# PHYSICS CHAPTER 13

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1. The SI base units for spring constant are which of the following?
a. kg·s2
b. kg/m2
c. kg/s2
d. kg·m2
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2. A large spring requires a force of 150 N to compress it only 0.010 m. What is the spring
constant of the spring?
a. 125 000 N/m
b. 15 000 N/m
c. 15 N/m
d. 1.5 N/m
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3. A 0.20-kg object is attached to a spring with spring constant k = 10 N/m and moves with
simple harmonic motion over a horizontal frictionless surface. At the instant that it is
displaced from equilibrium by −0.050 m, what is its acceleration?
a. 1 000 m/s2
b. −40 m/s2
c. 0.1 m/s2
d. 2.5 m/s2
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4. Tripling the weight suspended vertically from a coil spring will result in a change in the
displacement of the spring’s lower end by what factor?
a. 0.33
b. 1.0
c. 3.0
d. 9.0
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5. Tripling the displacement from equilibrium of an object in simple harmonic motion will bring
about a change in the magnitude of the object’s acceleration by what factor?
a. 0.33
b. 1.0
c. 3.0
d. 9.0
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6. A tiny spring, with a spring constant of 1.20 N/m, will be stretched to what displacement by a
0.005 0-N force?
a. 4.2 mm
b. 6.0 mm
c. 7.2 mm
d. 9.4 mm
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7. A mass of 0.40 kg, attached to a spring with a spring constant of 80 N/m, is set into simple
harmonic motion. What is the magnitude of the acceleration of the mass when at its
maximum displacement of 0.10 m from the equilibrium position?
a. zero
b. 5 m/s2
c. 10 m/s2
d. 20 m/s
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8. A mass of 4.0 kg, resting on a horizontal frictionless surface, is attached on the right to a
horizontal spring with spring constant 20 N/m and on the left to a horizontal spring with
spring constant 50 N/m. If this system is moved from equilibrium, what is the effective
spring constant?
a. 30 N/m
b. -30 N/m
c. 70 N/m
d. 14 N/m
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9. Suppose there is an object for which F = +kx. What will happen if the object is moved away
from equilibrium (x = 0) and released?
b. It will move further away with constant velocity.
c. It will move further away with constant acceleration.
d. It will move further away with increasing acceleration.
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10. Which is not an example of approximate simple harmonic motion?
a. A ball bouncing on the floor.
b. A child swinging on a swing.
c. A piano string that has been struck.
d. A car’s radio antenna as it waves back and forth.
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11. If it takes 4.0 N to stretch a spring 6.0 cm and if the spring is then cut in half, what force does
it take to stretch one of the halves 3.0 cm?
a. 2.0 N
b. 4.0 N
c. 8.0 N
d. 16 N
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12. Three identical springs each have the same spring constant k. If these three springs are
attached end to end forming a spring three times the length of one of the original springs,
what will be the spring constant of the combination?
a. k
b. 3 k
c. k/3
d. 1.73 k
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13. A 0.20-kg object is oscillating on a spring with a spring constant of k = 15 N/m. What is the
potential energy of the system when the object displacement is 0.040 m, exactly half the
maximum amplitude?
a. zero
b. 0.006 0 J
c. 0.012 J
d. 2.5 J
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14. A 0.20 kg object, attached to a spring with spring constant k = 10 N/m, is moving on a
horizontal frictionless surface in simple harmonic motion of amplitude of 0.080 m. What is
its speed at the instant when its displacement is 0.040 m? (Hint: Use conservation of energy.)
a. 9.8 m/s
b. 4.9 m/s
c. 49 cm/s
d. 24.5 cm/s
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15. A mass of 0.40 kg, hanging from a spring with a spring constant of 80 N/m, is set into an
up-and-down simple harmonic motion. What is the speed of the mass when moving through
the equilibrium point? The starting displacement from equilibrium is 0.10 m.
