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__Problem 1 (25 points)__

Consider a thin uniform disk of mass *M* and radius *a*. The center of the disk is located at the
origin of our coordinate system, and the disk is located in the *xy* plane.

a)
Find
the potential *F* on the *z* axis, a distance *z* from the center of
the disk.

b)
Find
the graviational field on the *z* axis,
a distance *z* from the center of the
disk. Indicate the direction and
magnitude of the gravitational field.

c)
Find
the gravitational force on a mass *m* located at this position. Indicate
the direction and magnitude of the gravitational force.

__Problem 2 (25 points)__

a) Which of the following forces are conservative?

In these equations *a*, *b*, and *c* are constants. Note: your answer must be wel motivated.

b)
For
the conservative forces identified in step a), find the potential energy *U*.

__Problem 3 (25 points)__

Two masses *m*_{1} and *m*_{2} slide freely
on a horizontal frictionless track and are connected by a spring whose force
constant is *k*. Assume the
rest length of the spring is *L*.

a) Write down the differential equation that describes the acceleration of mass 1 in terms of the position of mass 1 and 2.

b) Write down the differential equation that describes the acceleration of mass 2 in terms of the position of mass 1 and 2.

c) Use the two differential equations obtained in parts a) and b) to obtain a differential equation that desrcribes the acceleration of mass 1 in terms of just the position of mass 1.

d) Find the frequency of the oscillatory motion for this system.

__Problem 4 (25
points)__

a.
Consider the Lyapunov exponent as a function of *a* for the logistic equation map, shown in the Figure below. How many solutions are possible when *a* = 3.5? What is the smallest value of *a* for which chaotic motion will occur?

b. Which of the curves in the following figure shows the time dependence of the amplitude of an over-damped oscillator?

c.
Consider a damped and driven pendulum. The Poincare sections for seven
different driving force amplitudes are shown on the right: *F* = 0.4, 0.5, 0.6, 0.7, 0.8, 0.9, and 1.0 N (from top to bottom).

For each Poincare section, indicate if the motion is

1. Simple Harmonic.

2. Periodic.

3. Chaotic.

d. Consider a system that can be described by a second order differential equation. Consider the following three second order differential equations:

The constants in these differential equations are
positive constants. The mass *m* is at rest at time *t* = 0 s and located at *x* = 1 m.

Consider the following phase diagrams. Match each phase diagram to one of these three differential equations.

**Phase diagram # 1.
**

**Phase diagram # 2.
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**Phase diagram # 3.
**

e. What is the nationality of Didi Gregorius?

___ USA

___ The Netherlands

___ South Africa

___ China

___ Brazil

How many times did the Yankees reach the post season since 1921?

___ Between 0 and 9

___ Between 10 and 19

___ Between 20 and 29

___ Between 30 and 39

___ Between 40 and 49

___ Between 50 and 59

___ Between 60 and 69

___ Between 70 and 79

___ Between 80 and 89

___ Between 90 and 99

Last updated on Wednesday, December 20, 2017 14:46

First midterm exam in Phy 235, covering the material of Chapters 1 - 5.