Problem Set 1
Physics 2216 : Due Thursday, 01/31/2013
1. In this problem, we will investigate the Michelson-Morley experiment in a bit more
depth. Our apparatus is as shown below, two mirrors at 90 to one another, one
mirror axis along the direction of mo
CS1112/CIS1121 Fall 2011
Prelim 1
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Problem Set 9
Physics 2216 : Due 10 AM Thursday, 02/28/2013 in the HW box
Final Exam : Rockefeller 102 on Tuesday, March 5 at 8:00 AM.
1. The Higgs boson is an elementary particle which could help to explain the origin
of mass, which was discovered this s
Problem Set 8
Physics 2216 : Due Tuesday, 02/26/2013
1. A one kilowatt laser sitting on the ground, and is focused from below onto a highly
polished mirror. What is the maximum mass, Mmax , of the mirror that can be
levitated by the laser?
2. In an explos
Problem Set 7
Physics 2216 : Due Thursday, 02/21/2013
1. Show that the relativistic form for momentum reduces to the Newtonian form at slow
speeds of both the particle and the moving frame, S (i.e both v
c and u
c).
Hint : Use a Taylor series expansion an
Problem Set 6
Physics 2216 : Due Tuesday, 02/19/2013
1. Consider Superman and the Flash moving in the lab frame. They both start at the
origin, and Superman moves with a speed u and the Flash moves with a speed v .
They both move in straight lines, with a
Problem Set 5
Physics 2216 : Due Valentines Day, 02/14/2013
1. Here is the pole-vaulter paradox. A pole-vaulter and a farmer have the following bet:
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the pole-vaulter has a pole of length L0 , and the farmer has a barn 4 L0 long. The
farmer bets that he
Problem Set 4
Physics 2216 : Due Tuesday, 02/12/2013
1. Captain Picard sees two Klingon Birds of Prey traveling in opposite directions, one
at +0.99c and the other at 0.99c. What is the speed of one of the Birds of Prey, as
viewed by the other Bird of Pre
Problem Set 3
Physics 2216 : Due Thursday, 02/07/2013
1. Today we learnt about the Lorentz transformations in class - it turns out that it is
fairly straightforward to derive the Lorentz transformations with a bit of eort and
some wisely selected examples
Problem Set 2
Physics 2216 : Due Tuesday, 02/05/2013
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1. Here we will develop a feeling for how the relativistic factor, = (1 2 ) 2 , varies
as a function of speed, particularly at low velocities ( = v ).
c
a) Perform a Taylor series expansion for in pow
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Physics 2214 Assignment 3
Concepts:
traveling waves
harmonic traveling waves
waves on a string
sound waves
Reading: Y&F, Vol. 1, Chapters 15 and 16
Assignment: Due at the beginning of section on Wed., Sept. 21 or Thurs.