a. zero
b. 1.4 m/s
c. 2.0 m/s
d. 3.4 m/s
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6. A mass of 0.40 kg, hanging from a spring with a spring constant of 80 N/m, is set into an
up-and-down simple harmonic motion. What is the speed of the mass when moving through a
point at 0.05 m displacement? The starting displacement of the mass is 0.10 m from its
equilibrium position.
a. zero
b. 1.4 m/s
c. 1.7 m/s
d. 1.2 m/s
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17. A runaway railroad car, with mass 30 × 104
kg, coasts across a level track at 2.0 m/s when it
collides with a spring-loaded bumper at the end of the track. If the spring constant of the
bumper is 2.0 × 106
N/m, what is the maximum compression of the spring during the
collision? (Assume the collision is elastic.)
a. 0.77 m
b. 0.58 m
c. 0.34 m
d. 1.07 m
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18. A 0.20-kg mass is oscillating on a spring over a horizontal frictionless surface. When it is at a
displacement of 2.6 cm for equilibrium it has a kinetic energy of 1.4 J and a spring potential
energy of 2.2 J. What is the maximum speed of the mass during its oscillation?
a. 3.7 m/s
b. 4.7 m/s
c. 6.0 m/s
d. 6.3 m/s
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19. A 0.20-kg block rests on a frictionless level surface and is attached to a horizontally aligned
spring with a spring constant of 40 N/m. The block is initially displaced 4.0 cm from the
equilibrium point and then released to set up a simple harmonic motion. What is the speed of
the block when it passes through the equilibrium point?
a. 2.1 m/s
b. 1.6 m/s
c. 1.1 m/s
d. 0.57 m/s
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20. A 0.20-kg block rests on a frictionless level surface and is attached to a horizontally aligned
spring with a spring constant of 40 N/m. The block is initially displaced 4.0 cm from the
equilibrium point and then released to set up a simple harmonic motion. A frictional force of
0.3 N exists between the block and surface. What is the speed of the block when it passes
through the equilibrium point after being released from the 4.0-cm displacement point?
a. 0.45 m/s
b. 0.63 m/s
c. 0.80 m/s
d. 1.2 m/s
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21. The oxygen molecule (O2) may be regarded as two masses connected by a spring. In
vibrational motion, each oxygen atom alternately approaches, then moves away from the
center of mass of the system. If each oxygen atom of mass m = 2.67 × 10−26 kg has a
vibrational energy of 1.6 × 10−21 J and the effective spring constant is 50 N/m, then what is
the amplitude of oscillation of each oxygen atom?
a. 3.2 × 10−11 m
b. 1.6 × 10−11 m
c. 1.1 × 10−11 m
d. 8.0 × 10−12 m
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22. Suppose a 0.3-kg mass on a spring that has been compressed 0.10 m has elastic potential
energy of 1 J. What is the spring constant?
a. 10 N/m
b. 20 N/m
c. 200 N/m
d. 300 N/m
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23. Suppose a 0.3-kg mass on a spring that has been compressed 0.10 m has elastic potential
energy of 1.0 J. How much further must the spring be compressed to triple the elastic
potential energy?
a. 0.30 m
b. 0.20 m
c. 0.17 m
d. 0.07 m
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24. Suppose a 0.30-kg mass on a spring-loaded gun that has been compressed 0.10 m has elastic
potential energy of 1.0 J. How high above the spring’s equilibrium point can the gun fire the
mass if the gun is fired straight up?
a. 0.10 m
b. 0.34 m
c. 0.24 m
d. 10 m
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25. An ore car of mass 4 000 kg rolls downhill on tracks from a mine. At the end of the tracks,
10.0 m lower in elevation, is a spring with k = 400 000 N/m. How much is the spring
compressed in stopping the ore car? Ignore friction.
a. 0.14 m
b. 0.56 m
c. 1.40 m
d. 1.96 m
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26. An object is attached to a spring and its frequency of oscillation is measured. Then another
object is connected to the first object, and the resulting mass is four times the original value.
