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# [MECHANICS]

1. The mass moment of inertia of a cylinder about its central axis perpendicular to a circular cross
section is.
A.
B.
C.
D.

## Directly proportional to its radius

Independent of its radius
Directly proportional to its length
Independent of its length

2. The moment of inertia of any plane figure can be expressed in units of its length to the
A.
B.
C.
D.

First Power
Second Power
Third Power
Fourth Power

3. The vector which represents the sum of a group of force vectors is called the
A.
B.
C.
D.

Magnitude
Resultant
Sum
Force Polygon

4. A large coil spring is elongated, within its elastic range, by one foot. Stored energy in footpounds is nearest to: (k=10 lb/in)
A.
B.
C.
D.

10
40
60
80

5. An object is placed 3 feet from the center of a horizontally rotating platform. The coefficient of
friction is 0.30. The object will begin to slide off when the platform speed is nearest to:
A.
B.
C.
D.

12 rpm
17rpm
22 rpm
26 rpm

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6. Two barges, one weighing 10 tons, the other weighing 20 tons are connected by a cable in quiet
water. Initially the barges are at rest 100 feet apart. The cable is reeled in until the barges are
50 feet apart. If the friction is negligible, calculate the distance moved by the 10 ton barge.
A.
B.
C.
D.

16.7 feet
33.3 feet
22.4 feet
42.5 feet

7. A 10-ton space craft orbits the earth at a mean altitude of 200 miles with a mean tangential
velocity of 17,000 mph. At what velocity will the craft orbit the moon at the same elevation
above the surface?
Diameter of the earth = 8,000 miles
Diameter of the moon = 2,000 miles
Mass of the earth = 5.4 x 1021 tons
Mass of the moon = 1/81 that of the earth
A.
B.
C.
D.

3530 mph
4688 mph
2526 mph
5218 mph

8. A projectile weighing 100 pounds strikes the concrete wall of a fort with an impact velocity of
1,200 feet per second. The projectile comes to rest in 0.01 second, having penetrated the 8-foot
thick wall to a distance of 6 feet. What is the average force exerted on the wall by the
projectile?
A.
B.
C.
D.

3.73 x 103
3.73 x 105
3.85 x 104
3.85 x 106

9. A 10 inch diameter pulley is belt driven with a net torque of 250 ft-lbs. The ratio of tensions in
the tight to slack sides of the belt is 4 to 1. What is the maximum tension in the belt?
A.
B.
C.
D.

250 lbs
82 lbs
800 lbs
500 lbs

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10. Two 3-lb weights are connected by a string hanging over a smooth, frictionless peg. If a third
weight of 3 lbs is added to one of the weights and the system is released, by how much is the
force on the peg increased?
A.
B.
C.
D.

4 lbs
8 lbs
2 lbs
8 lbs

11. A balloon is rising vertically at the rate of 55 feet per second. When the balloon is 1000 feet
above the surface of the earth and bullet is fired from it downward at a 30 degrees angle with
the velocity of the bullet as it strikes the earth. Neglect air friction.
A.
B.
C.
D.

933 ft/sec
533 ft/sec
1036 ft/sec
835 ft/sec

12. If the radius of the earth is approximately 4 times the radius of the moon, and if the mass of the
moon is 1/82 of that of the earth, calculate the weight of a pound-mass on the surface of the
moon.
A.
B.
C.
D.

0.287 lbf
0.095 lbf
0.386 lbf
0.195 lbf

13. A flywheel weighing 4,480 lbs has a radius of gyration of 3 feet. If there is a driving torque of
600 lb-ft and a resisting torque of 250 lb-ft, find the time required to increase its speed from 20
to 80 revolutions per minute.
A.
B.
C.
D.

34.5 seconds
16.5 seconds
18.5 seconds
22.5 seconds

14. A pendulum with a concentrated mass is suspended vertically inside a stationary railroad freight
car by means of a rigid weightless connecting rod. If the connecting rod is pivoted where it
attaches to the box car, compute the angle that the rod makes with the vertical as a result of a
constant horizontal acceleration of 2 feet/sec2 of the box car.

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A.
B.
C.
D.

4.56 degrees
3.55 degrees
2.44 degrees
2.24 degrees

15. A heavy brass plumb-bob suspended from a 38-inch cord was observed to have a natural period
of oscillation of about 2 seconds if pulled 24 inches to one side and then allowed to swing freely.
If an astronaut was to repeat this experiment on the moon where the gravitational attraction is
approximately 1/6th that of the earth, the observed period would be:
A.
B.
C.
D.

0.32 sec
0.82 sec
4.90 sec
12.00 sec

16. Every 6 hr a small satellite orbits the earth, the apogee is triple the perigee. Assume plane
motion and has no effect of the other heavenly bodies. The radius of the earth is approximately
20.91 x 106 ft, let g=32.17 fps2 and remain constant. For the satellite find its maximum altitude.
A.
B.
C.
D.

1360 mi
1249 mi
1585 mi
1456 mi

17. Every 6 hrs a small satellite orbits the earth, the apogee is triple the perigee. Assume plane
motion and has no effect of the other heavenly bodies. The radius of the earth is approximately
20.91 x 106 ft; let g=32.17 fps2 and remain constant. For the satellite find its maximum velocity.
A.
B.
C.
D.

3650 mph
8400 mph
6300 mph
5400 mph

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