# 3 rd International Physics Olympiad 1969, Brno, Czechoslovakia

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1 3 rd International Physics Olympiad 1969, Brno, Czechoslovakia Problem 1. Figure 1 shows a mechanical system consisting of three carts A, B and C of masses m 1 = 0.3 kg, m 2 = 0.2 kg and m 3 = 1.5 kg respectively. Carts B and A are connected by a light taut inelastic string which passes over a light smooth pulley attaches to the cart C as shown. For this problem, all resistive and frictional forces may be ignored as may the moments of inertia of the pulley and of the wheels of all three carts. Take the acceleration due to gravity g to be 9.81 m s 2. B F C A Figure 1: 1. A horizontal force F is now applied to cart C as shown. The size of F is such that carts A and B remain at rest relative to cart C. a) Find the tension in the string connecting carts A and B. b) Determine the magnitude of F. 2. Later cart C is held stationary, while carts A and B are released from rest. a) Determine the accelerations of carts A and B. b) Calculate also the tension in the string. 1

2 Solution: Case 1. The force F has so big magnitude that the carts A and B remain at the rest with respect to the cart C, i.e. they are moving with the same acceleration as the cart C is. Let G 1, T1 and T 2 denote forces acting on particular carts as shown in the Figure 2 and let us write the equations of motion for the carts A and B and also for whole mechanical system. Note that certain internal forces (viz. normal reactions) are not shown. y F T 2 B C T 1 A 0 G 1 x Figure 2: The cart B is moving in the coordinate system Oxy with an acceleration a x. The only force acting on the cart B is the force T 2, thus T 2 = m 2 a x. (1) Since T 1 and T 2 denote tensions in the same cord, their magnitudes satisfy T 1 = T 2. The forces T 1 and G 1 act on the cart A in the direction of the y-axis. Since, according to condition 1, the carts A and B are at rest with respect to the cart C, the acceleration in the direction of the y-axis equals to zero, a y = 0, which yields T 1 m 1 g = 0. Consequently T 2 = m 1 g. (2) So the motion of the whole mechanical system is described by the equation F = (m 1 + m 2 + m 3 ) a x, (3) 2

3 because forces between the carts A and C and also between the carts B and C are internal forces with respect to the system of all three bodies. Let us remark here that also the tension T 2 is the internal force with respect to the system of all bodies, as can be easily seen from the analysis of forces acting on the pulley. From equations (1) and (2) we obtain a x = m 1 m 2 g. Substituting the last result to (3) we arrive at Numerical solution: F = (m 1 + m 2 + m 3 ) m 1 m 2 g. T 2 = T 1 = N = 2.94 N, F = N = 29.4 N. 2 Case 2. If the cart C is immovable then the cart A moves with an acceleration a y and the cart B with an acceleration a x. Since the cord is inextensible (i.e. it cannot lengthen), the equality a x = a y = a holds true. Then the equations of motion for the carts A, respectively B, can be written in following form T 1 = G 1 m 1 a, (4) T 2 = m 2 a. (5) The magnitudes of the tensions in the cord again satisfy The equalities (4), (5) and (6) immediately yield T 1 = T 2. (6) (m 1 + m 2 ) a = m 1 g. 3

4 Using the last result we can calculate Numerical results: a = a x = a y = m 1 m 1 + m 2 g, T 2 = T 1 = m 2m 1 m 1 + m 2 g. a = a x = m s 2 = 5.89 m s 2, T 1 = T 2 = 1.18 N. Problem 2. Water of mass m 2 is contained in a copper calorimeter of mass m 1. Their common temperature is t 2. A piece of ice of mass m 3 and temperature t 3 < 0 o C is dropped into the calorimeter. a) Determine the temperature and masses of water and ice in the equilibrium state for general values of m 1, m 2, m 3, t 2 and t 3. Write equilibrium equations for all possible processes which have to be considered. b) Find the final temperature and final masses of water and ice for m 1 = 1.00 kg, m 2 = 1.00 kg, m 3 = 2.00 kg, t 2 = 10 o C, t 3 = 20 o C. Neglect the energy losses, assume the normal barometric pressure. Specific heat of copper is c 1 = 0.1 kcal/kg oc, specific heat of water c 2 = 1 kcal/kg oc, specific heat of ice c 3 = kcal/kg oc, latent heat of fusion of ice l = 78, 7 kcal/kg. Take 1 cal = 4.2 J. Solution: We use the following notation: t temperature of the final equilibrium state, t 0 = 0 o C the melting point of ice under normal pressure conditions, M 2 final mass of water, M 3 final mass of ice, m 2 m 2 mass of water, which freezes to ice, m 3 m 3 mass of ice, which melts to water. a) Generally, four possible processes and corresponding equilibrium states can occur: 4

