Phys104 - How Things Work
University of Maryland, College Park
Fall 2009, Professor: Ted Jacobson
E1.4 means "Exercise 4 of Chapter 1"
P1.8 means "Problem 8 of Chapter 1"
C1.11 means "Case 11 of Chapter 1" - for these see Cases, at Textbook Companion Website
S5.1 means "Supplementary problem 1 for chapter 5, written out here".

HW12 - NOT DUE: this is for your learning experience. Some of the material will be on the exam,
             so I strongly suggest that you try to do the problems. Solutions will be posted Monday
             12/14/09 at noon (or so).

E16.2 (separating Cu-63 and Cu-65)
E16.4 (atomic structure of Fe-58 vs. Co-59)
E16.6 (alpha decay)
E16.8 (beta decay) Add part (b): Answer the second part of the written problem for the specific example of carbon-14.
           (Note "Exercise 9" should be "Exercise 7" in the text of this problem.)

E16.10 (size matters) (The question is, what sets the lower limit on the size?)
E16.28 (magnetic field strength and MRI)

P16.1 (gallium-67 decay after two days) (The numerical answer is in the book. (a) Show how this number is obtained.
          (b) How much gallium-67 remains after two weeks?)

C16.5 (applications of neutron activation)

S12.1 (a) How do X-rays and gamma rays for radiation therapy differ from X-rays for imaging?
(b) How do radiation therapy photons kill cancerous cells?
(c) Name two ways that radiation therapy photons can be produced.
S12.2 An MRI machine could operate with a weaker magnetic field if it could employ more sensitive
radio frequency electromagnetic wave detectors. How would the use of more sensitive detectors compensate
for the use of a weaker magnetic field? (
Use of a weaker field could lower costs, save space and weight,
and operate more safely and with patients that have ferromagnetic metal inside them.)

S12.3 Plutonium-239 is produced in nuclear reactors, and can be used to make a bomb. Why is it much easier
to separate out Pu-239 from the rest of the elements in reaction products than it is to separate out uranium-235 from uranium-238?

HW11 - due at the beginning of class, Monday 12/07/09

E14.13 (colored oil films) [See p. 451-2]
E15.24 (beam waist of blue vs. IR light) [See p. 493-4]
E15.28 (color of DVD surface) [See p. 489]
C15.7 (optical fibers) [See p. 495-6]

S11.1  As mentioned in the textbook, IR laser light with a wavelength of 780 nm in air (effectively vacuum)
has a wavelength of 503 nm in the clear plastic coating of a CD, while maintaining the same frequency. 
This happens because the speed of light is slower in the plastic. [See p. 492, and eqn. (13.2.1).]
If future disc reading technology allows the use of laser light with wavelength 400 nm in vacuum,
what will be the corresponding wavelength in the plastic?

S11.2 In order to fold a long optical path in binoculars into a small space the light must be reflected several times.
This is done, for example, by a "double Porro prism" shown here: (taken from
There are no mirrored (metallic reflecting) surfaces --- only glass prisms are used.
How are the reflections accomplished without mirrors? [See p. 495]

S11.3 Write the answer to life the universe and everything as a binary number.
[Use Google to find the answer to life the universe and everything. Binary numbers explained on p. 406 and in class notes.]

S11.4 The encoded surface area of  a CD is about 86 square centimeters. Given that the shortest pit is
0.83 microns long, and that the sideways spacing is 1.6 microns (see Fig. 15.2.2), the area needed per bit
is roughly (0.83)(1.6) = 1.33 square microns.
(a) Calculate how many bits of information can fit on the CD.
(b) Using the fact that there are 8 bits in a byte, calculate how many bytes can fit.
[Your answer should come out to about 800 million, i.e. 800 MB of data.]

HW10 - due at the beginning of class, Wednesday 12/02/09

E14.10 (refraction of diamond)
E14.20 (yellow paint)
E14.24 (light emission from excited state of sodium)
E14.28 (incandescent vs. neon lamp colors)
C14.1 (color of sky) [See section 14.1]
C14.2 (electronic flash) [See section 14.2]

S14.1 Modern 3D movies are viewed through polarizing eyeglasses. The images intended for the left and right eyes are projected
onto the screen with perpendicular polarizations. (a) Why would it not work to view the 3D movie through ordinary polarizing sunglasses?
(b) How must the polarizers in the viewing eyeglasses be oriented?

