# Questions tagged [homework-and-exercises]

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### Why wouldn't this system of equations determine where two balls meet?

A ball is thrown vertically upwards at $5\text{ m/s}$ from a roof top of $100\text{ m}$. The ball B is thrown down from the same point $2\text{ s}$ later at $20\text{ m/s}$. Where and when will they ...
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### Confusion concerning the use of wavenumber in exercise about Fabry-Perot etalon

In the exercise we are given that the spectrum of a light source consists of two spectral lines, which both have wavelengths around $500 \text{ nm}$ and the separation between them - given in ...
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### What would be pressure of 1 kg of photon gas at room temperature put in a volume of 1 liter?

Suppose a number of photons with spectrum corresponding to black body spectrum at 293 K with total energy corresponding to 1 kg put in a box with ideal mirror walls with volume of 1/1000 of a cubic ...
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### I think I disprove this with kinematics, but energy says it is right

http://img710.imageshack.us/img710/914/engkin.jpg! Here is my kinematics argument. For now I am only going to look at ball 2 and ball 3. Make note of the following data. $|v_0| = 10m/s$, $y_0 = 10m$,...
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### Finding time in ballistic problem

The problem is like this: A bullet with mass 15g moving at a speed of 425 m/s is brought to a stop in 3.5 cm in a block of wood. Find the force on the bullet, assuming that it is constant. So ...
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### Internal resistance V=IR circuit question [closed]

I don't know how to resolve this problem. A complete circuit consists of a 18,0 V battery (internal resistance r) and a resistor R. The terminal voltage of the circuit is 15,8 V and the current is ...
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### What happened to the work done by friction here?

Problem/Solution http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1313/88791065.jpg! Question What happened to the work done by friction BEFORE it touched the spring? Why was that neglected? Also they say there ...
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### Two problems with free body diagrams. Contradictions (solutions are provided)

This problem is similar, but also different question from my previous question. They are both unfortunately long. Problem/Solution #1 http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6696/problem2f.jpg! http://...
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### How do I properly use Newton's Third Law and Free Body Diagrams?

A force of 14.0N is applied to a block as shown in the diagram below http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/9337/diagramzw.jpg! If the coefficient of friction is between the surface and the blocks is 0.35 ...
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### Elastic Collision with objects of the same mass

I understand this is a homework problem. I don't expect anyone to do my homework for me, but help me understand what I am doing wrong. The problem goes: Two shuffleboard disks of equal mass, one ...
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### Solar wind and the Earth's magnetic field

I have again an old question from a comprehensive exam I took a couple of months ago. Lucky for me one could pick 5 out of 8 questions, because on some of the problems I didn't even know how to start. ...