# N6993 83019/R6677 3/3/3/3/3/36, 100

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6679
Edexcel GCE
Mechanics M3
(New Syllabus)
Thursday 7 June 2001  Afternoon
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
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Graph Paper (ASG2)
Mathematical Formulae (Lilac)
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48G
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centre number, candidate number, the unit title (Mechanics M3), the paper reference (6679),
your surname, other name and signature.
Whenever a numerical value of g is required, take g = 9.8 m s
÷2
.
When a calculator is used, the answer should be given to an appropriate degree of accuracy.
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Full marks may be obtained for answers to ALL questions.
This paper has seven questions.
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You must show sufficient working to make your methods clear to the Examiner. Answers
without working may gain no credit.
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1. A particle P moves along the x-axis in the positive direction. At time t seconds,
the velocity of P is v m s
÷1
and its acceleration is
t
6
1
-
2
1
e m s
÷2
. When t = 0 the
speed of P is 10 m s
÷1
.
(a) Express v in terms of t.
(4)
(b) Find, to 3 significant figures, the speed of P when t = 3.
(2)
(c) Find the limiting value of v.
(1)

2. Figure 1
A
u m s
÷1
0.2 m

A smooth solid hemisphere, of radius 0.8 m and centre O, is fixed with its plane
face on a horizontal table. A particle of mass 0.5 kg is projected horizontally with
speed u m s
÷1
from the highest point A of the hemisphere. The particle leaves the
hemisphere at the point B, which is a vertical distance of 0.2 m below the level
of A. The speed of the particle at B is v m s
÷1
and the angle between OA and OB
is  , as shown in Fig. 1.
(a) Find the value of cos .
(1)
(b) Show that v
2
= 5.88.
(3)
(c) Find the value of u.
(3)
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3. Figure 2

B
A
A light horizontal spring, of natural length 0.25 m and modulus of elasticity 52 N,
is fastened at one end to a point A. The other end of the spring is fastened to a
small wooden block B of mass 1.5 kg which is on a horizontal table, as shown in
Fig. 2. The block is modelled as a particle.
The table is initially assumed to be smooth. The block is released from rest when
it is a distance 0.3 m from A. By using the principle of the conservation of
energy,
(a) find, to 3 significant figures, the speed of B when it is a distance 0.25 m
from A.
(5)
It is now assumed that the table is rough and the coefficient of friction between B
and the table is 0.6.
(b) Find, to 3 significant figures, the minimum distance from A at which B can
rest in equilibrium.
(5)
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4. A projectile P is fired vertically upwards from a point on the earth’s surface.
When P is at a distance x from the centre of the earth its speed is v. Its
acceleration is directed towards the centre of the earth and has magnitude
2
x
k
,
where k is a constant. The earth may be assumed to be a sphere of radius R.
(a) Show that the motion of P may be modelled by the differential equation
2
2
d
d
x
gR
x
v
v ÷ = .
(4)
The initial speed of P is U, where U
2
< 2gR. The greatest distance of P from the
centre of the earth is X.
(b) Find X in terms of U, R and g.
(6)
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5. Figure 3
r
h
2
1
h
An ornament S is formed by removing a solid right circular cone, of radius r and
height
2
1
h, from a solid uniform cylinder, of radius r and height h, as shown in
Fig. 3.
(a) Show that the distance of the centre of mass S from its plane face is h
40
17
.
(7)
The ornament is suspended from a point on the circular rim of its open end. It
hangs in equilibrium with its axis of symmetry inclined at an angle  to the
horizontal. Given that h = 4r,
(b) find, in degrees to one decimal place, the value of .
(4)
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6. Figure 4
A
60°
h P
60°
B
A particle P of mass m is attached to two light inextensible strings. The other
ends of the string are attached to fixed points A and B. The point A is a distance h
vertically above B. The system rotates about the line AB with constant angular
speed . Both strings are taut and inclined at 60° to AB, as shown in Fig. 4. The
particle moves in a circle of radius r.
(a) Show that r =
2
3
h.
(2)
(b) Find, in terms of m, g, h and , the tension in AP and the tension in BP.
(8)
The time taken for P to complete one circle is T.
(c) Show that T <
|
|
.
|

\
|
g
h 2
 .
(4)
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7. Figure 5
A
R
30°
A small ring R of mass in is free to slide on a smooth straight wire which is fixed
at an angle of 30° to the horizontal. The ring is attached to one end of a light
elastic string of natural length a and modulus of elasticity . The other end of the
string is attached to a fixed point A of the wire, as shown in Fig. 5. The ring rests
in equilibrium at the point B, where AB = a
8
9
.
(a) Show that  = 4mg.
(3)
The ring is pulled down to the point C, where BC = a
4
1
, and released from rest.
At time t after R is released the extension of the string is ( a
8
1
+ x).
(b) Obtain a differential equation for the motion of R while the string remains
taut, and show that it represents simple harmonic motion with period
|
|
.
|

