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Assignment 3: Work and Energy

Due: 2:00am on Saturday, September 18, 2010

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Bungee Jumping
Kate, a bungee jumper, wants to jump off the edge of a bridge that spans a river below. Kate has a mass , and the surface of the bridge is a height above the water. The bungee cord, which has length when unstretched, will first straighten and then stretch as Kate falls. .

Assume the following: The bungee cord behaves as an ideal spring once it begins to stretch, with spring constant

Kate doesn't actually jump but simply steps off the edge of the bridge and falls straight downward. Kate's height is negligible compared to the length of the bungee cord. Hence, she can be treated as a point particle. Use for the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity.

Part A How far below the bridge will Kate eventually be hanging, once she stops oscillating and comes finally to rest? Assume that she doesn't touch the water. Hint A.1

Decide how to approach the problem Hint not displayed

Hint A.2

Compute the force due to the bungee cord Hint not displayed

Express the distance in terms of quantities given in the problem introduction.

ANSWER: =

Correct

Part B If Kate just touches the surface of the river on her first downward trip (i.e., before the first bounce), what is the spring constant ? Ignore all dissipative forces. Hint B.1

Hint B.2

Hint B.3

Find the elastic potential energy in the bungee cord

Hint B.3

Find the elastic potential energy in the bungee cord Hint not displayed

Express
ANSWER:

in terms of

, and

Correct

Dancing Balls
Four balls, each of mass system. , are connected by four identical relaxed springs with spring constant . The balls are simultaneously given equal initial speeds directed away from the center of symmetry of the

Part A As the balls reach their maximum displacement, their kinetic energy reaches __________. ANSWER:

a maximum zero neither a maximum nor zero Correct

Part B Use geometry to find , the distance each of the springs has stretched from its equilibrium position. (It

may help to draw the initial and the final states of the system.)

ANSWER: =

, the maximum displacement of each ball from its initial

Correct

Correct

Part C Find the maximum displacement Hint C.1 of any one of the balls from its initial position.

Express
ANSWER:

, and

Correct

If You Don't Want to Walk to the Kitchen...

As depicted in the applet, Albertine finds herself in a very odd contraption. She sits in a reclining chair, in front of a large, compressed spring. The spring is compressed 5.00 from its equilibrium position, and a glass sits 19.8 Part A For what value of the spring constant does Albertine just reach the glass without knocking it over? from her outstretched foot.

Express your answer in newtons per meter.

ANSWER: = 95.0 Correct

Part B Assuming that Albertine's mass is 60.0 chair and the waxed floor? Use Assume that the value of = 9.80 , what is , the coefficient of kinetic friction between the

for the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity.

found in Part A has three significant figures. has three significant figures, it would be impossible to get three .

Note that if you did not assume that significant figures for

, since the length scale along the bottom of the applet does not allow you to

Hint B.2

Hint B.3

Express your answer to three significant figures.

ANSWER: = 0.102 Correct

Part C The principle of conservation of energy states that energy is neither created nor destroyed. Which of the following describes the transformation of energy in this problem? ANSWER:

Conservation of energy does not apply to problems involving nonconservative forces. Thus, the potential energy slowly disappears during Albertine's trip. The potential energy was turned into Albertine's kinetic energy, which was then converted into internal (thermal) energy. The potential energy was turned into Albertine's kinetic energy, which is now stored in the floor as frictional potential energy. The potential energy was turned into elastic frictional energy, creating the frictional force. Correct

This applet shows how the energy transforms throughout Albertine's journey. Notice that her kinetic energy is never equal to her initial potential energy, because friction is acting even as the spring expands. Try changing the spring constant and observe how the transformation of energy is affected.

Loop the Loop

A roller coaster car may be approximated by a block of mass . The car, which starts from rest, is released at a height above the ground and slides along a frictionless track. The car encounters a loop of radius , as shown. Assume that the initial height is great enough

so that the car never loses contact with the track.

Part A Find an expression for the kinetic energy of the car at the top of the loop.

Hint A.1

Find the potential energy at the top of the loop Hint not displayed

Express the kinetic energy in terms of

ANSWER:

, and

Correct

Part B Find the minimum initial height at which the car can be released that still allows the car to stay in

contact with the track at the top of the loop. Hint B.1

Hint B.2

Hint B.3

Hint B.4

Express the minimum height in terms of

ANSWER:

Correct
For the car will still complete the loop, though it will require some normal reaction

even at the very top. For the car will just oscillate. Do you see this? For , the cart will lose contact with the track at some earlier point. That is why

roller coasters must have a lot of safety features. If you like, you can check that the angle at which the cart loses contact with the track is given by .

Work Raising an Elevator

Look at this applet. It shows an elevator with a small initial upward velocity being raised by a cable. The tension in the cable is constant. The energy bar graphs are marked in intervals of 600 . Part A

Hint A.2

Express your answer in kilograms to two significant figures.

ANSWER: = 60 Correct

Part B Find the magnitude of the tension accurate to two significant figures. Hint B.1 in the cable. Be certain that the method you are using will be

Hint B.2

Express your answer in newtons to two significant figures.

ANSWER: = 480 Correct

Power Dissipation Puts a Drag on Racing

The dominant form of drag experienced by vehicles (bikes, cars, planes, etc.) at operating speeds is called form drag. It increases quadratically with velocity (essentially because the amount of air you run into increases with and so does the amount of force you must exert on each small volume of air). Thus , where Part A Consider a vehicle moving with constant velocity Hint A.1 . Find the power dissipated by form drag. is the cross-sectional area of the vehicle and is called the coefficient of drag.