By what factor is the frequency of oscillation changed?
a. 1/4
b. 1/2
c. 1/16
d. 4
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27. By what factor must one change the weight suspended vertically from a spring coil in order to
triple its period of simple harmonic motion?
a. 1/9
b. 0.33
c. 3.0
d. 9.0
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28. Which one of the following quantities is at a maximum when an object in simple harmonic
motion is at its maximum displacement?
a. speed
b. acceleration
c. kinetic energy
d. frequency
29. I attach a 2.0-kg block
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29. I attach a 2.0-kg block to a spring that obeys Hooke’s Law and supply 16 J of energy to
stretch the spring. I release the block; it oscillates with period 0.30 s. The amplitude is:
a. 38 cm.
b. 19 cm.
c. 9.5 cm.
d. 4.3 cm.
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30. A mass on a spring vibrates in simple harmonic motion at a frequency of 4.0 Hz and an
amplitude of 8.0 cm. If the mass of the object is 0.20 kg, what is the spring constant?
a. 40 N/m
b. 87 N/m
c. 126 N/m
d. 160 N/m
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31. For a mass suspended on a spring in the vertical direction, the time for one complete
oscillation will depend on:
a. the value for g (the acceleration due to gravity).
b. the distance the mass was originally pulled down.
c. the maximum speed of the oscillating mass.
d. the time doesn’t depend on any of the above.
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32. A car with bad shocks bounces up and down with a period of 1.50 s after hitting a bump.
The car has a mass of 1 500 kg and is supported by four springs of force constant k. What is
k for each spring?
a. 6 580 N/m
b. 5 850 N/m
c. 4 440 N/m
d. 3 630 N/m
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33. A mass on a spring vibrates in simple harmonic motion at a frequency of 4.0 Hz and an
amplitude of 4.0 cm. If a timer is started when its displacement is a maximum (hence x = 4
cm when t = 0), what is the speed of the mass when t = 3 s?
a. zero
b. 0.006 5 m/s
c. 0.015 m/s
d. 0.024 m/s
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34. A mass on a spring vibrates in simple harmonic motion at a frequency of 4.0 Hz and an
amplitude of 4.0 cm. If a timer is started when its displacement is a maximum (hence x = 4
cm when t = 0), what is the acceleration magnitude when t = 3 s?
a. zero
b. 8.13 m/s2
c. 14.3 m/s2
d. 25.3 m/s2
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35. A mass on a spring vibrates in simple harmonic motion at a frequency of 4.0 Hz and an
amplitude of 8.0 cm. If a timer is started when its displacement is a maximum (hence x = 8
cm when t = 0), what is the displacement of the mass when t = 3.7 s?
a. zero
b. 0.025 m
c. 0.036 m
d. 0.080 m
B
36. An object moving in simple harmonic motion has an amplitude of 0.020 m and a maximum
acceleration of 40 m/s2
. What is the frequency of the system?
a. 0.60 Hz
b. 51 Hz
c. 7.1 Hz
d. 16 Hz
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37. Consider the curve x = A sin(kt), with A >
0. At which point on the graph is it possible
that t = 0?
a. Point t1
b. Point t2
c. Point t3
d. Point t4
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38. The motion of a piston in an automobile engine is nearly simple harmonic. If the 1-kg piston
travels back and forth over a total distance of 10.0 cm, what is its maximum speed when the
engine is running at 3 000 rpm?
a. 31.4 m/s
b. 15.7 m/s
c. 7.85 m/s
d. 3.93 m/s
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39. The position of a 0.64-kg mass undergoing simple harmonic motion is given by
x = (0.160 m) cos (πt/16). What is its period of oscillation?
a. 100 s
b. 32 s
c. 16 s
d. 8.0 s
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40. The position of a 0.64-kg mass undergoing simple harmonic motion is given by
x = (0.160 m) cos (πt/16). What is the maximum net force on the mass as it oscillates?
a. 3.9 × 10-3 N
b. 9.9 × 10-3 N
c. 1.3 × 10-3 N
d. 6.3 N
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41. The position of a 0.64-kg mass undergoing simple harmonic motion is given by
x = (0.160 m) cos (πt/16). What is its position at t = 5.0 s?
a. 0.160 m
b. 0.159 m
c. 0.113 m
d. 0.089 m
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42. The kinetic energy of the bob on a simple pendulum swinging in simple harmonic motion has
its maximum value when the displacement from equilibrium is at what point in its swing?
a. zero displacement
b. 1/4 the amplitude
c. 1/2 the amplitude
d. equal the amplitude
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43. If one could transport a simple pendulum of constant length from the Earth’s surface to the
Moon’s, where the acceleration due to gravity is one-sixth (1/6) that on the Earth, by what
factor would the pendulum frequency be changed?