\
|
g
a
 .
(6)
(c) Find, in terms of g, the greatest magnitude of the acceleration of R while the
string remains taut.
(2)
(d) Find, in terms of a and g, the time taken for R to move from the point at
which it first reaches maximum speed to the point where the string becomes slack
for the first time.
(5)
END

(a) Express v in terms of t. When t = 0 the 2. (4) (b) Find. to 3 significant figures.2 m  A smooth solid hemisphere. (2) (c) Find the limiting value of v. of radius 0.2 m below the level of A. A particle P moves along the x-axis in the positive direction. the velocity of P is v m s1 and its acceleration is speed of P is 10 m s1.1.88. as shown in Fig. (c) Find the value of u. The particle leaves the hemisphere at the point B. the speed of P when t = 3. Figure 1 A u m s1 0.5 kg is projected horizontally with speed u m s1 from the highest point A of the hemisphere. (1) 1 2 e -1t 6 m s2. At time t seconds. A particle of mass 0. which is a vertical distance of 0. The speed of the particle at B is v m s1 and the angle between OA and OB is  . 1. is fixed with its plane face on a horizontal table. (3) (1) (3) N6993 2 . (b) Show that v2 = 5.8 m and centre O. (a) Find the value of cos .

to 3 significant figures. (5) N6993 3 . (5) It is now assumed that the table is rough and the coefficient of friction between B and the table is 0. 2.5 kg which is on a horizontal table.25 m from A. (b) Find.3. the minimum distance from A at which B can rest in equilibrium. of natural length 0. the speed of B when it is a distance 0. is fastened at one end to a point A. The other end of the spring is fastened to a small wooden block B of mass 1. to 3 significant figures.3 m from A. Figure 2 B A A light horizontal spring. as shown in Fig.6. By using the principle of the conservation of energy. The block is released from rest when it is a distance 0. The block is modelled as a particle. The table is initially assumed to be smooth. (a) find.25 m and modulus of elasticity 52 N.

where U 2 < 2gR. (b) Find X in terms of U. dx x (4) The initial speed of P is U. Its k acceleration is directed towards the centre of the earth and has magnitude 2 .4. The earth may be assumed to be a sphere of radius R. (6) N6891 4 . When P is at a distance x from the centre of the earth its speed is v. A projectile P is fired vertically upwards from a point on the earth’s surface. R and g. x where k is a constant. (a) Show that the motion of P may be modelled by the differential equation v gR 2 dv  2 . The greatest distance of P from the centre of the earth is X.

the value of . as shown in 2 Fig. (b) find. Figure 3 r 1 2 h h An ornament S is formed by removing a solid right circular cone. 3. (4) N6993 5 . (7) The ornament is suspended from a point on the circular rim of its open end. of radius r and height h.5. in degrees to one decimal place. (a) Show that the distance of the centre of mass S from its plane face is 17 40 h. It hangs in equilibrium with its axis of symmetry inclined at an angle  to the horizontal. Given that h = 4r. of radius r and height 1 h. from a solid uniform cylinder.

The other ends of the string are attached to fixed points A and B. The particle moves in a circle of radius r. The system rotates about the line AB with constant angular speed . 2 (2) (8) (b) Find. h and . in terms of m.6. The point A is a distance h vertically above B. Both strings are taut and inclined at 60 to AB. Figure 4 A 60 h P 60 B A particle P of mass m is attached to two light inextensible strings.  g    (4) N6891 6 . (a) Show that r = 3 h. the tension in AP and the tension in BP.  2h  (c) Show that T <    . 4. The time taken for P to complete one circle is T. as shown in Fig. g.

A R Figure 5 30 A small ring R of mass in is free to slide on a smooth straight wire which is fixed at an angle of 30 to the horizontal. The ring rests in equilibrium at the point B. g   (6) (c) Find. The ring is pulled down to the point C. (2) (d) Find. 8 (a) Show that  = 4mg. the greatest magnitude of the acceleration of R while the string remains taut. the time taken for R to move from the point at which it first reaches maximum speed to the point where the string becomes slack for the first time. At time t after R is released the extension of the string is ( 1 a + x).7. and released from rest. (5) END N6993 7 . as shown in Fig. in terms of g. where BC = 1 4 (3) a . in terms of a and g. where AB = 9 a . 5. The ring is attached to one end of a light elastic string of natural length a and modulus of elasticity . 8 (b) Obtain a differential equation for the motion of R while the string remains a taut. and show that it represents simple harmonic motion with period    . The other end of the string is attached to a fixed point A of the wire.