HW9 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 11/20/09

E13.14 (spinning magnet) Make this two parts, (a) in the horizontal plane in which the magnet spins, and (b) above the plane.
(Hint: Think of how the magnetic field wiggles to infer the direction of the magnetic field in the wave, and use the relation
between electric and magnetic fields in an electromagnetic plane wave, p. 428, to find the direction of the electric field.)
E13.16 (AM vs. FM fadeout)
E13.22 (oven vs. microwave cooking of a potato) Take the question to be this: how is heat deposited in the potato using the two cooking methods?
E13.28 (synchrotron radiation)
C13.4   (cell phones) (Note: this case has eight parts, so start early!)
S9.1 An induction stovetop puts heat directly into a cooking pan, without even making the stovetop hot (until heat transfers by conduction
from the pan to the stovetop). S
teel or some other ferromagnetic material must be used for the bottom of the cooking pan.
Based on what you know about electromagnetic induction and ferromagnetic materials, explain two different mechanisms
that contribute to the heating effect.

HW8 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 11/06/09

E11.2 (distance dependence of magnetic force between button magnets)
E11.4 (why don't magnet and iron repel?) Expand question: Explain why they attract no matter
            which pole of the magnet is next to the iron pipe. Note: This was discussed in class.
E11.6 (hammering or heating a magnet)
E11.8 (net force on a compass in a uniform field)
E11.19 (magnetic strip reader)
E11.24 (transformer in amplifier)
E11.26 (current in transformer coil) Note: The book gives a formula for this, but I don't quite like the accompanying explanation.
             Perhaps a better way to say it is that the work done by the power supply on the charges in the primary coil is transferred
             via the magnetic field to the secondary coil, where the same amount of work is done on the charges there. As with DC
             circuits, the instantaneous power is VI, where V is the induced emf (see p. 361), which plays the same role as the voltage.
             Setting the power in the primary equal to the power in the secondary gives you the answer to this question.

C11.5 (audio speaker)
C11.2 (electromagnetic trash sorter) (Hint for (b): See  Check your understanding #4 of section 11.2, p.362.)
C11.12 (electric shavers)

HW7 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 10/30/09

E10.14 (car battery voltage) To be specific, compare the energy of one Coulomb of charge.
E10.20 (electric field at battery terminal)
E10.32 (half a plug)
E10.40 (battery testing)
P10.23 (voltage drop in extension cord)
P10.24 (wasted power in extension cord)

S10.1 If lightbulb consumes 60W of power when operating at 120V,
(a) how much current flows through the filament, and (b) what is the resistance of the filament?

S10.2 A rear window defroster strip generates heat due to its electrical resistance when a current flows
through it. If you double the voltage across the strip, what then would be the rate at which it generates heat,
compared to the original rate P?
S10.3 A clothes dryer can be set to run until the clothes reach a certain level of dryness.
To measure the dampness of the clothes the dryer employs a pair of electrical temperature
sensors, one located before where the heated air enters the drying drum, and the other located
downstream, where air heads out to the vent.
(a) How can temperature be sensed electrically?
(b) How can the two temperature measurements be used to determine the dampness of the clothes?
(Hint: For (a) see p. 333. For (b) look back at Ch. 7, pp. 218-219.)

S10.4 Last month PEPCO billed me for $112.46 for 920 kWh of electrical use.
(a) How many joules of electrical energy did I use?
(b) How much am I paying per million joules?
(Note: 1 kWh = 1 kilo-watt-hour)

HW6 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 10/23/09.

E10.26 (electric field at tree top) (Hint: Read pp. 321-22.)
P10.10 (electric field from force) Consider the stated problem part (a), and give the answer in units of both N/C and V/m.
            Add (b) If the electric field is constant along a vertical line 1 cm long, what is the voltage drop from one end of the line to the other?

C10.2 (Van de Graaff generator)
C10.3 (spark lighters)

S6.1 A certain compact fluorescent bulb operates on a potential difference of 120 volts between the ends of a (twisted)
40 cm long tube. If the voltage drops unifromly along the length along the tube from one end to the other, what is the magnitude
of the electric field at any point inside the tube? Give your answer both in N/C and in V/m.
(Hint: See "Check your figures #2" on p. 321.)