5 1. t 0 < t < t 2, m 2 = 0, m 3 = m 3, M 2 = m 2 + m 3, M 3 = 0. Unknown final temperature t can be determined from the equation (m 1 c 1 + m 2 c 2 )(t 2 t) = m 3 c 3 (t 0 t 3 ) + m 3 l + m 3 c 2 (t t 0 ). (7) However, only the solution satisfying the condition t 0 < t < t 2 does make physical sense. 2. t 3 < t < t 0, m 2 = m 2, m 3 = 0, M 2 = 0, M 3 = m 2 + m 3. Unknown final temperature t can be determined from the equation m 1 c 1 (t 2 t) + m 2 c 2 (t 2 t 0 ) + m 2 l + m 2 c 3 (t 0 t) = m 3 c 3 (t t 3 ). (8) However, only the solution satisfying the condition t 3 < t < t 0 does make physical sense. 3. t = t 0, m 2 = 0, 0 m 3 m 3, M 2 = m 2 + m 3, M 3 = m 3 m 3. Unknown mass m 3 can be calculated from the equation (m 1 c 1 + m 2 c 2 )(t 2 t 0 ) = m 3 c 3 (t t 3 ) + m 3l. (9) However, only the solution satisfying the condition 0 m 3 m 3 does make physical sense. 4. t = t 0, 0 m 2 m 2, m 3 = 0, M 2 = m 2 m 2, M 3 = m 3 + m 2. Unknown mass m 2 can be calculated from the equation (m 1 c 1 + m 2 c 2 )(t 2 t 0 ) + m 2l = m 3 c 3 (t 0 t 3 ). (10) However, only the solution satisfying the condition 0 m 2 m 2 does make physical sense. b) Substituting the particular values of m 1, m 2, m 3, t 2 and t 3 to equations (7), (8) and (9) one obtains solutions not making the physical sense (not satisfying the above conditions for t, respectively m 3). The real physical process under given conditions is given by the equation (10) which yields m 2 = m 3c 3 (t 0 t 3 ) (m 1 c 1 + m 2 c 2 )(t 2 t 0 ) l Substituting given numerical values one gets m 2 = 0.11 kg. Hence, t = 0 o C, M 2 = m 2 m 2 = 0.89 kg, M 3 = m 3 + m 2 = 2.11 kg. 5.

6 Problem 3. A small charged ball of mass m and charge q is suspended from the highest point of a ring of radius R by means of an insulating cord of negligible mass. The ring is made of a rigid wire of negligible cross section and lies in a vertical plane. On the ring there is uniformly distributed charge Q of the same sign as q. Determine the length l of the cord so as the equilibrium position of the ball lies on the symmetry axis perpendicular to the plane of the ring. Find first the general solution a then for particular values Q = q = C, R = 5 cm, m = 1.0 g, ε 0 = F/m. Solution: In equilibrium, the cord is stretched in the direction of resultant force of G = m g and F = q E, where E stands for the electric field strength of the ring on the axis in distance x from the plane of the ring, see Figure 3. Using the triangle similarity, one can write x R = Eq mg. (11) R l F x G Figure 3: For the calculation of the electric field strength let us divide the ring to n identical parts, so as every part carries the charge Q/n. The electric field strength magnitude of one part of the ring is given by E = Q 4πε 0 l 2 n. 6

7 R l α E x x E E Figure 4: This electric field strength can be decomposed into the component in the direction of the x-axis and the one perpendicular to the x-axis, see Figure 4. Magnitudes of both components obey E x = E cos α = E x, l E = E sin α. It follows from the symmetry, that for every part of the ring there exists another one having the component E of the same magnitude, but however oppositely oriented. Hence, components perpendicular to the axis cancel each other and resultant electric field strength has the magnitude E = E x = n E x = Substituting (12) into (11) we obtain for the cord length Q q R l = 3 4πε 0 m g. Numerically Q x 4πε 0 l 3. (12) l = π m = m. Problem 4. A glass plate is placed above a glass cube of 2 cm edges in such a way that there remains a thin air layer between them, see Figure 5. 7

8 Electromagnetic radiation of wavelength between 400 nm and 1150 nm (for which the plate is penetrable) incident perpendicular to the plate from above is reflected from both air surfaces and interferes. In this range only two wavelengths give maximum reinforcements, one of them is λ = 400 nm. Find the second wavelength. Determine how it is necessary to warm up the cube so as it would touch the plate. The coefficient of linear thermal expansion is α = o C 1, the refractive index of the air n = 1. The distance of the bottom of the cube from the plate does not change during warming up. d h Figure 5: Solution: Condition for the maximum reinforcement can be written as i.e. 2dn λ k 2 = kλ k, for k = 0, 1, 2,..., 2dn = (2k + 1) λ k 2, (13) with d being thickness of the layer, n the refractive index and k maximum order. Let us denote λ = 1150 nm. Since for λ = 400 nm the condition for maximum is satisfied by the assumption, let us denote λ p = 400 nm, where p is an unknown integer identifying the maximum order, for which λ p (2p + 1) = 4dn (14) holds true. The equation (13) yields that for fixed d the wavelength λ k increases with decreasing maximum order k and vise versa. According to the 8

9 assumption, λ p 1 < λ < λ p 2, i.e. 4dn 2(p 1) + 1 < 4dn λ < 2(p 2) + 1. Substituting to the last inequalities for 4dn using (14) one gets λ p (2p + 1) 2(p 1) + 1 < λ < λ p(2p + 1) 2(p 2) + 1. Let us first investigate the first inequality, straightforward calculations give us gradually i.e. λ p (2p + 1) < λ (2p 1), 2p(λ λ p ) > λ + λ p, p > 1 2 λ + λ p = λ λ p Similarly, from the second inequality we have i.e. = (15) λ p (2p + 1) > λ (2p 3), 2p(λ λ p ) < 3λ + λ p, p < 1 2 3λ + λ p = = (16) λ λ p The only integer p satisfying both (15) and (16) is p = 2. Let us now find the thickness d of the air layer: d = λ p 400 (2p + 1) = ( ) nm = 500 nm. 4 4 Substituting d to the equation (13) we can calculate λ p 1, i.e. λ 1 : λ 1 = 4dn 2(p 1) + 1 = 4dn 2p 1. Introducing the particular values we obtain λ 1 = nm = nm Finally, let us determine temperature growth t. Generally, l = αl t holds true. Denoting the cube edge by h we arrive at d = αh t. Hence t = d αh = o C = 3.1 o C. 9

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