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Unformatted text preview: Problem Set III Solutions 1. The block is at rest which means that F x = F y = 0. From Figure 1, it is clear that F x = ma x = 0 = T 1 cos a = T 2 cos b (1) F y = ma y = 0 = T 1 sin a + T 2 sin b = mg. (2) Solving Equation 1 for T 2 and then plugging back into Equation 2 to solve for T 1 , T 2 = T 1 cos a cos b T 1 sin a + cos a cos b sin b = mg = T 1 = mg sin a + cos a tan b . Plugging in numbers: T 1 = (10 kg )(9 . 8 m/s 2 ) 1 2 + 3 2 3 = 49 N T 2 = T 1 3 2 ! 2 = 49 3 N = 85 N 2. (i) For the case where there is no friction between the block and the table, the force on the two block combi nation is F = ( M + m ) a = kA = a = kA M + m . Assuming the block of mass m does not slip, both blocks accelerate at the same rate. The force that is accelerating the smaller block is the force due to friction. Intuitively, if there were no friction between the blocks, the smaller mass would stay at the stretched position and not be pulled back by the spring when the mass M was released. (It would then, of course, fall to the ground.) Therefore, in this case, friction must act in the direction of the motion in order to keep the smaller block on top of the larger block. ma = F f mg . Since we want to know the maximum distance the block can be pulled, we want the maximum value for the friction. Using the value for acceleration that we found above, ma = m kA m + M mg A max = g ( m + M ) k FIG. 1: Problem 1. FIG. 2: Problem 4 2 (ii) When you add friction between the block and the table, the initial equation for the acceleration changes to F = ( M + m ) a = kA + ( m + M ) g = a = kA + ( m + M ) g M + m . Now the force you need to keep the little block from slipping is ma = m M + m ( kA ( m + M ) g ) mg A max = ( M + m ) g ( + ) k 3. The average force is the change in energy divided by the change in distance. Assuming the seat belt keeps the passenger safely in the seat, F = ( E ) ( x ) = 1 x f x 1 2 mv 2 f 1 2 mv 2 = 1 . 94 m 1 2 (75 kg )(70 km/h ) 2 = 1 . 94 m 1 2 (75 kg ) 70 km h 1000 m 1 km 1 h 3600 s 2 = 15 kN 4. There are two forces acting on the mass, the force due to gravity and the force from the spring (see Figure 2). Writing down the forces on the mass, F = ma = kx mg = x = m ( a + g ) k . The x I just solved for is the distance the spring stretches due to gravity and the acceleration of the elevator, but does not include its unstretched length. Therefore, the total length of the spring is given by X = 80 cm + m ( a + g ) k . (3) (a) Plugging into Equation 3 X = 80 cm + (7 . 2 kg )(0 . 95 + 9 . 8)( m/s 2 ) 150 N/m = 132 cm (b) In this case, a=0, so X = 80 cm + (7 . 2 kg )(9 . 8 m/s 2 ) 150 N/m = 127 cm (c) We need to calculate the acceleration and plug it into Equation 3....
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 Fall '08
 RAMAMURTISHANKAR
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