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Physics 9702 Doubts | Help Page 3

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Question 16: [Force > Momentum]
(a) State relation between force and momentum.

(b) Rigid bar of mass 450 g is held horizontally by two supports A and B, as shown.

Support A is 45 cm from centre of gravity C of bar and support B is 25 cm from C.
Ball of mass 140 g falls vertically onto bar such that it hits bar at distance of 50 cm from C. Variation with time t of velocity v of ball before, during and after hitting bar is shown.

For time that ball is in contact with bar, use Fig
(i) to determine change in momentum of ball
(ii) to show that force exerted by ball on bar is 33N

(c) For time that ball is in contact with bar, use data from (1st ) Fig and (b)(ii) to calculate force exerted on bar by
(i) Support A
(ii) Support B

Reference: Past Exam Paper – November 2010 Paper 21 Q3

Solution 16:
Force is the rate of change of momentum
(F = Δp / t)

(i) Change in momentum of ball:
{Let’s try interpreting the graph. The ball falls from rest (velocity = 0) and hits the bar at time t = 0.56s with a velocity of 5.5ms-1. Collision starts as soon as the speed drops from 5.5ms-1 and ends at time t = 0.6s where the ball reaches a velocity of 4.4ms-1 in the opposite direction. So, the time of contact of the ball with the bar is 0.6 – 0.56 = 0.04s. Then, the ball moves upwards until it reaches a maximum height (velocity = 0) and then falls again. But the last part is not necessary here.}
{For collision, initial velocity = 5.5ms-1 and final velocity = - 4.4ms-1. So, change in velocity, Δv = 5.5 + 4.4 }
Δp (= mΔv) = (140x10-3) x (5.5 + 4.4) = 1.33kgms-1

(ii) Show that force exerted by ball on bar is 33N:
{As stated in part (a), force is the rate of change of momentum. This change in momentum occurs in a time (time of contact) of 0.04s}
Force exerted by ball (= Δp/t) = 1.33 / 0.04 = 33.3N

Support A:
Taking moments about support B,
33(75) + (0.45 x g)(25) = FA(20)
Force exerted by support A, FA = 129N

Support B:
Force exerted by support B, FB = 33 + 129 + 0.45g = 166N

Question 17: [Dynamics > Laws of motion]
Show that Newton's 2nd law contains the 3rd law.

Solution 17:
First, Newton’s laws of motion are as follows:

  • Newton’s first law of motion states that a body continues at rest or constant velocity unless acted on by a resultant (external) force.
  • Newton’s second law of motion states that the (resultant) force on a body is equal to the rate of change of momentum. {From this law (F = Δp / t), it can be shown that, since Δp = mΔv, the law may also be written as F = m(Δv/ t) = ma.}
  • Newton’s third law of motion states that the force on a body A is equal in magnitude to the force on a body B (from body A). The forces are in opposite directions and are of the same kind.

{Note that these are the correct definitions accepted by Cambridge}

Consider 2 bodies, A and B, interacting with each other. Body A exerts a force FA on body B and body B would exert a force FB on body B.

From Newton’s 2nd law, FA = dpA/dt and FB = dpB/dt where pA and pB are the momenta of body A and B respectively and d / dt is the rate of change [differentiation with respect to time – this is actually a more appropriate way to write F = Δp / t even if both are accepted at A-Level]

So, FA + FB = [dpA/dt] + [dpB/dt] = d(pA + pB) / dt

Assuming no external forces are acting, the momentum  must be conserved [this is the law of conservation of momentum]
So, the sum of pA + pB is always constant. [pA + pB = constant]

The differentiation of a constant is zero {dp / dt is the rate of change of momentum with time. Since momentum is constant, “it does not change”. So, the rate of change of momentum [which does not change] is zero}
FA + FB = d(pA + pB) / dt = d(constant) / dt = 0

Thus, FA = - FB 
This is Newton’s 3rd law. FA and FB are equal in magnitude and opposite in direction.

Similarly, Newton’s 1st law may also be obtained from the 2nd law. The equation F = ma can be obtained from the 2nd law (as shown above). F is the force acting on a body. 

If there is no force, F = 0. Therefore, acceleration a is also equal to zero. When there is no acceleration, the velocity is unchanged. So, the body continues at constant velocity, and if its velocity was zero, it would remain zero in the absence of a force.  

Question 18: [Radioactivity]
Isotope Manganese-56 decays and undergoes β-particle emission to form stable isotope Iron-56. Half-life for decay is 2.6 hours. Initially, at time t = 0, sample of Manganese-56 has mass of 1.4 μg and there is no Iron-56.
Determine time at which ratio of mass of iron-56 to mass of Manganese-56 = 9.0:

Reference: Past Exam Paper – June 2005 Paper 4 Q7(c)

Solution 18:
{Since the ratio = 9 = 9 / 1, the mass of iron-56 is reduced to 9 while that of Manganese-56 is reduced to 1. So, the total relative mass = 9 + 1 = 10}

1/10 of the original mass of Manganese remains {at that time}

{The ratio N / No is 1 / 10 = 0.10. The decay constant λ = ln2 / T½ = ln 2 / 2.6. The ratio N / No = exp(-λt) = 1 / 10 where t is the time at which the ratio is 1 /10}

