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# EXAM SOLUTIONS

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PART A MULTIPLE CHOICE

1 C 11 A 21 D
2 D 12 C 22 C
3 C 13 C 23 B
4 E 14 E 24 D
5 D 15 B 25 C
6 A 16 A 26 A
7 C 17 B 27 B
8 B 18 B 28 A
9 D 19 D 29 D
10 B 20 A 30 D

PART B
QUESTION B1.1
A 3.5 kg block is pushed along a horizontal floor by a force of magnitude 15 N at an angle
with the horizontal. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the floor is 0.25. Calculate
the magnitudes of
(a) The frictional force on the block from the floor and
(b) The blocks acceleration

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QUESTION B1.2

(a) The figure given above shows an approximate plot of force magnitude F versus time t during
the collision of a 58 gram ball with a wall. The initial velocity of the ball is 34 m/s perpendicular
to the wall; the ball rebounds directly back with approximately the same speed, also
perpendicular to the wall. What is F
max
, the maximum magnitude of the force on the ball from
the wall during the collision?

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b) In the figure below block 1 (mass 1.6 kg) slides into block 2 (mass 2.4 kg), along a frictionless
surface. The collision is elastic. The directions of three velocities before and after the collision are
indicated; the corresponding speeds are before collision u
1
=5.5 m/s, u
2
=2.5 m/s, and after the collision
v
2
=4.9 m/s. What is v
1
, the velocity of block 1 after the collision?

U
1
u
2

2
1

v V
2
1 2

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QUESTION B1.3

For the figure below, determine the location y
c
of the centroidal axis x
c
of the beam's cross-sectional
area. Neglect the size of the corner welds at A and B for the calculation.

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QUESTION B2.1

In the figure shown below a uniform beam, of length L and mass m =1.8 kg, is at rest on two scales. A
uniform block, with mass M =2.7 kg, is at rest on the beam, with its centre a distance L/4 from the beam's
left end. What do the scales read?

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QUESTION B2.2
The U-tube in the figure below contains two liquids in static equilibrium: Water of density

w
(=998 kg/m
3
) is in the right arm, and oil of unknown density
x
is in the left. Measurement gives l =
135 mm and d =12.3 mm. What is the density of the oil?

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QUESTION B2.3

In the figure shown below, a meter stick swings about a pivot point at one end, at distance h from the
stick's centre of mass.

(a) What is the period of oscillation?

(b) What is the distance L
0
between the pivot point O of the stick and the centre of oscillation of
the stick?

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