PHYS1413 Physics in a NutshellProblem set 1Due Date: 5:00 p.m., March 10, 2008
Answer all questions in this problem set.Please take
= 9.8 m/s
in all numerical problems except Q17 and Q18.
1. A ship
is steaming on a straight course south-east at a uniform speed of 15 km/h. Another ship
, is adistance of 10 km due north of
and steams at a speed of 12 km/h. Find the course that
must steer inorder to get as close to
as possible, and their minimum distance apart.2.
A projectile is fired with speed
3 / 4
from the top of a cliff of height
, and strikes the sea at ahorizontal distance 2
from the gun. Find the two possible angles of elevation of the gun.3.
A wedge of mass
lies on a smooth horizontal plane and a particle of mass
is in contact with asmooth inclined face of the wedge. The inclination of this face to the horizontal is 30
. The system isreleased from rest with the particle at a vertical height
above the horizontal plane. Find(a) the acceleration of the wedge,(b)
the time taken by the particle to reach the horizontal plane.4.
With what force
must a man pull on a rope in order to support the platform on which he stands, if theweight of the man is
and that of the platform is
? What is the maximum weight of platform thatthe man can support? Assume that all pulleys are massless and frictionless.