Physics Questions and Answers – Oscillations – Simple Harmonic Motion and Uniform Circular Motion

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

1. In the given phasor diagram what should be the minimum velocity of particle 2 at mean position so that it catches particle 1 before it reaches the extreme position? The projection of motion of particle 1 on x-axis is governed by the equation: x = 4sin(2t).

a) 8m/s
b) 16m/s
c) 4m/s
d) 12m/s
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Answer: b
Explanation: 2 has to catch 1 before it covers a quarter of the circle. In this time, 2 will have to cover half the circle. Thus, it should have twice the velocity of particle 1 at each corresponding point. Thus, minimum velocity of particle 2 at mean position is twice that of 1 at mean position
= 2*( 4*2)
= 16m/s.
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2. A ball tied to the end of a string of length 10cm is rotated with constant speed of 2m/s in a circle about the origin. Find the equation of projection of the ball on the x-axis. At t=0, the ball makes an angle of 45° with the x-axis & is travelling in anticlockwise direction.
a) 0.1sin(20t + 3π/4)
b) 0.1cos(20t + π/4)
c) 10sin(20t + π/4)
d) 10cos(20t – 3π/4)
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Answer: a
Explanation: Let the equation of motion be: x = A sin(wt + a). The amplitude is 0.1m, w = 2/0.1 = 20s-1. a will be either π/4 or 3π/4 since at t=0, x = A/√2. The ball is travelling in anticlockwise direction so its velocity of projection at t=0 should be towards the origin and therefore negative. v = Aw cos(wt + a).
At t=0, v is negative, so a will be 3π/4. Therefore eqn is: x = 0.1sin(20t + 3π/4)

3. A ball is hanging from a thread. It is given some speed such that the ball makes a complete circle under the influence of gravity. The projection of the ball on the x-axis will be an SHM. True or False?

a) True
b) False
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Answer: b
Explanation: For the projection of a circular motion to be a SHM, the speed of a particle in circular motion should be constant, but under the influence of gravity, the speed will be variable. Thus, the motion of projection will be oscillatory but not simple harmonic.
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4. If a body in uniform circular motion covers the given angle in 0.5s, what is the time period of projection, on the x-axis, undergoing SHM? Assume it moves anti-clockwise.

a) 4s
b) 1s
c) 2s
d) 3s
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Answer: a
Explanation: The given motion represents the body moving from A/√2 to 0.
The time taken from 0 to A/√2 will also be the same.
wt = angle covered by circular motion, where w is angular frequency = 2π/T.
w*0.5 = π/4. w = π/2.
T = 2π/w = 4s.

5. The angular speed of a body in uniform circular motion is the same as the angular frequency of SHM of its projection. True or False?
a) True
b) False
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Answer: a
Explanation: Let the angular speed of the body be w. Let it start from rest from the x-axis.
At any time the angle it has covered is wt.
The projection on x-axis is then given by: x = Asin(wt).
Thus, angular speed is the same as angular frequency of SHM.

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