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Introductory Exercise 5.2  
Introductory Exercise 5.3  
Introductory Exercise 5.4 
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Q1. Three blocks of mass 1 kg, 4 kg and 2 kg are placed on a smooth horizontal plane as shown in figure. Find:
(a) the acceleration of the system,
(b) the normal force between 1 kg block and 4 kg block,
(c) the net force on 2 kg block.
Ans: (a) 10 ms^{2} (b) 110 N (c) 20 N
Sol: Acceleration of system
= 10 m/s^{2}
Let normal force between 1 kg block and 4 kg block = F_{1}
∴ Net force on 1 kg block = 120  N
∴
or 10 = 120  F_{1}
i.e., F_{1} = 110 N
Net force on 2 kg block = 2*a
= 2*10
=20 N
Q2. Two blocks of mass 2 kg and 4 kg are released from rest over a smooth inclined plane of inclination 30° as shown in figure. What is the normal force between the two blocks?
Ans: zero
Sol: As, 4 g sin 30° > 2 g sin 30°
The normal force between the two blocks will be zero.
Q3. What should be the acceleration ‘a’ of the box shown in figure so that the block of mass m exerts a force mg/4 on the floor of the box?
Ans: 3g/4
Sol:
∴ N = mg/4
As lift is moving downward with acceleration a , the pseudo force on A will be ma acting in the upward direction. For the block to be at rest w.r.t. lift.
N + ma = mg
or
⇒
Q4. A plumb bob of mass 1 kg is hung from the ceiling of a train compartment. The train moves on an inclined plane with constant velocity. If the angle of incline is 30°. Find the angle made by the string with the normal to the ceiling. Also, find the tension in the string, (g = 10 m/s^{2})
Ans: 30°, ION
Sol: Angle made by the string with the normal to the ceiling = θ = 30°
As the train is moving with constant velocity no pseudo force will act on the plumbbob.
Tension in spring = mg
= 1*10
= 10 N
Q5. Repeat both parts of the above question, if the train moves with an acceleration a = g/2 up the plane.
Ans:
Sol: Pseudo force (= ma) on plumbbob will be as shown in figure
T cos φ = mg + ma cos (90°  θ)
i.e., T cos φ = mg + ma sin θ …(i)
and T sin φ = ma cos θ
Squaring and adding Eqs. (i) and (ii),
T^{2} = m^{2} g^{2} + m^{2} a^{2} sin^{2} θ + 2m^{2} ag sin θ + m^{2} a^{2} cos^{2} θ …(iii)
T^{2} = m^{2} g^{2} + m^{2} a^{2} + m^{2} ag (∴ θ = 30°)
or
Dividing Eq. (i) by Eq. (ii),
i.e.,
Q6. Two blocks of mass 1 kg and 2 kg are connected by a string AS of mass 1 kg. The blocks are placed on a smooth horizontal surface. Block of mass 1 kg is pulled by a horizontal force F of magnitude 8 N. Find the tension in the string at points A and B.
Ans: 4 N, 6 N
Sol:
Net force on 1 kg mass = 8  T_{2}
∴ 8  T_{2} = 1*2
⇒ T_{2} = 6 N
Net force on 1 kg block = T_{1}
∴ T_{1} = 2a = 2*2 = 4 N
Q1. In the arrangement shown in figure what should be the mass of block A, so that the system remains at rest? Neglect friction and mass of strings.
Ans: 3 kg
Sol: F = 2 g sin 30° = g
For the system to remain at rest
T_{2} = 2 g …(i)
T_{2} + F = T_{1} …(ii)
or T_{2} + g = T_{1} …[ii (a)]
T_{1} = mg …(iii)
Substituting the values of T_{1} and T_{2} from Eqs. (iii) and (i) in Eq. [ii(a)]
2 g + g = mg
i.e., m = 3 kg
Q2. In the arrangement shown in figure, find the ratio of tensions in the strings attached with 4 kg block and that with 1 kg block.
