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# HW 7-solutions - morris(gmm643 HW 7 Coker(56625 This...

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morris (gmm643) – HW 7 – Coker – (56625) 1 This print-out should have 18 questions. Multiple-choice questions may continue on the next column or page – find all choices before answering. This assignment covers the general defini- tion of potential energy for a conservative force, general types of conservation of energy examples (with 2 or more forces doing work), potential energy diagrams, and the concept of binding energy. 001 10.0 points A synthetic rubber band resists being stretched a distance x from equilibrium with a force vector F b ( x ) = ˆ ı b x 2 , where b is a constant. What is the potential energy U b ( x ) associ- ated with this elastic band? 1. b x 3 3 2. 2 b x 3. + b x 2 2 4. + b x 3 3 correct 5. b x 2 2 6. +2 b x 7. zero Explanation: By definition Δ U = W . The work we would have to do against the force vector F b to stretch the band is integraldisplay b x 2 dx = b x 3 3 . 002 10.0 points In a certain region of space, a particle expe- riences a potential energy U ( x ) = A x 2 + B , where A and B are constants. What force F gives rise to this potential energy? 1. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x 2 parenrightbigg 2. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x 2 parenrightbigg 3. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x + B x parenrightbigg 4. There is no force, since the slope of the line is the constant B A . 5. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x + B x parenrightbigg 6. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x parenrightbigg 7. ˆ i parenleftbigg 2 A x 3 parenrightbigg correct 8. ˆ i parenleftbigg A x parenrightbigg 9. ˆ i parenleftbigg 2 A x 3 parenrightbigg Explanation: The force is F = d U dx ˆ i = ˆ i parenleftbigg 2 A x 3 parenrightbigg . 003 10.0 points A block of mass m 1 is attached to a horizon- tal spring of force constant k and to a spring of negligible mass. The string runs over a mass- less, frictionless pulley to a hanging block of mass m 2 . Initially, the entire system is at rest and the spring is unstretched.

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