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GCE Examinations

Mechanics Module M1
Advanced Subsidiary / Advanced Level

Paper A
Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Instructions and Information
Candidates may use any calculator except those with a facility for symbolic algebra and / or calculus. Full marks may be obtained for answers to ALL questions. Mathematical and statistical formulae and tables are available. This paper has 7 questions. When a numerical value of g is required, use g = 9.8 m s-2.

Advice to Candidates
You must show sufficient working to make your methods clear to an examiner. Answers without working will gain no credit.

Written by Shaun Armstrong & Chris Huffer

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Two particles, P and Q, of mass 2 kg and 1.5 kg respectively are at rest on a smooth, horizontal surface. They are connected by a light, inelastic string which is initially slack. Particle P is projected away from Q with a speed of 7 m s-1. (a) (b) Find the common speed of the particles after the string becomes taut. Calculate the impulse in the string when it jerks tight. (3 marks) (2 marks)


Particle A has velocity (8i – 3j) m s-1 and particle B has velocity (15i – 8j) m s-1 where i and j are perpendicular, horizontal unit vectors. (a) (b) (c) Find the speed of B. Find the velocity of B relative to A. (2 marks) (2 marks)

Find the acute angle between the relative velocity found in part (b) and the vector i, giving your answer in degrees correct to 1 decimal place. (2 marks)


A 2m 4m Fig. 1 2m


Figure 1 shows a uniform plank AB of length 8 m and mass 30 kg. It is supported in a horizontal position by two pivots, one situated at A and the other 2 m from B. A man whose mass is 80 kg is standing on the plank 2 m from A when his dog steps onto the plank at B. Given that the plank remains in equilibrium and that the magnitude of the forces exerted by each of the pivots on the plank are equal, (a) (b) calculate the magnitude of the force exerted on the plank by the pivot at A, (5 marks) find the dog’s mass. (3 marks)

If the dog was heavier and the plank was on the point of tilting, (c) explain how the force exerted on the plank by each of the pivots would be changed. (2 marks)

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A cyclist and her bicycle have a combined mass of 78 kg. While riding on level ground and using her greatest driving force, she is able to accelerate uniformly from rest to 10 m s-1 in 15 seconds against constant resistive forces that total 60 N. (a) Show that her maximum driving force is 112 N. (4 marks)

The cyclist begins to ascend a hill, inclined at an angle α to the horizontal, riding with her maximum driving force and against the same resistive forces. In this case, she is able to maintain a steady speed. (b) (c) Find the angle α, giving your answer to the nearest degree. Comment on the assumption that the resistive force remains constant (i) (ii) 5. 200 N in the case when the cyclist is accelerating, in the case when she is maintaining a steady speed. (2 marks) (4 marks)


Fig. 2 Figure 2 shows a large block of mass 50 kg being pulled on rough horizontal ground by means of a rope attached to the block. The tension in the rope is 200 N and it makes an angle of 40° with the horizontal. Under these conditions, the block is on the point of moving. Modelling the block as a particle, (a) show that the coefficient of friction between the block and the ground is 0.424 correct to 3 significant figures. (6 marks)

The angle with the horizontal at which the rope is being pulled is reduced to 30°. Ignoring air resistance and assuming that the tension in the rope and the coefficient of friction remain unchanged, (b) find the acceleration of the block. (6 marks) Turn over

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