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Section 1 ___________ Section 2 ___________ Section 3 ___________ Section 4 ___________ Physics 126 Total ____________ Exam #1 Gary Morris and Gordon Mutchler
Chapters 19 – 21
Tuesday, February 12, 2002 Do not open this exam until you are instructed to do so. Carefully read all the
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1) A uniform electric field of 2000 N/C points in the +x-direction. A point charge Q = +3e, held
initially at rest at the origin, is released. Determine the magnitude of the potential difference through
which the charge passes as it moves from x = 0 to x = 4.0 m?
e) 48 mJ
8000 V 2) A copper wire of cross-sectional area 2 × 10-6 m2 carries a current of 20 A. How much charge passes
through the end of the wire in 5 minutes?
Impossible to determine from the information given. 3) The ratio of the electrostatic potential at point A due to charge +Q in the left picture below to the
electrostatic potential at point B due to charge +Q in the right picture below is
4:1 “Medicine is the only profession that labors the body treats
“The human mind treats a new idea the same way incessantly to a
destroy the reason for its existence.” – Bryce
strange protein; it rejects it.” – P. B. Medawar 4) A charge of q = +6.0 nC sits at the origin (x = 0, y = 0). What is the ratio of the y-component of the
electric field to the x-component of the electric field (that is, Ey / Ex) at the point (x = 0.4 m, y = 0.3 m)?
1.78 5) A spherical conducting shell of radius R is alone in the universe and has a charge q distributed
uniformly on its surface. The electrical potential difference between a point on its surface and a point
located r = R / 2 from its center is
b) kq / R
c) 2kq / R
d) kq 2 / R
e) 2kq / R 2 6) Three capacitors, each of identical capacitance C, are combined in a variety of ways using copper
wires. What is the minimum value of the effective capacitance that can be found in a combination that
uses all three capacitors?
3C/2 7) A capacitor is first charged by connecting it, by means of wires and a switch, to a battery with a
potential difference between its terminals of 120 V. After the capacitor is fully charged, the switch is
opened. A second metal wire is now inserted between the charged plates to connect the surfaces of the
two plates. What happens?
e) The positive and negative plates are reversed.
The electric field between the plates is reversed.
The electrostatic potential energy of the system is increased.
The electrostatic potential difference between the plates becomes zero.
None of the above. “Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.”
“It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half rude.” – Douglas
– Author Unknown 8) An ammeter A is connected between points a and b as shown. All
four resistors in this circuit are identical. The current through the
–I 9) Three pithballs are suspended from threads. Up to 3 of the pithballs are then charged by contact with
other charged objects. It is found that pithballs 1 and 2 attract each other and that pithballs 2 and 3 repel
each other. From this we can conclude with certainty that
j) pithballs 1 and 3 carry charges of opposite sign.
pithballs 1 and 3 carry charges of the same sign.
all three pithballs carry charges of the same sign.
one of the pithballs carries no charge.
we need more data to reach a conclusion with certainty. 10) A charge +Q is located at the geometrical center of a tetrahedron, as pictured below. Each edge of
the tetrahedron has length a. What is the total electric flux through the surface of the tetrahedron?
b) Q / ε 0
3a 2ε 0
2a 3ε 0
e) None of the above. Q “We know the truth not only by reason, but also by the heart.”
“Medicine is the only profession that labors incessantly to
destroy the – Blaise Pascal, Thoughts – Bryce
reason for its existence.” Section 2
A uniform external electric field of E = −E0 ˆ is created in
the region near the origin of our coordinate system by distant
charges. A positive charge of +q is then held in place by a
non-electric force at the origin, as shown at right. a) [ 9 points ] Compute the total electric field at point A
(x = a, y = 0).
b) [ 14 points ] Compute the potential difference between point B
(x = 0, y = –2a) and point A (x = a, y = 0), i.e., (VB – VA).