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44. Tripling the mass of the bob on a simple pendulum will cause a change in the frequency of
the pendulum swing by what factor?
a. 0.33
b. 1.0
c. 3.0
d. 9.0
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45. By what factor should the length of a simple pendulum be changed if the period of vibration
were to be tripled?
a. 1/9
b. 0.33
c. 3.0
d. 9.0
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46. A simple pendulum has a period of 2.0 s. What is the pendulum length? (g = 9.8 m/s2
)
a. 0.36 m
b. 0.78 m
c. 0.99 m
d. 2.4 m
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47. A simple pendulum of length 1.00 m has a mass of 100 g attached. It is drawn back 30.0° and
then released. What is the maximum speed of the mass?
a. 1.14 m/s
b. 3.13 m/s
c. 2.21 m/s
d. 1.62 m/s
A
48. A simple pendulum has a mass of 0.25 kg and a length of 1.0 m. It is displaced through an
angle of 30° and then released. After a time, the maximum angle of swing is only 10°. How
much energy has been lost to friction?
a. 0.29 J
b. 0.65 J
c. 0.80 J
d. 1.0 J
A
49. When car shock absorbers wear out and lose their damping ability, what is the resulting
oscillating behavior?
a. underdamped
b. critically damped
c. overdamped
d. hyperdamped
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50. For a wave on the ocean, the amplitude is:
a. the distance between crests.
b. the height difference between a crest and a trough.
c. one half the height difference between a crest and a trough.
d. how far the wave goes up on the beach.
B
51. As a gust of wind blows across a field of grain, a wave can be seen to move across the field
as the tops of the plants sway back and forth. This wave is a:
a. transverse wave.
b. longitudinal wave.
c. polarized wave.
d. interference of waves.
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52. Which of the following is an example of a longitudinal wave?
a. sound wave in air
b. wave traveling in a string
c. both a and b
d. neither a nor b
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53. If the frequency of a traveling wave train is increased by a factor of three in a medium where
the speed is constant, which of the following is the result?
a. amplitude is one third as big
b. amplitude is tripled
c. wavelength is one third as big
d. wavelength is tripled
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54. The wavelength of a traveling wave can be calculated if one knows the:
a. frequency.
b. speed and amplitude.
c. amplitude and frequency.
d. frequency and speed.
C
55. A traveling wave train has wavelength 0.50 m, speed 20 m/s. Find the wave frequency.
a. 0.025 Hz
b. 20 Hz
c. 40 Hz
d. 10 Hz
C
56. A musical tone, sounded on a piano, has a frequency of 410 Hz and a wavelength in air of
0.800 m. What is the wave speed?
a. 170 m/s
b. 235 m/s
c. 328 m/s
d. 587 m/s
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57. If a radio wave has speed 3.00 × 108
m/s and frequency 94.7 MHz, what is its wavelength?
a. 8.78 m
b. 1.20 m
c. 2.50 m
d. 3.17 m
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58. Consider the curve f(x) = A cos(2πx/λ). The
wavelength of the wave will be:
a. the distance 0 to A.
b. twice the distance 0 to A
c. the distance x2 to x3.
d. twice the distance x2 to x3.
