MEGR 3121, Dynamics Systems – I
HW # 1, Due: February 5, 2014
Clearly define your coordinate system and its origin. If a question asks for a vector
quantity, you must specify both magnitude and direction in your answer. Units must be
Q1) Suppose a person unwisely drives 75 mph (uniform speed) in a 55 mph zone and
passes a police car going 55 mph in the same direction. If the police officer begins
constant acceleration at the instant he is passed and increases his car’s velocity to 80 mph
in 4 seconds, how long does it take him to be even with the pursued car?
Q2) The position coordinate of a particle which is confined to move along a straight line
(say, X-axis) is given by s = (-2+3t)e –0.5t
, where s is measured in meters from a
convenient origin and t is in seconds. Figure below depicts the s-t graph of the particle’s
a) Compute the net displacement of the particle from t = 0.5 sec to t = 7.5 sec.
b) What are the average speed and the average velocity of the particle from t = 0 sec to t
= 10 sec?
c) What is the instantaneous velocity of the particle at time t = 5 sec? What is the
instantaneous speed of the particle at t = 5 sec?
d) What is the average acceleration of the particle from t = 0 sec to t = 10 sec?
e) What is the instantaneous acceleration of the particle at t = 7 sec?
Q3) A 200-gram ball is tossed straight up with an initial speed of 10 m/s from a window
located 20 m above the ground. Determine
a) the velocity v and elevation y of the ball above the ground at any instant
b) the highest elevation reached by the ball and the time it took to reach that point c) the time when the ball will hit the ground and the corresponding velocity d) the acceleration of the ball when it is at the highest point and when it is just about
to hit the ground
Draw v-t and y-t graphs.
Q4) A projectile is launched from A with the initial conditions shown in the figure.
Determine how far down the incline the projectile lands (i.e. find L). Also, calculate the total
time of flight and the velocity with which the projectile impacts point B. [g = 10 ms -2
Fix the standard Cartesian system at A and use it to express the coordinates of B in terms
of L]. Ignore drag.
Q5) With what minimum horizontal velocity u should the boy throw a ball from point A so
that it just clears the obstruction at B.? Assume the wind gives the ball an additional uniform
acceleration in the direction shown. [g = 10 ms -2
Q6) The aerodynamic resistance to motion of a car is nearly proportional to the square of
its velocity. Additional friction resistance is constant, so that the acceleration of the car
when coasting under braking may be written as a = -C1-C2v 2 , where C1 = 2 m/s
2 , C2 =
0.004 m -1
. If the car has an initial velocity v0 = 60 mph, when the engine is disengaged,
i) find the distance D required for the car to coast to a stop, and ii) find the time it takes to come to a halt.
800 m 20°
Acceleration due to wind,
1 ms -2
Q7) Jill shoots an arrow from the top of a tower with a speed of 10 m/s. The height of the
tower is 50 meters.
a) At what angle should Jill launch her arrow to maximize her range of shot? b) Compute this range (i.e. distance from the base of tower where the arrow lands).
Repeat a) and b) assuming Jill is standing on ground (i.e. at the base of the tower).
Take g = 10 m/s 2 . Neglect air drag.
Q8) An elevator starts from rest and rises 40 m to its maximum velocity in T seconds
with the acceleration record shown in the figure below. Determine a) the time T, b) the
maximum velocity, c) the velocity and position of the elevator at t = T/2.