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Semester One 2020 Examination Period

Faculty of Science

School of Physics and Astronomy

UNIT CODES: PHS1001

TITLE OF PAPER: Foundation Physics – Paper 1 of 1

EXAM DURATION: 12 hours

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1. This paper is a pdf on 15 pages including this one and a copy of the exam coversheet.

Please check that all pages are present.

2. This paper has 3 sections: Section A – Mechanics, Section B – Electricity and Magnetism, and Section C – Waves,

Rays, and Quantum. There are 40 marks in Section A, 30 marks in Section B, and 30 marks in Section C.

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PHS1001 2020 Exam

SECTION A - Mechanics (4 Questions worth a total of 40 Marks)

A1. 10 Marks (2+2+2+2+2)

A woman is launched from a waterslide into the air at an angle of 50º. With no wind she would travel 40m

horizontally where she lands in a water pool. The time she is in the air is 3.1s.

(a) What is her initial horizontal velocity at launch? ( 2 Marks)

Solution:

(b) What is the magnitude of the velocity at launch? (2 Marks)

Solution:

(c) What is her vertical velocity at landing? (2 Marks)

Solution:

(d) What is the magnitude of the velocity at landing? Calculate this from your answers in (a) and (c).

Justify your answer. (2 Marks)

Solution:

(e) If when she is near her maximum height she experiences a brief gust of wind that instantaneously reduces

her horizontal velocity by 2.9m/s. What distance does she travel horizontally? (2 Marks)

Solution:

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A2. 10 Marks (2+2+1+1+2+2)

A car with snow tyres (m=1500 kg) is sliding down an icy hill with a slope of 15º at an initial speed of 8

m/s.

(a) Draw a free-body diagram of the car on the hill. You must label all forces. (2 Marks)

Solution:

(b) What coefficient of kinetic friction, k, will result in the acceleration being 0 m/s2? (2 Marks)

Solution:

(c) If the coefficient of kinetic friction is actually k=0.4 what is the cars acceleration? (1 Mark)

Solution:

(d) What is the stopping distance? (1 Marks)

Solution:

(e) After sliding 12 m what is the momentum of the car? (2 Marks)

Solution:

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(f) At this point of having travelled 12m the car collides into another car (m=1000 kg) travelling 3 m/s

in the same direction down the slope and they are stuck together. What is the velocity just after

impact? (2 Marks)

Solution:

A3. 10 Marks (2+4+2+2)

A skater encounters a 6m long ramp with a 20º upward incline. The mass of the skater (including

skateboard) is 75kg. The coefficient of rolling friction between the skateboard wheels and the ramp is 0.025.

(a) What is the thermal energy generated between the wheels and the ramp as the skater moves to the top

of the ramp? (2 Marks)

Solution:

(b) At what speed must the skater start up the ramp to reach the top still moving at 3.5 m/s? You must

solve this problem with conservation of energy. (4 Marks)

Solution:

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(c) At the speed you calculated in (b) what is the mechanical energy of the skater at the start of the

ramp? (2 Marks)

Solution:

(d) What percentage of the skater’s mechanical energy is “lost” to friction? (2 Marks)

Solution:

A4. 10 Marks (3+5+2)

A 5 m long ladder leans against a frictionless wall at an angle of 54º as shown below.

(a) From the diagram above write down expressions for the x and y components of translational

equilibrium and for rotational equilibrium. The pivot point should be at the base of the ladder (3

Marks)

Solution:

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(b) Using the expressions for translational and rotational equilibrium in (a) what is the minimum value

of the coefficient of static friction, s, with the ground that prevents the ladder slipping? (5 Marks)

Solution:

(c) If the ground you placed the ladder on was icy with a coefficient of static friction of s=0.1 what is

the smallest angle you could place the ladder without it slipping? (2 Marks)

Solution:

END OF SECTION A

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SECTION B

Electricity and Magnetism (3 Questions worth a total of 30 Marks)

B1. 10 marks (3+2+5)

A circuit is set up consisting of three resistors combined in different ways, with no battery or power supply

attached, but with a uniform magnetic field pointing up out of the plane of the circuit in a small by

region , as shown below.

a) Determine an expression for the effective resistance of the circuit. (3 marks)

Solution:

b) What value of 3 would make the effective resistance of the circuit equal to 1? Conceptually explain

why this works. (2 marks)

