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Problems in 3rd round

Deadline for posting: January 9, 2017
Deadline for uploading: 2017-01-10 23:59:59 UTC+0100

A booklet with all the problems and the actual chapter of the series (in Czech): PDF

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Problem III . 1 … long film (3 points)

You are downloading your favourite film with file size 12 GB at 10 MB ⁄ s. Assuming the signal travels along a twisted-pair wire at the speed of light and modulation spreads the transmission speed evenly, that is at 1 b ⁄ s we would have to receive 1 second of the signal to acquire 1 bit of information, determine the length of cable filled by the film's data if it travels along a sufficiently long cable.

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . 2 … hellish (3 points)

A road and a pathway, both leading to Hell, lie on different sides of a river. We are moving along the river in the direction shown in the picture. Banks of the river are formed by concentric circular arcs. The pathway leads along one bank, the road along the other and the width of the river is constant. Route along which bank of the river is faster? For every arc, we know the central angle φ12,… and the radius ra1,rb1,ra2,rb2,…, where the suffices a, b denote the left and right bank respectively.

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . 3 … where's the whistle (7 points)

Verca's ears can be aproximated by two point detectors separated by distance d, which can detect incoming sound waves equally well from all directions. Verca can determine the location of a known source extremely well and so, one day, just as she woke up, she asked her friends to test her. However, Verca forgot an earplug in one ear, reducing the intensity in her left ear k times. Verca was blindfolded and a source was placed at a position y in front of her and x to her right (or − x to her left). Determine the position ( x′,y′ )  Verca will point to if she determines the position of the source using the intensity of the sound.

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . 4 … free radar (7 points)

A red marker is placed on every bollard along a road (wavelength of the red colour used is λr = 630 nm). When the driver of a passing car sees the marker as blue (wavelength λb = 450 nm), she knows that she is speeding. What is the car's speed when this happens? What is the momentum and kinetic energy of a typical passenger car at this speed?

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . 5 … pulleying (7 points)

Consider the pulley system in the picture. If the masses mi, radii Ri, and moments of inertia Ji for all pulleys, mass m of the weight, and mass M, radius R, and moment of inertia J of the cylinder are all known, we neglect the weight of pulley 2 and thus consider the ropes leading to pulley 2 as parallel with the inclined plane, the coefficient of friction (both static and kinetic) between the cylinder and the surface is f and the rope does not slip on the pulleys, determine the acceleration (optionally the angular acceleration as well) of the weight m and the cylinder M.

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . P … openhearted (8 points)

Estimate the work performed by the heart pumping blood in one day. What can you compare this energy to? What percentage of the recommended daily energy intake is your estimate?

Solution: PDF
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Problem III . Exp … reflective snap band (12 points)

Measure as many characteristics of a high-vis snap band as you can. We are specifically interested in:

  • The band contains a piece of metal on the inside, which can be bent lengthwise (when coiled) or along the shorter edge (when straight). What are the radii of curvature of these bents if there is no external force?
  • If the band is straight and we start bending it in one place, at what angle will it snap into the bent state? At what angle does it become straight again? (Do we see any hysteresis?)
  • What is the torque required to bend the band?
  • Is one of the states (bent or straight) more energetically favourable? Estimate by how much.
Unfortunatelly, we are unable to mail these bands abroad, we therefore ask that you obtain one yourself and include pictures of the band you used in your solution.

Solution: PDF
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