Ans: 4
Sol: As net downward force on the system is zero, the system will be in equilibrium
∴ T_{1} = 4 g
and T_{2} = 1 g
∴
Q3. Two unequal masses of 1 kg and 2 kg are connected by a string going over a clamped light smooth pulley as shown in figure. The system is released from rest. The larger mass is stopped for a moment 1.0 s after the system is set in motion. Find the time elapsed before the string is tight again.
Ans: 1/3 s
Sol: 2 g  T = 2a
T  1 g = 1a
Adding above two equations
1 g = 3 a
∴ a = g/3
Velocity of 1kg block 1 section after the system is set in motion
v = 0 + at
On stopping 2 kg, the block of 1kg will go upwards with retardation g. Time ( t' ) taken by the 1 k g block to attain zero velocity will be given by the equation.
⇒
If the 2 kg block is stopped just for a moment (time being muchmuch less than 1/3 s), it will also start falling down when the stopping time ends.
In time upward displacement of 1 kg block
Downward displacement of 2 kg block
As the two are just equal, the string will again become taut after time 1/3 s.
Q4. Two unequal masses of 1 kg and 2 kg are connected by an inextensible light string passing over a smooth pulley as shown in figure. A force F = 20 N is applied on 1 kg block. Find the acceleration of either block. (g = 10 m/s^{2}).
Ans:
Sol: F + 1g  T = 1a … (i)
and T  2g = 2a …(ii)
Adding Eqs. (i) and (ii),
F  1g = 3a
∴
Q1. Consider the situation shown in figure. Both the pulleys and the string are light and all the surfaces are smooth.
(a) Find the acceleration of 1 kg block.
(b) Find the tension in the string.
(g = 10 m/s ^{2).}
Ans: (a) 2g/3, (b) 10/3 N
Sol: 2T = 2*a … (i)
and 1g  T = 2a …(ii)
Solving Eqs. (i) and (ii),
α = g/3
∴ Acceleration of 1 kg block
Tension in the string
Q2. Calculate the acceleration of either blocks and tension in the string shown in figure. The pulley and the string are light and all surfaces are smooth.
Ans:
Sol: Mg  T = Ma …(i)
T = Ma …(ii)
Solving Eqs. (i) and (ii)
α = g/2
and T = Mg
Q3. Find the mass M so that it remains at rest in the adjoining figure. Both the pulley and string are light and friction is absent everywhere, (g = 10 m/s^{ 2}).
Ans: 4 . 8 kg
Sol: Block of mass M will be at rest if
T = Mg …(i)
For the motion of block of mass 3 kg
....(ii)
For the motion of block of mass 2 kg
....(iii)
Adding Eqs. (ii) and (iii),
g = 5a
i.e., α = g/5
Substituting above value of a in Eq. (iii),
T/2 = 2(g+a)
or
= 24g/5
Substituting value of above value of T in Eq. (i),
M = 24/5
= 4.8 kg
Q4. In figure assume that there is negligible friction between the blocks and table. Compute the tension in the cord connecting m_{2} and the pulley and acceleration of m_{2} if m_{1} = 300 g, m_{2} = 200g and F = 0.401V.
