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Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 5, Problem 12


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Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 2, Problem 23

By umajacobshome on Thu, 08/02/2018 - 20:28

hi why in the bottom equation can you just say that average velocity is the two terms summed and divided by two if average velocity was previously defined as displacement over time? This seems like the equation for speed

By Mr. Dychko on Fri, 08/03/2018 - 11:23

Hi umajacobshome, thanks for the question. Average velocity is indeed defined as displacement over time, as you say. There is a special case though when acceleration is constant, in that the average velocity in this case can also be calculated as the sum of the initial and final velocities divided by 2. Written as an equation, that is to say $v_{avg} = \dfrac{v_i + v_f}{2}$ in the special case when acceleration doesn't change.

Hope this helps,
Mr. Dychko

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 24, Problem 29

By justin.sunny.bains on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 16:06

Why is m 1.5 and not just 1?

By Mr. Dychko on Mon, 07/30/2018 - 17:58

Hi justin.sunny.bains, thanks for the questions. We're looking at a diffraction pattern here, and I would suggest referring to Figure 24-21 from the textbook to see the pattern of minima in the diffraction pattern. They occur at integer multiples of the wavelength. The twist in this question is that it tells us the position of the maxima, for which we need to deduce a formula from Figure 24.21. The maxima occur half way between the minima, so we need to add 1/2, as in $D \sin{\theta} = (m + \dfrac{1}{2})\lambda$.

Best wishes with your studies,
Mr. Dychko

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 21, Problem 12

By justin.sunny.bains on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 17:23

Should the answer be negative?

By Mr. Dychko on Tue, 07/24/2018 - 20:27

Hi justin.sunny.bains, thanks for your question. I suppose the better answer would have a negative sign, but I didn't feel it was that important in this case. The negative sign is meant to indicate that the induced EMF creates an induced magnetic flux that opposes the change in magnetic flux in the solenoid. This means the induced EMF will have a direction opposite to the EMF that increased to the 5.0 A current. Outside of that, we don't really have a circuit diagram with a specific direction specified, so it's not really clear otherwise what direction a negative sign would mean. Nevertheless, given a choice between the two answers, including a negative would be a marginally better answer.

Best wishes with your studies,
Mr. Dychko

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 4, Problem 22

By chaegyunkang on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 15:55

where is the normal force for part a) ?

By chaegyunkang on Sun, 07/01/2018 - 18:57

Oh, I realized that free body diagram only shows the forces acting on the object, not on other objects....

By Mr. Dychko on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:21

Yep, you got it! :)

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 19, Problem 20

By cm2hn on Sat, 06/30/2018 - 21:13

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By Mr. Dychko on Mon, 07/02/2018 - 15:20

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Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 3, Problem 16

By chaegyunkang on Wed, 06/27/2018 - 20:21

I think the answer to this question is wrong. The coordinate of the resultant vector is (-142.2 , 65) which means that it is located in quadrant 2. Since the value of tangent is negative in quadrant 2 it makes sense as well. The angle is 24.56 degrees above the negative x - axis, not positive x-axis.

By Mr. Dychko on Fri, 06/29/2018 - 18:19

Hi chaegyunkang, thank you for spotting that, and for the thoughtful analysis. You're quite right! I'll change the written answer, and made a note about the video.
All the best with your studies,
Mr. Dychko

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 3, Problem 48

By brysongrondel on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 20:49

If I am not familiar on the sine law and I am not being instructed in the sine/cosine law, what formulas from the book can be used to arrive at the same solutions?

By Mr. Dychko on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 21:17

So... the alternative to using the sine law here (or cosine law in other questions) is to do a lot of work resolving vectors into components, adding those components, then using the Pythagorean Theorem to turn the resultant components into the final resultant vector. The sine and cosine laws are designed to make the solution much, much quicker, and I'm quite sure the time you put into learning them will pay off by avoiding the much larger amount of time dealing with components. Places to start would be and Short term pain for long term gain!
Good luck,
Mr. Dychko

Giancoli 7th Edition, Chapter 3, Problem 47

By brysongrondel on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 19:58

I'm confused on why the last problem did not utilize the Pythagorean theorem to find the actual speed traveled by the swimmer and the actual distance traveled, but for this problem, we did both... I solved the last problem (#46) using the a^2 + b^2 approach and found the angle using the inverse tangent, but my answer was wildly different. Any insight into how to reconcile this in my brain?

By Mr. Dychko on Sat, 06/02/2018 - 21:12

Hi brysongrondel, thanks for the question. I understand that something here is confusing, but it isn't clear to me which question/solution you're comparing with, since #46 isn't really comparable to this one... I notice you asked another question, so I'll follow up there.

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