Solution:

c) If the effective resistance is 5 kΩ, = 0.03 m and = 0.02 m and we power the circuit by making the B

field increase by 5T every second, what is the current in the circuit. Give both the magnitude and direction

of the current. (5 marks)

Solution:

R1

R2 R3

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B2. 10 marks (3+2+5)

An electron and a proton are both accelerated from rest across a potential difference with magnitude || =

5 V.

a) How fast is each particle going after being accelerated across the potential, i.e., after leaving the region

with the potential? (3 marks)

Solution:

The particles are then sent moving at these speeds towards the right into a region of uniform magnetic field

directed into the page and with an electric field directed downward as shown below:

The electron continues straight to the right through the region.

b) What happens to the proton as it enters the region with the fields? (Does it go straight or is it deflected? If

deflected, in what direction is it deflected? Also justify your answer). (2 marks)

Solution:

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

E

B

V

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(c) Suppose now you accidentally bump the experimental setup, and as a result change the field strengths

and launch an electron into the region with the fields with a speed of 750 km/s at a direction 40 degrees from

the horizontal (see figure below). If the new field strengths are E=1000 N/C and B =250 mT, what is the net

force (magnitude and direction) on the electron as it enters the fields? (5 marks)

Solution:

B3. 10 marks (1+4+2+3)

A proton is given a speed of 30 km/s and sent towards a charge of 1 nC which is fixed in place 30 m away.

a) What is the value of the potential 30 m away from the 1 nC charge? (1 mark)

Solution:

b) What is the closest that the proton gets to the 1 nC charge? (4 marks)

Solution:

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

X X X X X X

E

B

V

(=750km/s)

40o

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(c) If we do this with an electron moving at 30km/s and a -1nC charge 30m away, does the electron get

closer to the -1 nC charge than the proton gets to the +1 nC charge? You may answer this either with a

calculation or a conceptual argument. (2 marks)

Solution:

(d) Sketch equipotential lines for the case of the proton near the 1nC charge.

Be sure to indicate the potential close to each individual charge, at moderate distances from the charges and

also very far from both of them. (3 marks)

Solution:

END OF SECTION B

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SECTION C

Waves, Rays and Quantum (3 Questions worth a total of 30 Marks)

C1. 10 marks (1+1+1+1+2+4)

(a) What is the amplitude of the wave? (1 mark)

Solution:

(b) What is the wavelength of the wave? (1 mark)

Solution:

(c) What is the period of the wave? (1 mark)

Solution:

(d) What is the velocity of the wave? (1 mark)

Solution:

(e) What is the phase constant for the wave? (2 mark)

Solution:

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Assume the wave we have been discussing is moving to the right, and suppose a second wave described by

(, ) = (

2

+ 2 ) is also present.

(f) Describe or sketch the superposition of the two waves as a function of x from x=0 to 4, for t=0.5s, taking

care to justify your claims or sketch. (4 marks)

Solution:

C2. 10 marks (3+3+2+2)

Consider the following system of a diverging lens and converging lens, both with focal lengths of 2 cm.

(a) Draw, on the diagram below, the three special rays to determine where the image of the object at x=0

ends up after travelling through the diverging lens. Be sure to identify the point where the image is formed.

(3 marks)

Solution:

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(b) Draw, on the diagram below, the three special rays to determine where the image (of the image created

by the diverging lens) ends up after going through the converging lens. Be sure to identify the point where

the image is formed. (3 marks)

Solution:

(c) What is the overall magnification? (2 marks)

Solution:

(d) How does this result compare to the image that would have resulted without the diverging lens present?

Consider both the location and magnification of the final image. (2 marks)

Solution:

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C3. 10 marks (1+3+2+4)

A stream of electrons travelling at 40.0 km/s is incident on a single slit of width 500.0 nm.

(a) What is wavelength of the electrons? (1 mark)

Solution:

(b) What is the spacing between adjacent minima in the resulting diffraction pattern if there is a screen 1.20

metres behind the slit? (3 marks)

Solution:

(c) If the electrons were instead sent one at a time (but still many sent), rather than as a stream, would a

diffraction pattern still be seen? Why or why not? (2 marks)

Solution:

(d) If these electrons were ejected from a piece of Titanium with a work function of 3.84 eV via the

photoelectric effect, what was the wavelength of the light used? (4 marks)

Solution:

END OF EXAM