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# A thin heavy metal plate is being bombarded by a perpendicular beam of gas particles from both sides as shown in the figure. The solid dots are representing the molecules hitting from the left side and the faint dots are the molecules hitting from the right side. The mass of these gas particles is ${\text{m = 1}}{{\text{0}}^{{\text{ - 26}}}}{\text{kg}}$ and velocity before hitting is ${{\text{v}}_{\text{0}}}{\text{ = 5m/s}}$. Volume density of the gas particles on both sides is ${\text{n = 1}}{{\text{0}}^{{\text{25}}}}{\text{ per }}{{\text{m}}^3}$. Each beam has an area ${\text{A = 1}}{{\text{m}}^{\text{2}}}$ and the collisions are perfectly elastic. What is the external force, F (in newton) required to move the plate with a constant velocity ${\text{v = 2m/s}}$

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Hint The given particles are in elastic collision. The initial and final velocities, mass of the particle, the area of the metal plate, and the volume density of the gas is provided. To solve this question we must know the concepts of elastic collision and the collision of particles in one and two dimensions. We know that force can be determined by change in momentum. Use these concepts to find the answer.

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The mass of gas particles is ${\text{m = 1}}{{\text{0}}^{{\text{ - 26}}}}{\text{kg}}$
Velocity before hitting the metal pate (before collision), ${{\text{v}}_{\text{0}}}{\text{ = 5m/s}}$
Velocity after collision, ${\text{v = 2m/s}}$
Volume density of the gas particles is ${\text{n = 1}}{{\text{0}}^{{\text{25}}}}{\text{ per }}{{\text{m}}^3}$
Area of the beam, ${\text{A = 1}}{{\text{m}}^{\text{2}}}$
The external force, F=? (The force required to move the plate with a constant velocity, ${\text{v = 2m/s}}$)
Here the force required to move the plate is determined by the change in the momentum of the particle on the given area of the metal.
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = }}\Delta {\text{PA }} \to {\text{1}}$
F is the force.
$\Delta P$ is the change in the momentum
We know that Momentum is the product of mass and velocity.
Then, the equation 1 becomes,
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = m}}\dfrac{{d{v_0}}}{{dt}}{\text{nA}} - {\text{m}}\dfrac{{dv}}{{dt}}{\text{nA}}$ (mass is constant)
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = mnA}}\left( {\dfrac{{d{v_0}}}{{dt}} - \dfrac{{dv}}{{dt}}} \right)$
Differentiate
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = mnA}}\left( {{v_0}^2 - {v^2}} \right)$
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = mnA}}{\left( {{v_0} + v} \right)^2} - {\left( {{v_0} - v} \right)^2}$
m is the mass
${v_0}$ is the initial velocity
v is the final velocity
n is the volume density of the gas particles
The external force, F=?
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = 2}} \times {\text{1}}{{\text{0}}^{ - 26}} \times {10^{25}} \times 1 \times \left( {{{\left( {5 + 2} \right)}^2} - {{\left( {5 - 2} \right)}^2}} \right)$
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = 2}} \times {\text{1}}{{\text{0}}^{ - 26}} \times {10^{25}} \times 1 \times \left( {49 - 9} \right)$
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = 2}} \times {\text{1}}{{\text{0}}^{ - 26}} \times {10^{25}} \times 1 \times 40$
$\Rightarrow {\text{F = 8N}}$

The external force, F required to move the plate is ${\text{F = 8N}}$

Hint Collision occurs when two objects hit one another. When the object collides with each other its momentum is conserved for an isolated system. The principle of conservation of momentum says that the momentum before collision is equal to the momentum after the collision. The difference between a one dimensional and two dimensional collision is in one dimensional collision, change in velocities of the particles occurs only in one direction so, conservation of momentum is in one direction only whereas in two dimensional, change in velocities of the particles occurs in two direction so, conservation of momentum is in two direction.