S6.2 You stick two pieces of adhesive tape on a glass window and then pull them off suddenly. If you now hold the tape pieces
near each other, will they attract, repel, or do nothing to each other. Explain your answer.

S6. 3 Suppose you have two identical metal spheres on insulating stands and a balloon.
You rub the balloon on your hair and then touch it to one sphere, charging the sphere.
Then you place the two spheres in contact. As a result of these operations, which of the
following will happen, and why:
A) the two spheres will wind up neutral
B) the first sphere will remain charged and the second sphere neutral
C) the second sphere will wind up charged and the first sphere neutral
D) the second sphere will pick up a little bit of charge from the first
E) the two spheres will wind up equally charged

S6.4 Suppose you have the same two spheres of S6.3, both initially neutral.
You place the spheres in contact,
rub the balloon on your hair, and then
bring the balloon near to but not touching one of the spheres. You then
separate the spheres, and then remove the balloon. As a result of these operations
which of the following will happen, and why:
A) the two spheres will each wind up neutral
B) the two spheres will wind up oppositely charged
C) the two spheres will wind up with equal charges
D) the sphere closer to the balloon will become charged and the farther sphere will not
E) the sphere farther from the balloon will become charged and the closer sphere will not

HW5 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 10/16/09.

E9.9 (pitch of guitar string) Note that this is an odd-numbered problem, so the "answer" is in the back of the book.
         For this assignment explain, from first principles, WHY this is the answer, for the case of mass, tension, and length.
E9.10 (effect of temperature on violin string pitch)
E9.14 (organ pipe filled with helium)
E9.16 (trumpet vs. tuba)
E9.30 (gong overtones)
E9.32 (string bass body)
E9.42 (pulsing pair of propellers)
S9.1  Figures 9.2.3,4 illustrate the string motion in the first three vibrational modes (the fundamental, second and third harmonic)
         of a vibrating string. Draw similar diagrams for the air pressure deviations in the first three modes of (a) a pipe open at both
          ends, and (b) a pipe closed at one end and open at the other. (c) If the pipes in (a) and (b) have the same length, what
         exactly is the relation between the frequencies of their fundamental modes, and why?

E10.4 (bowling balls and charges)
P10.2 (electrostatic force on socks)
S10.1 A balloon rubbed on your hair will acquire negative charge, and will then stick to a neutral surface like a wall. 
          Explain the origin of the force of attraction between the charged balloon and the neutral wall.

HW4 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 10/2/09.

E7.20 (wine bottle in ice water)
E7.24 (steamed vegetables)
E8.6 (car knocking on a hot day)
E8.8 (airplane air conditioning)

P8.6 (freezer work) Modify the problem:
a. By how much does the entropy of the food decrease?
b. By how much does the entropy of the room increase?
c. How much heat is added to the room?
d. The answer to c is greater than 100 J, since 300K is greater than 260K.
The source of the extra heat must be the work done by the freezer. How much work is that?

P8.8 (heat pump work) Modify the problem:
a. How much does the entropy of the room increase?
b. How much does the entropy of the outdoor air decrease?
c. How much heat is extracted from the outdoor air?
d. The answer to c is less than 1000 J, since 260K is less than 300 K. The source of the extra
heat must be the work done by the heat pump. How much work is that?

P8.10 (airplane engine work) Modify the problem:
a. What fraction of the heat leaving the burned gases is discarded as heat to the air?
b. What fraction
of the heat leaving the burned gases is converted to work?

C8.2 (refrigerator)

Note on P8.6,8,10: These problems can be solved using the formulas in the book, or better yet in my
lecture notes posted at the course web page, that relate the heat transfer, work, and temperatures for
ideal heat pumps
and heat engines. However it is more informative to use directly the fact that in an ideal
heat pump or engine, the total entropy is unchanged.
I have modified the problems to this end. Refer to
the lecture notes for a discussion of the entropy change Q/T.

HW3 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 9/25/09.