C
9. Bats can detect small objects such as insects that are of a size approximately that of one
wavelength. If bats emit a chirp at a frequency of 60 kHz, and the speed of sound waves in air
is 330 m/s, what is the smallest size insect they can detect?
a. 1.5 mm
b. 3.5 mm
c. 5.5 mm
d. 7.5 mm
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60. Waves propagate at 8.0 m/s along a stretched string. The end of the string is vibrated up and
down once every 1.5 s. What is the wavelength of the waves that travel along the string?
a. 3.0 m
b. 12 m
c. 6.0 m
d. 5.3 m
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61. An earthquake emits both P-waves and S-waves that travel at different speeds through the
Earth. A P-wave travels at 8 000 m/s and an S-wave at 4 000 m/s. If P-waves are received at a
seismic station 30.0 s before an S-wave arrives, how far is the station from the earthquake
center?
a. 2 420 km
b. 1 210 km
c. 240 km
d. 120 km
B
62. A long string is pulled so that the tension in it increases by a factor of three. If the change in
length is negligible, by what factor does the wave speed change?
a. 3.0
b. 1.7
c. 0.58
d. 0.33
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63. What is the phase difference when two waves, traveling in the same medium, undergo
constructive interference?
a. 270°
b. 180°
c. 90°
d. 0°
B
64. Tripling both the tension in a guitar string and its mass per unit length will result in changing
the wave speed in the string by what factor?
a. 0.58
b. 1.00 (i.e., no change)
c. 1.73
d. 3.00
A
65. Tripling the mass per unit length of a guitar string will result in changing the wave speed in
the string by what factor?
a. 0.58
b. 1.00 (i.e., no change)
c. 1.73
d. 3.00
B
66. A 2.0-m long piano string of mass 10 g is under a tension of 338 N. Find the speed with
which a wave travels on this string.
a. 130 m/s
b. 260 m/s
c. 520 m/s
d. 1 040 m/s
C
67. Transverse waves travel with a speed of 200 m/s along a taut copper wire that has a diameter
of 1.50 mm. What is the tension in the wire? (The density of copper is 8.93 g/cm3
.)
a. 1 890 N
b. 1 260 N
c. 631 N
d. 315 N
C
68. For a wave traveling in a string, by what factor would the tension need to be increased to
double the wave speed?
a. 1.4
b. 2.0
c. 4.0
d. 16
B
. A wave is traveling in a string at 60 m/s. When the tension is then increased 20%, what will
be the resulting wave speed?
a. also 60 m/s
b. 66 m/s
c. 72 m/s
d. 55 m/s
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70. A wave travels in a string at 60 m/s. A second string of 20% greater linear density has the
same tension applied as in the first string. What will be the resulting wave speed in the
second string?
a. also 60 m/s
b. 66 m/s
c. 72 m/s
d. 55 m/s
B
71. A string is strung horizontally with a fixed tension. A wave of frequency 100 Hz is sent
along the string, and it has a wave speed of 50.0 m/s. Then a second wave, one of frequency
200 Hz, is sent along the string. What is the wave speed of the second wave?
a. 25.0 m/s
b. 50.0 m/s
c. 70.7 m/s
d. 100 m/s
C
72. The superposition principle has to do with which of the following?
a. effects of waves at great distances
b. the ability of some waves to move very far
c. how displacements of interacting waves add together
d. relativistic wave behavior
B
73. Equal wavelength waves of amplitude 0.25 m and 0.15 m interfere with one another. What is
the resulting minimum amplitude that can result?
a. 0.15 m
b. 0.10 m
c. 0 m
d. -0.40 m
B
74. If a wave pulse is reflected from a free boundary, which of the following choices best
describes what happens to the reflected pulse?
a. becomes inverted
b. remains upright
c. halved in amplitude
d. doubled in amplitude
A
75. Consider two identical and symmetrical wave pulses on a string. Suppose the first pulse
reaches the fixed end of the string and is reflected back and then meets the second pulse.
When the two pulses overlap exactly, the superposition principle predicts that the amplitude
of the resultant pulses, at that moment, will be what factor times the amplitude of one of the
original pulses?
a. 0
b. 1
c. 2
d. 4
A
76. Two water waves meet at the same point, one having a displacement above equilibrium of 60
cm and the other having a displacement above equilibrium of 80 cm. At this moment, what is
the resulting displacement above equilibrium?
a. 140 cm
b. 100 cm
c. 70 cm
d. Information about the amplitudes needs to be given to find an answer.

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