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Physics 10 Final Exam Physics for future Presidents December 16, 2004 Last name___________________ First name____________________SID___________ Choose one essay question from list A and one from B. Circle the ones you chose. Each essay is worth 20 points. A1. Explain the physics of artificial earth satellites . Describe what you think a future president should know. Questions you should address, among others, are: Why don’t such satellites fall to Earth? What orbits are used, and for which satellites? Why did the Columbia Space Shuttle burn? OR A2. . Waves come in many forms. Describe the different kinds of waves we have studied in this course, and their properties. What do they have in common? In what ways are they different from each other? Don’t forget quantum mechanics. B1. 65 million years ago, an asteroid hit the Earth , creating a huge explosion. Explain this event as if talking to an interested person. You should include relevant information and physics, including (but not limited to) such issues as: Why did it explode? What is an explosion is and why this one had so much energy. Did the orbit of the Earth change? OR B2. Most people think quantum mechanics is a theory that is used in advanced physics laboratories, and they don’t realize that it plays important roles in everyday life. Describe the key features of quantum mechanics that make it different from “ordinary” mechanics. Give examples showing how these features are used in important applications.
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Physics 10 Final exam – Short Questions December 16, 2004 Last name____________________ First name____________________SID______________ C. Short questions (1 point each, 40 points total). Read the questions carefully so that you don’t misinterpret them (e.g. by missing a word such as “not”).
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