In the presence of the same external field and while the
positive charge is held in place by the non-electric force at the
origin, a negative charge of –q is now held in place at point A
(x = a, y = 0) by a second non-electric force.
c) [ 9 points ] Draw a free-body diagram for the negative
charge. Identify all forces. Identify the 3rd Law Pair
forces of all the forces in your free-body diagram.
d) [ 10 points ] Determine the non-electric force on the
negative charge required to hold the negative charge at
point A (x = a, y = 0).
The negative charge is now moved from its initial position at
point A (x = a, y = 0) to point B (x = 0, y = –2a). NOT TO SCALE
y a +q + A x 2a B
y a +q + – –q
A x 2a B
y a +q + e) [ 8 points] Compute the amount of work done by an
external force in moving the negative charge from point A
(where it begins at rest) to point B (where it ends at rest). A x 2a B – –q “We can’t all be heroes because somebody has to sit on the curb
“It seldom pays to be rude. It never pays to be only half rude.” – Douglas
and clap as they go by.” – Will Rogers Section 3
b A solid, insulating sphere of radius a has a total charge Q distributed
uniformly throughout its volume. Concentric with this sphere is a
conducting spherical shell whose inner and outer radii are b and c,
respectively, as shown, and whose net charge is zero. a c a) [ 5 points ] Determine an expression for the volume charge density in the inner sphere of radius a.
b) [ 5 points ] Determine an expression for the surface charge density on the inner surface
of the conducting spherical shell (i.e., at r = b ).
c) [ 25 points ] Determine an expression for the radial component of the electric field as a function
of r (the distance from the center of the insulating sphere of radius a) in each of the following
regions: r < a, a < r < b, b < r < c, and c < r. Then sketch a graph of the radial component of
the electric field for 0 < r < ∞ . Be sure to label points r = a, r = b, and r = c on your graph and
label both axes clearly.
d) [ 15 points ] Determine an expression for the electrostatic potential as a function of r (the
distance from the center of the insulating sphere of radius a) in each of the following regions:
c < r and b < r < c. Then sketch a graph of the electrostatic potential for b < r < ∞ . Be sure to
label points r = b, and r = c on your graph and label both axes clearly. Use V = 0 for r = ∞ . ““Tell me what you eat, and I will tell labors incessantly to
Medicine is the only profession that you what you are.”
destroy the reason forPhysiology of Taste
– Brillat-Savarin, its existence.” – Bryce 25.0 V Section 4
For the circuit pictured at right, calculate the
a) [ 21 points ] The current through the battery.
b) [ 7 points ] The power supplied by the battery.
c) [ 7 points ] The potential difference
between points A and B (VB – VA).
d) [ 7 points ] The current through the
7.5 Ω resistor.
e) [ 8 points ] The current through the
10.0 Ω resistor. – + 5.0 Ω 10.0 Ω
15.0 Ω “Try not. Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
“It seldom pays to be rude. Yoda, Return to be only half rude.” – Douglas
– It never pays of the Jedi 22.5 Ω Useful Formulas and Constants
k = 8.99 ×10
a single charge:
= 8.85 ×10−12
Nm 2 1 e = 1.6 × 10−19 C 9 1 eV = 16 × 10−19 J
. ω=2πf τ = Iα F = ma 1 amu = 167 × 10−27 kg
. dW = F ⋅ dx = Fdx cos θ e = 2.718… the exponential function W = -∆U 1 kW hr = 3.6 × 106 J P = dW/dt µ 0 = 4π × 10−7 Tm / A .
mass of proton = 167 × 10−27 kg x +y
2 mass of electron = 9.1 × 10−31 kg
sin θ = 2 y cosθ = θ
x + y2
x + y2
2 The surface area of a sphere of radius r is 4πr2.
The volume of a sphere of radius r if 4πr3/3.
The surface area of the sides of a cylinder of length L and radius r is 2πrL.
The surface area of a circle of radius r is πr2.
The volume of a cylinder of length L and radius r is πr2L.
The surface area of a tetrahedron with sides of length L is 3L2 .
The volume of a tetrahedron with sides of length L is 23
12 “Medicine is the only profession that labors incessantly to
destroy the reason for its existence.” – Bryce ...
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