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Topics covered: Dimensions, Vectors, Kinematics, Newton’s Laws and its applications
(excluding Uniform Circular Motion), Work and Energy, Properties of
matter (elasticity, surface tension, kinetic theory of gases), Fluid
Mechanics (pressure, Archimedes principle, Viscosity, Bernoulli’s
equation), thermal conduction.

General Rules:

 The question paper consists of 26 questions divided in to two parts. The first part
consists of short answer type questions from the entire syllabus and the second part
consists of long-answer type questions from selected topics.

 You have to attempt any 10 questions from section 1. (You can attempt all, in which
case the best 10 will be considered)

 All questions in section 2 are compulsory.

 Each answer should be well explained. Omission of important steps will lead to marks
deduction. Numerical type questions and derivations should be properly explained and
care should be taken to introduce each symbol and/or abbreviations/acronyms used.

 Neatness will be a major factor while checking, so you better be neat.

 Neatness and good handwriting aren’t exactly the same. A good handwriting often
increases neatness but if you have somehow developed a bad handwriting, you can still
be neat.

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Section 1 (Answer any 10)

1) If acceleration due to gravity g, the speed of light c, and pressure p are taken as the
fundamental quantities then find the dimensions of length.

2) A train is moving with velocity 3i + 4j relative to the ground. A bullet is fired in the train
with velocity 15i - 6j relative to the train. What is the bullets' velocity relative to the

3) If the velocity of a particle is zero, can its acceleration be nonzero? Explain.

4) A stone is thrown vertically upward from the roof of a building. Does the position of the
stone depend on the location chosen for the origin of the coordinate system? Does the
stone’s velocity depend on the choice of origin? Explain your answers.

5) Under what circumstances would a nonzero vector lying in the X-Y plane have
components that are equal in magnitude?

6) A baseball is thrown with an initial velocity of (10i + 15j) m/s. When it reaches the top of
its trajectory, what are (a) its velocity and (b) its acceleration? Neglect the effect of air

7) Suppose a truck loaded with sand accelerates along a highway. If the driving force on
the truck remains constant, what happens to the truck’s acceleration if its trailer leaks
sand at a constant rate through a hole in its bottom?

8) A book is given a brief push to make it slide up a rough incline. It comes to a stop and
slides back down to the starting point. Does it take the same time to go up as to come
down? If no, then which is faster? What if the incline is frictionless?

9) You are working in a library, re-shelving books. You lift a book from the floor to the top
shelf. The kinetic energy of the book on the floor was zero, and the kinetic energy of the
book on the top shelf is zero, so there is no change in kinetic energy. Yet you did some
work in lifting the book. Is the work–kinetic energy theorem violated?

10) Lead has a greater density than iron, and both are denser than water. Is the buoyant
force on a lead object greater than, less than, or equal to the buoyant force on an iron
object of the same volume?

11) A drop of fluid, under no external force, acquires a spherical shape. Why?

12) Which is more elastic, rubber or steel? Why?

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Section 2


i. Two towns A and B are connected by a regular bus service with a bus leaving in
either direction every T minutes. A man cycling with a speed of 20 km h–1 in the
direction A to B notices that a bus goes past him every 18 min in the direction of
his motion, and every 6.0 min in the opposite direction. What is the period T of
the bus service and with what speed (assumed constant) do the buses ply on the
road? [5]

ii. In a 100 m linear accelerator, an electron is accelerated to 1.00% of the speed of

light in 40.0 m before it coasts for 60.0 m to a target. (a) What is the electron’s
acceleration during the first 40.0 m? (b) How long does the total flight take? [3]

iii. A girl delivering newspapers covers her route by traveling 3.00 blocks west, 4.00
blocks north, and then 6.00 blocks east. (a) What is her resultant displacement?
(b) What is the total distance she travels? [2]


i. Inside a starship at rest on the earth, a ball rolls off the top of a horizontal table
and lands a distance D from the foot of the table. This starship now lands on the
unexplored planet X. The commander, Captain Curious, rolls the same off the
same table with the same initial speed as on earth and finds that it lands a
distance 2.76D from the foot of the table. What is the acceleration due to gravity
on planet X? [6]

ii. A block of mass 3.00 kg is pushed up against a wall by a force P that makes a
50.0° angle with the horizontal as shown in Figure Q.14.ii. The coefficient of
static friction between the block and the wall is 0.250. Determine the maximum
and minimum values for the magnitude of P that allow the block to remain
stationary. [4]


Fig Q.14.ii

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i. A bullet of mass 0.01 kg is fired horizontally into a 4.0 kg wooden block at rest on
a horizontal surface. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the block and the
surface is 0.25. The bullet remains embedded in the block and the combination
moves 20 m before coming to rest. With what speed did the bullet strike the
block? [3]

ii. A 20.0 kg cannon ball is fired from a cannon with muzzle speed of 1000 m/s at an
angle of 37.0° with the horizontal. A second ball is fired at an angle of 90.0°. Use
the conservation of energy principle to find (a) the maximum height reached by
each ball and (b) the total mechanical energy at the maximum height for each
ball. Let y = 0 at the cannon. [4]

iii. Calculate the loss of energy when 27 drops of water each of radius 0.6 mm
coalesce to form a single drop. [3]


i. A, B and C are three identical rods made of different materials and placed end to
end sideways. The thermal conductivity of A is twice that of B and four times
that of C. The free end of A is kept at 100°C and that of C is kept at 0°C. Find the
temperature of the AB junction and the BC junction. [4]

ii. Two ideal gases are at temperatures T1 and T2. If the number of molecules of
the two gases are n1 and n2 and the masses of the molecules m1 and m2, find
the resulting temperature when the two gases are mixed. Assume that there is
no loss of energy on mixing the two gases. [3]

iii. A flat plate is separated from a large plate by a layer of glycerine of thickness
3x10⁻³ m. If the coefficient of viscosity of glycerine is 2 Ns/m² what is the force
required to keep the p*late moving with a velocity of 6x10⁻² m/s. Area of the
plate is 4.8x10⁻³ m². [2]

iv. State Bernoulli’s theorem and explain the significance of it. [1]

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i. Derive the Bernoulli’s equation using conservation of energy. [4]

ii. Show that the pressure of an ideal gas is proportional to the number of
molecules per unit volume and to the average translational kinetic energy of the
molecules. [6]

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