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Unformatted text preview: PHY 251 Fall 2009: Exam 1 (Thursday, October 1). 1. While staring out the window, you are somewhat astonished to see a spear go flying past, and you snap a photograph. From your photo you see that it is 2 meter long and tilted up at an angle of 25 from the x direction, and it goes flying past at v x = 1 . 5 10 8 m/sec and v y = 0 . What is length, and tilt angle, of the spear in its own inertial reference frame? Answer: Because of relative motion in the x direction, we see a contracted version of the spears length. Theres no motion in the y direction, so we see the true length in that direc- tion. That is, we see x = x / and y = y and from that we can say r = x 2 + y 2 and tan( ) = y /x . Note that = 1 / radicalBig 1 2 = 1 / radicalBigg 1 ( 1 . 5 10 8 3 10 8 ) 2 = 1 / radicalBigg 1 ( 1 2 ) 2 = 1 / radicalBig 3 / 4 = 2 / 3 = 1 . 155 . We can relate these to dimensions in the spears frame of reference as follows: r = radicalBig x 2 + y 2 = radicalBig x 2 2 +...
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This note was uploaded on 05/28/2011 for the course PHY 251 taught by Professor Rijssenbeek during the Fall '01 term at SUNY Stony Brook.
- Fall '01