Question 6

Which of the following is the most precise device for measuring length:

(a) a vernier callipers with 20 divisions on the sliding scale

(b) a screw gauge of pitch 1 mm and 100 divisions on the circular scale

(c) an optical instrument that can measure length to within a wavelength of light ?

Answer

A device with minimum count is the most suitable to measure length.

(a) Least count of vernier callipers

= 1 standard division (SD) -1 vernier division (VD)

= 1- 9/10 = 1/10 0.01 cm

(b) Least count of screw gauge = Pitch / Number of divisions

= 1/1000 = 0.001 cm

(c) Least count of an optical device = Wavelength of light ≈ 10^{-5} cm

= 0.00001 cm

Hence, it can be inferred that an optical instrument is the most suitable device to measure length.

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- Q:- Give the magnitude and direction of the net force acting on

(a) a drop of rain falling down with a constant speed

(b) a cork of mass 10 g floating on water

(c) a kite skillfully held stationary in the sky

(d) a car moving with a constant velocity of 30 km/h on a rough road

(e) a high-speed electron in space far from all material objects, and free of electric and magnetic fields. - Q:-
State the number of significant figures in the following:

(a) 0.007 m

^{2}(b) 2.64 x 10

^{24}kg(c) 0.2370 g cm

^{-3}(d) 6.320 J

(e) 6.032 N m

^{-2}(f) 0.0006032 m

^{2} - Q:-
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(a) just after it is dropped from the window of a stationary train,

(b) just after it is dropped from the window of a train running at a constant velocity of 36 km/h,

(c) just after it is dropped from the window of a train accelerating with 1 m s 2,

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The percentage errors of measurement in a, b, c and d are 1%, 3%, 4% and 2%, respectively. What is the percentage error in the quantity P ? If the value of P calculated using the above relation turns out to be 3.763, to what value should you round off the result ?

">A physical quantity P is related to four observables a, b, c and d as follows :

The percentage errors of measurement in a, b, c and d are 1%, 3%, 4% and 2%, respectively. What is the percentage error in the quantity P ? If the value of P calculated using the above relation turns out to be 3.763, to what value should you round off the result ?

- Q:-
A large steel wheel is to be fitted on to a shaft of the same material. At 27 °C, the outer diameter of the shaft is 8.70 cm and the diameter of the central hole in the wheel is 8.69 cm. The shaft is cooled using ‘dry ice’. At what temperature of the shaft does the wheel slip on the shaft? Assume coefficient of linear expansion of the steel to be constant over the required temperature range: αsteel = 1.20 x 10

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(a) In a sound wave, a displacement node is a pressure antinode and vice versa,

(b) Bats can ascertain distances, directions, nature, and sizes of the obstacles without any eyes,

(c) A violin note and sitar note may have the same frequency, yet we can distinguish between the two notes,

(d) Solids can support both longitudinal and transverse waves, but only longitudinal waves can propagate in gases, and

(e) The shape of a pulse gets distorted during propagation in a dispersive medium.

- Q:-
State the number of significant figures in the following:

(a) 0.007 m

^{2}(b) 2.64 x 10

^{24}kg(c) 0.2370 g cm

^{-3}(d) 6.320 J

(e) 6.032 N m

^{-2}(f) 0.0006032 m

^{2} - Q:-
(Figure 3.22)

">Suggest a suitable physical situation for each of the following graphs (Fig 3.22):

**(a)**(Figure 3.22)

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">A physical quantity P is related to four observables a, b, c and d as follows :

- Q:-
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^{–1}. What is the direction of acceleration during the upward motion of the ball? What are the velocity and acceleration of the ball at the highest point of its motion?Choose the x = 0 m and t = 0 s to be the location and time of the ball at its highest point, vertically downward direction to be the positive direction of x-axis, and give the signs of position, velocity and acceleration of the ball during its upward, and downward motion. To what height does the ball rise and after how long does the ball return to the player’s hands? (Take g = 9.8 m s

^{–2}and neglect air resistance).A player throws a ball upwards with an initial speed of 29.4 m s

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- Q:-
A train, standing at the outer signal of a railway station blows a whistle of frequency 400 Hz in still air.

(i) What is the frequency of the whistle for a platform observer when the train

(a) approaches the platform with a speed of 10 m s

^{-1},(b) recedes from the platform with a speed of 10 m s

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A LASER is a source of very intense, monochromatic, and unidirectional beam of light. These properties of a laser light can be exploited to measure long distances. The distance of the Moon from the Earth has been already determined very precisely using a laser as a source of light. A laser light beamed at the Moon takes 2.56 s to return after reflection at the Moon's surface. How much is the radius of the lunar orbit around the Earth?

- Q:-
Fill in the blanks

(a) The volume of a cube of side 1 cm is equal to.....m

^{3}(b) The surface area of a solid cylinder of radius 2.0 cm and height 10.0 cm is equal to ... (mm)

^{2 }(c) A vehicle moving with a speed of 18 km h

^{–1}covers....m in 1 s(d) The relative density of lead is 11.3. Its density is ....g cm

^{–3}or . ...kg m^{–3}.

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