Express your answer in terms of

, and speed

ANSWER:

Correct

Part B A certain car has an engine that provides a maximum power the car, power ( The car engine is now modified, so that the new power . . Suppose that the maximum speed of

, is limited by a drag force proportional to the square of the speed (as in the previous part). is 10 percent greater than the original

Assume the following: The top speed is limited by air drag. The magnitude of the force of air drag at these speeds is proportional to the square of the speed. By what percentage, , is the top speed of the car increased? Hint B.1

Find the relationship between speed and power Hint not displayed

Hint B.2

How is the algebra done? Hint not displayed

Express the percent increase in top speed numerically to two significant figures.
ANSWER: = 3.2 % Correct

You'll note that your answer is very close to one-third of the percentage by which the power was increased. This dependence of small changes on each other, when the quantities are related by proportionalities of exponents, is common in physics and often makes a useful shortcut for estimations.

Pulling a Block on an Incline with Friction

A block of weight sits on an inclined plane as shown. A force of magnitude is applied to pull the block up the incline at constant speed. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the plane and the block is .

Part A What is the total work up the incline? Hint A.1 done on the block by the force of friction as the block moves a distance

Hint A.2

Find the magnitude of the friction force Hint not displayed

Express the work done by friction in terms of any or all of the variables
ANSWER:

, and

Correct

Part B What is the total work up the incline? done on the block by the applied force as the block moves a distance

Express your answer in terms of any or all of the variables

ANSWER:

, and

Correct

Now the applied force is changed so that instead of pulling the block up the incline, the force pulls the block down the incline at a constant speed.

Part C What is the total work down the incline? done on the block by the force of friction as the block moves a distance

Express your answer in terms of any or all of the variables

, and

ANSWER:

Correct

Part D What is the total work done on the box by the appled force in this case?

Express your answer in terms of any or all of the variables

ANSWER:

, and

Correct

Dragging a Board
A uniform board of length is and mass lies near a boundary that separates two regions. In region 1, , and in region 2, the coefficient the coefficient of kinetic friction between the board and the surface is . The positive direction is shown in the figure.

Part A Find the net work done by friction in pulling the board directly from region 1 to region 2. Assume

Hint A.2

Hint A.3

Hint A.4

Hint A.4

Express the net work in terms of

ANSWER: =

, and

Correct
This answer makes sense because it is as if the board spent half its time in region 1, and half in region 2, which on average, it in fact did. Part B What is the total work done by the external force in pulling the board from region 1 to region 2? (Again, assume that the board moves at constant velocity.) Hint B.1

Express your answer in terms of

ANSWER: =

, and

Correct

Circling Ball
A ball of mass is attached to a string of length . It is being swung in a vertical circle with enough speed so that the string remains taut throughout the ball's motion. Assume that the ball travels freely in this vertical circle with negligible loss of total mechanical energy. At the top and bottom of the vertical circle, the ball's speeds are and , and the corresponding tensions in the string are and . and have magnitudes and .

Part A Find , the difference between the magnitude of the tension in the string at the bottom relative

How to approach this problem Hint not displayed

Hint A.2

Find the sum of forces at the bottom of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.3

Find the acceleration at the bottom of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.4

Find the tension at the bottom of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.5

Find the sum of forces at the top of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.6

Find the acceleration at the top of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.7

Find the tension at the top of the circle Hint not displayed

Hint A.8

Find the relationship between

and

Hint not displayed Express the difference in tension in terms of appear in your final answer.
ANSWER: =

and

. The quantities

and

should not

Correct
The method outlined in the hints is really the only practical way to do this problem. If done properly, finding the difference between the tensions, , can be accomplished fairly simply and elegantly.

Drag on a Skydiver
A skydiver of mass velocity of magnitude Part A What is the work Hint A.1 done on the skydiver, over the distance , by the drag force of the air? jumps from a hot air balloon and falls a distance before reaching a terminal . Assume that the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity is .

Hint A.1

Hint A.2

Hint A.3

ANSWER: =

, and the magnitude of the acceleration due to gravity .

Correct

Part B Find the power Hint B.1 supplied by the drag force after the skydiver has reached terminal velocity .

Hint B.2

Magnitude of the drag force Hint not displayed

Hint B.3

Relative direction of the drag force and velocity Hint not displayed

ANSWER: =

Correct

Shooting a ball into a box

Two children are trying to shoot a marble of mass above the top of the box (the height of which is negligibly small), and the center of the box is a distance from the edge of the table. The spring has a spring constant . The first child and finds into a small box using a spring-loaded gun that is fixed on a table and shoots horizontally from the edge of the table. The edge of the table is a height

that the marble falls short of its target by a . horizontal distance

Part A By what distance, , should the second child compress the spring so that the marble lands in the middle of the box? (Assume that height of the box is negligible, so that there is no chance that the marble will hit the side of the box before it lands in the bottom.) Hint A.1

General method for finding

and

For this part of the problem, you don't need to consider the first child's toss. (The quantities the marble, and solve for its range, , in terms of , , , and .

should not appear in your answer.) Consider the energy conservation and kinematic relations for

Hint A.2

Initial speed of the marble

, of the second marble.

Express your answer in terms of

ANSWER: =

, and

Correct

Hint A.3

Time for the marble to hit the ground Hint not displayed

Hint A.4

Express the distance in terms of

ANSWER: =

, and

Correct

Part B Now imagine that the second child does not know the mass of the marble, the height of the table above the floor, or the spring constant. Find an expression for that depends only on and distance measurements. Hint B.1

Hint not displayed Express

ANSWER: =

in terms of

, and

Correct

Score Summary:
Your score on this assignment is 96.9%. You received 38.74 out of a possible total of 40 points.