
Exercises and problems in Physics
April 1999 
New experimental problem:
m. 206. Measure to what extent perforation decreases
the tensile strength of paper. You may use paper perforated in the
factory for the experiments (e.g. memo pad), but you can also make
perforations with holes at given distances using a sewingmachine. (6
points)
New exercises:
FGy. 3244. How many litres of air does the aerator of a
20litre aquarium suck in per minute if a bubble spends an average of
2 seconds in the water and a wooden cube with a density of
980 kg/m^{3} floats in the bubbly
water? (3 points)
FGy. 3245. When making soda water, 22 % of the carbon
dioxide dissolves in 1 litre of water above which there was
initially 2 dl of `empty' space. How many grams of CO_{2} should there at least be in the cartridge to
press the soda out? (4 points)
FGy. 3246. In the morning, at a temperature of
10^{o}C, a tube with a length of
100 cm, closed at one end, is slightly immersed into water in a
vertical position, its open end downwards. (The end of the tube
touches the water, but the immersion is negligible.) The position of
the tube is not changed during the day. In the evening  when the
temperature is again 10^{o}C  there is a
5 cm high column of water in the tube.
a) What was the maximum daily temperature?
b) When is the internal energy of the air enclosed in the tube
higher: in the morning or at the maximum daily temperature?
The atmospheric pressure is 10^{5} Pa all day and the density of water can be
considered as 1000 kg/m^{3}. (4
points)
FGy. 3247. The
initially square, jointed system shown in the figure consists of 4
homogeneous rods of length l and mass m and an
unstretched spring with spring constant D. What is the length
of the spring at the equilibrium position of the system? (5 points)
FF. 3248. When does a
skier reach the bottom of the slope more quickly: when the slope is a
convex or a concave circular arc? The radius of the circular arcs is
identical, friction is negligible. (4 points)
New problems:
FF. 3249. The maximum power output of a galvanic cell
is P and we have 60 such cells. In what arrangements and
across what external resistances can exactly 60 P be taken out
of them? (4 points)
FF. 3250. Estimate the minimum proportion of a fast
neutron beam that can penetrate a 10 cm thick iron plate. (4 points)
FF. 3251. A solid, homogeneous ball of radius r
is spun about a horizontal axis with angular velocity _{0}. The
spinning ball is dropped from height h=_{0}^{2}r^{2}/(2g). The collision number between the
ball and the ground is k, the coefficient of friction is . In what conditions will the ball not roll
yet, but slide and spin when it stops bouncing? (5 points)
FF. 3252. What is the stronger limit for the resolution
of human eye: the size of the pupil or the density of the neurones in
the retina? (5 points)
New advanced problem:
FN. 3253. A tube of
mass M, radius R and with thin walls can revolve freely
about a horizontal axle. Inside, another tube of mass m and
radius r can roll without sliding.
a) How many degrees of freedom does this system have? (How many
independent data can describe its position in each instant?
b) Chose appropriate coordinates and give the equations of motion
using them.
c) Solve the equations in the case when the larger tube is initially
at rest and the smaller one is moving at a low velocity at its bottom
position. (6 points)
Bonus problem (April special): Can we experience 10 Sundays
in February in a year?
