Physics Questions and Answers – Oscillations – Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion

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This set of Physics Multiple Choice Questions & Answers (MCQs) focuses on “Oscillations – Energy in Simple Harmonic Motion”.

1. What is the time period of kinetic energy of a particle in SHM,if the time period of SHM is 4s?
a) 2s
b) 1s
c) 4s
d) 0s
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Answer: a
Explanation: The kinetic energy of a particle in SHM is given by:
0.5mA2w2cos2(wt + a), where a is the phase constant.
cos2(wt + a) = (1 + cos2(wt+a))/2.
Therefore the time period of oscillation of kinetic energy is 4/2 = 2s.
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2. Consider a particle undergoing an SHM of amplitude A & angular frequency w. What is the magnitude of displacement from the mean position when kinetic energy is equal to the magnitude of potential energy?
a) A/2
b) A/√2
c) A/3
d) A/4
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Answer: b
Explanation: Let x = Asin(wt).
∴ Kinetic energy = 1/2 mA2w2cos2(wt)
potential energy = 1/2kA2sin2(wt).
According to given condition:
1/2mA2w2cos2(wt) = 1/2A2w2sin2(wt)
using, k = mw2, we get:
tan2(wt) = 1.
∴ wt = π/4.
∴ x = Asin(π/4) = A/√2.

3. The graph given below represents energy as a function of position. What is the energy of the particle in SHM at x = +1? Given mass of the particle is 2kg, time period =2s, A=1m.

a) 4.87J
b) -5J
c) 9.87J
d) 5J
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Answer: a
Explanation: w = 2π/T = π.
Maximum kinetic energy = 1/2mA2w2, which will be at x=0.
Total energy will be constant,
therefore energy at x=0 is the same as the energy at x = +1.
Thus, energy = 1/2mA2w2 – 5
= (0.5*2*1*9.87) – 5
= 4.87J.
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4. A particle is undergoing SHM. If its potential energy is given by: U = kx2. What will be the value of x for potential energy to be 1/3rd of kinetic energy? Assume k is force constant.
a) A/√7
b) A/√6
c) A/√3
d) A/√2
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Answer: a
Explanation: Let x = Asin(wt).
U = kA2sin2(wt)
K = 1/2mA2w2cos2(wt).
Given: U = 1/3K.
kA2sin2(wt) = (1/3)*(1/2)mA2w2cos2(wt),
and k = mw2.
∴ tan2(wt) = 1/6. Or tan(wt) = 1/√6.
∴ sin(wt) = 1/√7.
x = Asin(wt) = A/√7.

5. A particle is performing a SHM. If its mass is doubled keeping the amplitude and force constant the same, total energy will become how many times the initial value?
a) 2
b) 1/2
c) 4
d) 1
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Answer: a
Explanation: Total energy = 1/2mw2A2.
So, if mass is doubled keeping the amplitude same,
total energy will get doubled.
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6. A particle is in SHM. When displacement is ‘a‘ potential energy is 8J. When displacement is ‘a‘ potential energy is 18J. What will be the potential energy when displacement is ‘a+b’?
a) 50J
b) 26J
c) 10J
d) 30J
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Answer: a
Explanation: 1/2ka2 = 8 & 1/2kb2 = 18.
We have to find value of 1/2k(a + b) 2.
∴ 1/2k(a + b)2 = 8 + 18 + kab
= 26+(k*4*6/k)
= 26 + 24 = 50J.

7. If the total energy of a particle in SHM is 200J, the value of kinetic energy at an instant can be 220J. True or False?
a) True
b) False
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Answer: a
Explanation: The total energy of the particle is the sum of kinetic & potential energy. Potential energy is frame dependent, so it can be negative in some cases. Thus, the value of kinetic energy can exceed total energy.
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8. If the potential energy of the particle is given by: U = x2-8x+16. It starts from rest from x=0. What will be its maximum speed during SHM? Assume the mass of the particle to be 1kg.
a) 4√2m/s
b) 8m/s
c) 2√2m/s
d) 2√6m/s
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Answer: a
Explanation: F = -dU/dx = 8 – 2x.
Particle starts from x=0, so force will increase its speed till force becomes zero at x=4.
Let acceleration be ‘a’.
a = dv/dt = v dv/dx.
And a = F/m = F/1 = 8-2x.
adx = vdv. Now, integrate both sides. The limits of dx will be 0 to 4 and the limits of dv will be 0 to v.
(8x – x2)04 = v2/2.
∴ v = 4√2 m/s.

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