Ans:
Sol: T/2 = m1.2a
i.e., T = 4 m_{1}a …(i)
F  T = m_{2}a …(ii)
or F  4m_{1}a = m_{2}a
or
∴ T = 4 m_{1}a
= 4*0.3* 2/7
= 2.4/7
= 12/35 N
Introductory Exercise 5.5
Ques 1: In figure m_{1} = 1 kg and m_{2} = 4 kg. Find the mass M o f the hanging block which will prevent the smaller block from slipping over the triangular block. All the surfaces are friction less and the strings and the pulleys are light
Note In exercises 2 to 4 the situations described take place in a box car which has initial velocity v = 0 but acceleration
Ans: 6 .83 kg
Sol: Block on triangular block will not slip if
m_{1}a cos θ= m_{1}g sin θ
i.e., a = g tanθ …(i)
N = m_{1}g cosθ + m_{1}asinθ …(ii)
For the movement of triangular block
T  N sinθ = m_{2}α …(iii)
For the movement of the block of mass M
Mg  T = Ma …(iv)
Adding Eqs. (iii) and (iv),
Mg  N sinθ = ( m_{2} + M )α
Substituting the value of N from Eq. (ii) in the above equation
Mg  (m_{1}g cosθ + m_{1}α sinθ) sinθ
=( m_{2}α + Mα)
i.e., M (g  α) = m_{1}g cosθ sinθ + (m_{2} + m_{1} sin^{2}θ)α
Substituting value of a from Eq. (i) in the above equation,
M(1  tanθ) = m_{1} cosθ sinθ + ( m_{2} + m_{1} sin^{2} θ) tanθ
Substituting θ = 30° , m_{1} = 1 kg and m_{2} = 4 kg
= 6.82 kg
Ques 2: A 2 kg object is slid along the friction less floor with initial velocity (10 m/s)î (a) Describe the motion of the object relative to car (b) when does the object reach its original position relative to the box car.
Ans: (a) x = x_{0} + 10t  2.5t^{2} , v = 10  5t (b) t = 4s
Sol: (a) Using
Displacement of block at time t relative to car would be
Velocity of block at time t (relative to car) will be
(b) Time (t) for the block to arrive at the original position (i.e., x = x_{0}) relative to car
x_{0} = x_{0 }+ 10 t  2.5 t^{2}
⇒ t = 4s
Ques 3: A 2 kg object is slid along the friction less floor with initial transverse velocity (10 m/s). Describe the motion (a) in car’s frame (b) in ground frame.
Ans: (a) x = x_{0}  2.5t^{2}, z = z_{0} + 10t, v_{x} =  5t, v_{z} = 10 ms^{1}
(b) x = x_{0}, z = z_{0} + 10t, v_{x} = 0, v_{z} = 10 ms^{1}
Sol: (a) In car’s frame position of object at time t would be given by
In car’s frame
x = x_{0} + 0*t + 1/2(5)t^{2}
i.e., x = x_{0}  2.5 t^{2} …(i)
and z = z + 10t …(ii)
Velocity of the object at time t would be
and
(b) In ground frame the position of the object at time t would be given by
In ground frame
x = x_{0}
and z = z_{0} + 10t
Velocity of the object at time t would be
ans
Ques 4: A 2 kg object is slid along a rough floor (coefficient of sliding friction = 0.3) with initial velocity (10 m/s)î. Describe the motion of the object relative to car assuming that the coefficient of static friction is greater than 0.5.
Ans: x = x_{0} + 10f  4t^{2} , K = 10  8 t for 0<f<1.25 s object stops at t = 1.25 s and remains at rest relative to car.
Sol: m = 2 kg
Normal force on object = mg
Maximum sliding friction = μ_{s}mg
= 0.3*2*10 = 6 N
Deceleration due to friction = 6/2 =3 m/s^{2}
Deceleration due to pseudo force = 5 m/s^{2}
∴ Net deceleration = (3 + 5) m/s^{2}
= 8 m/s^{2}
∴ Displacement of object at any time t (relative to car)
Thus, velocity of object at any time t (relative to car)
The object will stop moving relative to car when
10  8t = 0 i.e., t = 1.25s
∴ v_{x} = 10  8t for 0<t<1.25 s
Ques 5: A block is placed on an inclined plane as shown in figure. What must be the frictional force between block and incline if the block is not to slide along the incline when the incline is accelerating to the right at
Ans: 9/25 mg
Sol: For block not to slide the frictional force ( f ) would be given by
f + ma cosθ = mg sinθ
or
f = mg sinθ  ma cosθ
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