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Unformatted text preview: Physics 101 Classical Physics Spring 2010 Homework 7 Solutions DUE IN CLASS ON March 18 1. Scott and Tina are playing on a seesaw which is 4 m long and has a fulcrum in the middle. Tina is 30 kg and sits at one end, while Scott who is 40 kg sits so that they balance. Assume the seesaw by itself is uniform and balanced. How far from the end should Scott sit in order to achieve balance? (a) 1 m, (b) 0.5 m , (c) 3 m, (d) 1.5 m, (e) 0.75 m If the seesaw is balanced, there is zero angular acceleration, so the sum of the torques should be zero. With the origin at the pivot point, 0 = X ~ = m s r s- m t r t r s = m t m s r t = 30 kg 40 kg (2 m) = 1 . 5 m This is the distance from the pivot point, so Scott should sit 2 m-1.5 m=0.5 m from the end. 2. If the net torque acting upon a system is zero, which of the following is true? (a) The system can have no translational motion (b) The system can have no rotational motion (c) The system can have neither rotational or translational motion (d) The system may be rotating if and only if it is rotating at a constant speed about its center of gravity (e) The system may be rotating about any point if and only if it is rotating at a constant speed The system can have both translational and rotational motion with a net torque of zero, however, the rotational motion must be at a constant angular velocity about the center of mass. If the system were rotating about a point away from the center of mass, then the center of mass would be rotating. If the center of mass is rotating, there must be a net torque to provide the accleration. Therefore, if there is zero net torque the rotation at constant speed must be about the center of mass. 3. Imagine a sphere, a disk, and a hoop that all have the same mass and radius. If the three are raced down an incline plane, which of the following describes the order in which they reach the bottom, from first to last? (a) disk, sphere, hoop (b) sphere, disk, hoop (c) hoop, disk, sphere (d) hoop, sphere, disk (e) they all reach the bottom at the same time They will reach the bottom in order of increasing moment of inertia. Since the hoop has all of its mass at the radius, it will have the largest moment of inertia. The sphere has more of its mass close to the point of rotation relative to the disk, so the sphere will have the smallest moment of inertia. Therefore, the sphere finishes first followed by the disk followed by the hoop. 1 4. A uniform plank XY (where X and Y denote the ends of the plank) is supported by two equal upward 120-N forces at X and Y. The support at X is then moved towards Y to a point Z located a quarter of the planks length away from point X. The forces applied at Y and Z are now those needed to support the plank....
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