0.10 = exp(-[ln2 / 2.6] t)
Time, t = 8.63 hours

Question 19: [SI units]
(a) Two of SI base quantities are mass and time. State 3 other SI base quantities.
(b) Sphere of radius r is moving at speed v through air of density ρ. Resistive force F acting on sphere is given by expression       F = Br2ρvk       where B and k are constants without units.
(i) State SI base units of F, ρ and v:
(ii) Use base units to determine value of k:

Reference: Past Exam Paper – November 2010 Paper 21 Q1

Solution 19:
Choose any 3 from:
Length, Current, Temperature, Amount of substance, (luminous intensity)                         

SI base units of force F {= ma} = kg ms-2
SI base units of density ρ {= mass / volume} = kg m-3 
SI base units of velocity v {= distance / time} = m s-1

Some working e.g. kgms-2 = m2 kgm-3 (ms-1)k
{Make vk the subject of formula}
vk = F / Br2ρ
{Now wire in terms of SI base units and simplify such that the units of velocity is in brackets on both sides and any other value is outside the bracket as a power}
[ms-1]k = [kg ms-2] / [m2] [kg m-3] = [kg ms-2] [m-2] [kg-1 m3] = m2 s-2 = [ms-1]2
Hence, the value of k =2

Question 20: [Force > Air resistance]
(a) Derive SI base unit of force.

(b) Spherical ball of radius r experiences resistive force F due to air as it moves through air at speed v. Resistive force F is given by expression             F = crv, where c is a constant. Derive SI base unit of constant c.

(c) Ball is dropped from rest through height of 4.5 m.
(i) Assuming air resistance to be negligible, calculate final speed of ball.
(ii) Ball has mass 15 g and radius 1.2 cm. Numerical value of constant c in equation in (b) is equal to 3.2 × 10–4 when measured using SI system of units. Show quantitatively whether assumption made in (i) is justified.

Reference: Past Exam Paper – June 2006 Paper 2 Q1

Solution 20:
{Force = ma}
SI base unit of Force = kg ms-2

{c = F / rv}
SI base unit of c = [kg ms-2] / [m][ms-1] = [kg ms-2] [m-1] [m-1s1] = kg m-1 s-1
SI base unit of c = kg m-1 s-1

{Initial velocity of ball = 0 (dropped from rest)}
v2 = u2 + 2as
v2 = 0 + 2(9.8)(4.5)
Final velocity, v = 9.4ms-1

{The assumption is (i) is that air resistance is negligible}
{In this method, we try to calculate the resistive force F, given by the expression F = crv, and compare it with the force on the ball (the weight). If the resistive force F is much less than the weight, then it can be neglected and the assumption is correct.}
Resistive force, F {= (3.2x10-4) (1.2x10-2) (9.4)} = 3.6x10-5N
Weight of sphere ball {= mg = (1.5x10-3) (9.8)} = 0.15N
Since 3.6x10-5N << 0.15N, the assumption is justified

{In this method, we try to calculate the terminal velocity of the ball and compare it with the final velocity reached by the ball. Terminal velocity is reached when air resistance equals the weight.
(As the ball starts falling, air resistance keeps on increasing until terminal velocity is reached. So, at the time before terminal velocity is reached, air resistance is less than the weight).
Therefore, a comparison of the weight (which is constant at all time) and the air resistance at a particular time t can be obtained by considering the terminal velocity and the velocity reached by the ball at that time t. So, at any particular time that the instantaneous velocity is much less than the terminal velocity, then at the instant, air resistance is much less than the weight.}
(Weight) mg = (Resistive force) crvT
Terminal velocity, vT = 3.8x104ms-1  
Since the final velocity reached by the ball, 9.4 << 3.8x104ms-1, the assumption (that air resistance is negligible) is justified.  

Question 21: [Measurements]
What does ‘answers to the nearest mm’ mean on a metre rule?

Solution 21:
When taking measurements using any measuring instrument, the reading should be recorded to the smallest number of decimal place that can be measured by the instrument (all instruments have a level of uncertainty associated with it – they cannot measure smaller than these uncertainties). Obviously this will vary from the instruments used.

For example, the readings from a metre rule can (and should) be measured to the nearest mm. Consider the metre rule below:

The labels 1, 2, 3, … represent the 1cm, 2cm, 3cm, … It can also be seen that the distance between any 2 successive labels contains 10 (smallest) divisions. This means that 10 divisions correspond to 1cm. So, 1 division represents 1 / 10 = 0.1cm = 1mm. 

That is, the smallest reading that can be read from the metre rule is 1mm. This is the nearest mm. {Note that many would say that readings can be taken to half the division (even on this metre rule) by inferring whether it is midway between the smallest divisions, but this is a mistake.}

Now consider the rule below.

The labels also represent readings to cm but here, each cm is division by 5 divisions. So, 1 division would represent 1 / 5 = 0.2mm. ‘The nearest mm’ on this ruler is 0.2mm.

This method I just explained is very basic and important as it allows you to determine the smallest division on any measuring instrument. There is no need to memorize the smallest division of all instruments.

(Note that these pictures are found on the internet and were not drawn by me. All credits go to their owner)



  1. please explain q16 last part cii??

    1. For equilibrium, the sum of upward forces should be equal to the sum of downward forces.

      The downward forces are due to
      (1) the weight of the bar = mg = 0.45g = 0.45 × 9.81 N
      (2) the force exerted by the ball on the bar = 33 N
      (3) the force exerted by support A on the bar = 129 N

      From Newton’s 3rd law, at the support which is in contact with the bar, there should be a force equal in magnitude (= 33 + 0.45g + 129) and opposite in direction (upward).


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