poles
closest to produce a strong magnetic field in the cavity. The apparatus is
evacuated, then a beam of particles is fired into the cavity. Draw a sketch of
the apparatus, and show approximate trajectories when (i) electrons , (ii) protons
and (iii) neutrons are used as the particle beam.
8. Sketch length vs. tension graphs for the following materials, explaining
(v) a steel spring and a steel wire on the same graph
9. An inductance of 2.5 H. and negligible resistance is connected in series
with a 10 ohm resistor and a 5V. DC supply.
The circuit is completed at time t=0. Sketch a graph of the current as a function of time,
showing the scale on each axis carefully. You will need to calculate the rate of rise of
current at t=0.
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