True-false questions are worth 2 points each, three-choice multiple
choice questions are worth 3 points each, five-choice multiple choice
questions are worth 6 points each. The maximum possible score is 101.
The exam period was 90 minutes; the average score was 73.3; the median
score was 77. Click here to see the formula
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A wheel of mass M and radius R = 0.1700 m
rests on a horizontal surface against a vertical step of height
h = 0.0100 m. A point below the center of the wheel is a
distance x = 0.0575 m from the vertical step. The wheel
is to be raised over the step by a horizontal force F
applied to the axle of the wheel as shown in the figure. Let
Fmin be the minimum force needed to raise the
wheel over the step. The figure is not to scale.
What is the magnitude of the torque that the force
Fmin exerts about the point of contact between
the wheel and the step?
(a) (0.0200 meters) Fmin
(b) (0.0575 meters) Fmin
(c) (0.1600 meters) Fmin
(d) (0.3200 meters) Fmin
(e) (0.3765 meters) Fmin
(a) (0.0575 meters) Mg
(b) (0.1149 meters) Mg
(c) (0.2251 meters) Mg
(d) (0.3200 meters) Mg
(e) (0.3765 meters) Mg
(a) 0.3379 × Mg
(b) 0.3594 × Mg
(c) 0.5882 × Mg
(a) T = 42.5 N
(b) T = 56.6 N
(c) T = 73.5 N
(d) T = 127 N
(e) T = 147 N
(a) ICM = 2.86 kg-m2
(b) ICM = 1.43 kg-m2
(c) ICM = 0.71 kg-m2
A beam of mass M and length L is held in
the horizontal by two ideal massless ropes that are attached to the ends
of the beam. At some time the rope on the left end of the beam breaks.
Before the rope on the left end of the beam breaks, i.e. while
the beam is still supported by the two ropes, what is the tension in the
rope on the left?
(a) (1/12) Mg
(b) (1/4) Mg
(c) (1/3) Mg
(d) (1/2) Mg
(e) (3/4) Mg
(a) α = g / 12L
(b) α = g / 4L
(c) α = 3g / 2L
(d) α = g / 2L
(e) α = 3g / 4L
Two blocks are suspended over a pulley with a string of negligible
mass as shown below. One block has mass m1 = 1
kg, the other one has a mass of m2 = 2 kg.
The pulley is a uniform solid cylinder. The string does not slip on the
pulley and the center of mass of the pulley remains stationary. The
downward acceleration a of mass
m2 is measured to be a =
g / 4 .
What is the mass M of the pulley?
(a) M = 1.0 kg
(b) M = 1.5 kg
(c) M = 1.7 kg
(d) M = 2.0 kg
(e) M = 2.3 kg
(a) smaller than g/4.
(b) equal to g/4.
(c) larger than g/4.
A spool of mass M = 1 kg sits on a frictionless
horizontal surface. A thread wound around the spool is pulled with a
force T = 4 N as shown below. The total moment of inertia
about the center of mass of the spool is I = 0.8
kg·m2, its outer radius is R = 1 m
and its inner radius is r = 0.5 m. The spool starts from
The magnitude of the angular acceleration α of
the spool is:
(a) α = T (r+R) / (I+Mr2)
(b) α = T R / I
(c) α = T r / I
A solid sphere of mass M and radius R is
released from rest on an inclined plane with an angle of
θ. The coefficient of static friction for the
sphere on the plane is μs. Assuming that
the sphere rolls without slipping down the plane and that the static
frictional force is at its maximum value, which of the following is the
correct equation for the acceleration of the center of mass of the
(a) a = g sinθ
(b) a = μsg cosθ
(c) a = g sinθ - μsg cosθ
(b) (2/5) sinθ
(c) (1/5) cosθ
(d) (2/7) tanθ
(e) (Mg/R) sinθ
A thin hoop of mass M and radius R rolls
without slipping up a plane inclined at an angle θ
with the horizontal. The initial velocity of the cylinder is
The frictional force exerted by the plane on the cylinder is
(a) pointing along the same direction as V.
(b) pointing opposite to the direction of V.
(a) H = V2 / g
(b) H = 2V2 / 3g
(c) H = 3V2 / 4g
(a) H' > H
(b) H' = H
(c) H' < H
A projectile of mass m = 0.2 kg is flying at the
constant velocity V = 10 m/s in the x
direction and at a distance of d = 0.4 m from the
x-axis towards a solid disk of mass M = 1 kg
that is rotating counterclockwise about the fixed axis
with the angular velocity ω = 10 rad/s. The
projectile strikes the disk and sticks at point A. The
radius of the disk is 0.5 m.
What is the angular velocity of the disk,
ω1, after the projectile hits the
(a) ω1 = 12.3 rad/s
(b) ω1 = 9.0 rad/s
(c) ω1 = 6.8 rad/s
(d) ω1 = 10.0 rad/s
(e) ω1 = 11.7 rad/s
(a) increasing the final angular velocity ω1.
(b) decreasing the final angular velocity ω1.
(c) no effect on final angular velocity.
The following questions are based on experimental results obtained
from P211 Lab #6. A student measures the position versus time of an
object of mass m = 0.132 kg rolling without slipping down
an incline. From the measured data she produces the graphs shown below.
Based upon the information provided, what shape did she assume for
the rolling object?
(a) solid cylinder
(b) hollow cylinder
(c) solid sphere
(d) hollow sphere
(e) There is not enough information to answer this question.
(a) 3.2 m/s
(b) 2.1 m/s
(c) 1.6 m/s
Two wheels A and B are connected by an
ideal massless non-stretchable and non-slipping belt. The radius
RA is three times of radius
What would be the ratio of moments of inertia IA
/ IB if both wheels have the same angular
(a) IA / IB = 1/3
(b) IA / IB = 1
(c) IA / IB = 3
(a) IA / IB = 9
(b) IA / IB = 1
(c) IA / IB = 3
A woman whose mass is 70 kg stands at the rim of a horizontal
turntable that has a moment of inertia 300 kg m2 and
radius of 2 m. The system is initially at rest and is free to
rotate about frictionless vertical axle through the center of the
turntable. The woman begins to walk clockwise around the
rim at a speed 1.5 m/s relative to the earth.
In what direction and with what angular speed does the turntable
(a) 0.36 rad/s counterclockwise
(b) 0.42 rad/s clockwise
(c) 0.70 rad/s counterclockwise
(d) 0.42 rad/s counterclockwise
(e) 0.70 rad/s clockwise
(a) 44.1 J
(b) 78.75 J
(c) 152.25 J