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By P. Gnädig, G. Honyek, K. F. Riley

ISBN-10: 0521773067

ISBN-13: 9780521773065

This booklet will develop a student's take hold of of the legislation of physics by way of employing them to functional events, and difficulties that yield extra simply to intuitive perception than brute-force tools and intricate arithmetic. those fascinating difficulties, selected virtually solely from classical (non-quantum) physics, are posed in obtainable non-technical language requiring the scholar to choose the proper framework within which to examine the placement and judge which branches of physics are concerned. the extent of class had to take on lots of the 2 hundred difficulties is that of the outstanding university pupil, the great undergraduate, or powerfuble graduate scholar. The booklet might be priceless to undergraduates getting ready for 'general physics' papers. it really is was hoping that even a few physics professors will locate the more challenging questions tough. in contrast, mathematical calls for are minimum, and don't transcend straight forward calculus. This interesting e-book of physics difficulties may still end up instructive, difficult and enjoyable.

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The highest point of the bridge is 5 m above the level of the banks. A car of mass 1000 kg is crossing the bridge at a constant speed of 20 m s- 1. Using the notation indicated in the figure, find the force exerted on the bridge by the car when it is: (i) at the highest point of the bridge, (ii) three-quarters of the way across. 25 N at each end of the minor axis. How long are the axes of the ellipse? P83 A boatman sets off from one bank of a straight, uniform canal for a mark directly opposite the starting point.

Determine the amount (assumed small) by which its circumference increases. PlOt* A light, inelastic thread is stretched round one-half of the circumference of a fixed cylinder as shown in the figure. ~ A 0 ..... B ~ ~ As a result of friction, the thread does not slip on the cylinder when the magnitudes of the forces acting on its ends fulfil the inequality 1 2FA::;; FB::;; 2FA. Determine the coefficient of friction between the thread and the cylinder. P102** Charlie is a first-year student at university, studying integral calculus in mathematics.

P116 P117• Electrical charges are evenly distributed along a long, thin insulating rod AB. Show that at an arbitrary point C (see figure), the electric field due to the rod points in the direction of the bisector of angle ACB. 29 Problems P118 Using the result of the previous problem, determine the direction and magnitude of the electric field in a plane which is perpendicular to a long, charged rod, and contains one of the rod's endpoints. P119 At the beginning of nineteenth century the magnetic field of wires carrying currents was the focus of investigations in physics, both experimentally and theoretically.

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