E5.4 (grocery freezer displays)
E5.16 (lowest thermometer readings)
P5.2 (force of air on book cover)
P5.4 (air compressor pressure)
P5.5 (fridge pressure change) To simplify this problem, instead of finding the change of the pressure, just find the
         of the cold pressure to the room temperature pressure.
(Note: Don't forget to use the absolute temperature scale!)
E7.12 (how space shuttle dumps heat)
C7.3 (electric oven) and/or
C7.8 (duck warmth) (It's important for this case that both fat and oil are relatively poor heat conductors, compared to water or body tissue.)
C7.9 (tight-fitting metal parts) (See page 229 for a discussion of thermal expansion, and the demo,

HW2 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 9/18/09.

C1.5 (takeoff and landing on aircraft carrier)
C1.12 (cable cars in San Francisco)
E2.16 (bottle opener)
E2.22 (horse and cart)
E2.26 (force on bicycle) This is could be phrased more precisely. Let's make it:
"What is exerting the forward force that accelerates the system consisting of you and the bicycle?"
E2.28 (friction on sled) Make this two parts: (a) if you are pulling horizontally, (b) if you are pulling diagonally upward.
P2.6  (nutcracker)

P5.7 (water displaced by boat) (Note: Give both the mass and the volume of the displaced water.)
C5.2 (bass air bladder) Assume the fresh and saltwater bass have the same mass.
S5.1 (melting icebergs) Ice floats on water because when water freezes and becomes ice, the density drops by about 10%.
When a floating iceberg melts, the sea level does not go up (or down), but rather stays exactly the same. Explain clearly
why this is so. (By contrast, if ice intially on land slides into the ocean and melts, then of course the sea level rises.)

HW1 - due at the beginning of class, Friday 9/11/08.

E1.8 (carousel velocity)
(Book: Why is your velocity continuously changing as you ride on a carousel?)
Let's make this problem four parts: (a) How is your velocity vector is changing?
(b) What is the direction of your acceleration vector at any moment?
(c) What agent is exerting the force on your body making your velocity change?
(d) What is the direction of that force vector?

E1.10 (coffee grinder)
(Book: One type of home coffee grinder has a small blade that rotates very rapidly and cuts the beans into powder.
Nothing prevents the coffee beans from moving so why don't they get out of the way when the blade begins to push on them?)

E1.14 (falling ball)
(Book: A ball falls from rest for 5 seconds. Neglecting air resistance, during which of the 5 seconds does the ball's speed increase most?)

E1.22 (force on Metro train cars)
(Book: What is the net force on (a) the first car, (b) the middle car, and (c) the last car of a metro train traveling at constant velocity?)
Hint :  What is the acceleration of the cars?

E1.34 (work when sawing)
(Book: You're cutting wood with a handsaw. You have to push the saw away from you as it moves away from you
and pull the saw toward you as it moves toward you. When are you doing work on the saw?)

E1.38 (roller skating uphill)
(Book: When you're roller skating on level pavement, you can maintain your speed for a long time.
But as soon as you start up a gradual hill, you begin to slow down. What slows you?)

Let's make this problem two parts: (a) What agent exerts the horizontal force that decreases your horizontal velocity?
(b) What agent exerts the vertical force that initially increases your upward, vertical velocity as you start rollling up the hill?

P1.8 (sprinter acceleration)
(Book: A sprinter can reach a speed of 10m/s in 1 s. If the sprinter's acceleration is constant during that time,
what is the sprinter's acceleration?)

P1.10 (mass and weight)
(Book: How much does a 60 kg person weigh on earth?)
(Give your answer in Newtons.)

(hydroelectric power)
(Book: As water descends from the top of a tall hydroelectric dam, its gravitational potential energyis converted to
electric energy. How much gravitational potential energy is released when 1000 kg of water descends 200 m to the  generators?)
Consider the book's problem to be part (a). Add two parts:
(b) If a human can do work at at rate of 1000 J/s, how long would it take a human to deliver
the same total energy as the ton of water falling off the dam? (c) How many pieces of cherry pie
(see page 30) would you have to consume to obtain the energy required to do this much work?

(work when sanding)
(Book: You're sanding a table. You must exert a force of 30 N on the sandpaper to keep it moving steadily
across the table's surface. You slide the paper back and forth for 20 minutes, during which time you move it 1000 m.
How much work have you done?)
Consider the book's problem to be part (a). Add part: (b) What is the average power you have supplied?