An Empire starship fires at Skywalker’s ship


An Empire starship fires a beam of electrons at Skywalker’s ship. Each electron has an initial kinetic energy of 1.6×10−17 J. The Skywalker’s ship has been fitted out with the electrostatic shield technology for defense against electron beam weapons. The electric field of the shield points directly inward. If the electrons stop after travelling 83 m, what is the size of the electric field generated by the ship’s shield? Please ignore relativistic effects.

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A block is attached to a spring


A 15 kg block is firmly attached to a very light horizontal spring (k = 550 N/m) and resting on a smooth horizontal table. Suddenly it is struck horizontally by a 3 kg stone travelling with a velocity of 8 m/s to the right, whereupon the stone rebounds at 2 m/s to the left. Find the maximum distance that the block will compress the spring after the collision.

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A planet X around a star S

The diagram shows an approximate orbit of a planet X around a star S.


Which of the following statements is false?

(a) The planet moves in an ellipse with the star at one focus.
(b) The planet moves at the same speed at points A and C.
(c) The planet moves fastest at point D.
(d) The potential energy of the planet changes during the orbit.


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Human-Powered Helicopter

HPHA student builds a human-powered helicopter (HPH). It is a helicopter powered by one person carried on board and the power is generated by pedaling.
This human-powered helicopter has the following parameters: diameter of helicopter rotor blades is 15 meters and total mass is 100 kg. The air density 1.3 kg/m^3.

Can the HPH take off?

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Kinetic energy of the bicycle

sunsetmtbA bicycle has a kinetic energy of 100 J. What kinetic energy would the bicycle have if it had one half of the mass and was moving with twice the speed?

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