A student built an electric circuit that consists of an ideal battery, a voltmeter with resistance R_{V}, an ammeter with resistance R_{A} and a resistor R. She connected all elements in the circuit as shown in Fig. (1). The voltmeter showed a reading of 1V and the ammeter showed a current of 1A. Then, another student switched between the voltmeter and ammeter Fig. (2). As a result, the voltmeter showed the reading of 2V and the ammeter showed the current of 0.5A. What is the resistance of the resistor?

# Interesting physics

# The quantum tunneling phenomenon

The quantum tunneling phenomenon is negligible in the classical mechanics.

Show that the tunneling probability equals 0 for an object of mass 0.007 kg moving at a speed of 0.1 m/s against a solid obstacle of height 0.05 m and width 0.01 m.

# To determine the acceleration due to gravity by means of a conical pendulum

A student conducted an experiment to measure the acceleration of gravity. He used a conical pendulum. The conical pendulum is a string with a bob (weight) that revolves around an axis through its point of suspension.

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# A string around the Earth’s equator

Place a string around the Earth’s equator and pull it snug. Add a length of one meter to the string and push it away from the equator an equidistant amount. What is the largest animal, from the list below, that would now be able to walk under the string?

Flea Mouse Dachshund Calf Horse Elephant

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# A block and a triangular wedge move together

A block of mass m and a triangular wedge of mass M move together without slipping due to a pulling force F. The triangular wedge has a slope α. There is no friction between any pair of surfaces. Derive an equation of pulling force.

# What will be needed in order to restore the balance if necessary?

You have a beam balance, the kind of scales that tips from one side to the other, depending on the weight on each side. On the left side lies a kilogram of ice. On the right side lies the standard kilogram. The pans are in balance.

After a while all the ice melted.

Does the balance tip to the right, to the left, or does it remain unchanged?

What will be needed in order to restore the balance if necessary?

# Jar of Flies

A scientist weighs a jar of sleeping flies. Then, he shakes the jar to wake them up. While flies are flying in a closed jar, the scientist weighs the jar again. Does the jar weigh less when the flies are flying?