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Rotational Motion

A small marble is rolling on the inside of a parabolic bowl whose surface is given by z = ®r2 in cylindrical polar coordinates. There is no friction, but the gravity is pulling down (in the negative-z direction). Consider the most general case where the marble is free to move in any direction on the surface. (a) Identify all

A Particle Moving In One Dimension

A particle of mass m moves in one dimension along the positive x axis. It is acted on by a constant force directed toward the origin with magnitude B, and an inverse square law repulsive force with magnitude A/x^2. a) Find the potential energy function U(x) b) Sketch the energy diagram for the system when the maximum kineti

Energy conservation using centripetal motion.

A roller coaster has an initial speed of 9.50 m/s at the top of the first hill, which is 44.00 m above the ground. Neglecting friction, what will be the speed of the roller coaster at the top of the next hill, which is 26.00 m above the ground?

Calculating the loss of mechanical energy.

A block of mass M slides along a horizontal table with speed Vo. At x=0 it hits a spring constant k and begins to experience a frictional force. The coefficient of friction is a variable and is given by u=bx, where b is a constant. Find the loss in mechanical energy when the block has come momentarily to rest.

Electic potential charges are estimated.

Two point particles, each with charge Q, are placed at positions +- a x. A) What is the elctric potential anywhere along the y axis? B) How much energy does it take to move a thrid particle, charge Q, from infinity to a position in order to make an equilateral triangle among the charges? (ie. all edges have length 2a)

Swinging pendulum

Draw a simple pendulum and label the locations of the maximum and minimum of (a) speed (b) acceleration (c) kinetic energy (d) potential energy

Determining the color of salt when it is thrown into a flame.

The lowest lying excited state of sodium is 2.104 eV above the ground state. Given that Planck's constant is 4.135x10 (to the negative 15 pwr.) eV/Hz, what color of light do you expect sodium atoms to give off? Table salt is the crystal sodium-chloride NaCl. If you have a gas burner in your kitchen, take some salt and throw it

Calculation of maximum kinetic energy of a spring using various masses.

An ideal, massless spring, pointing upwards from a surface has a mass of 3.0 kg placed on it, compressing it by 25 cm. The 3.0 kg mass is replaced by a 5.0 kg mass. The spring is then compressed by hand so that the end of the spring is 67 cm lower than the position of the spring when no mass is attached. The spring is then relea