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Unformatted text preview: Equation 6? If you give the pendulum a “kick” as you let it go, will this affect ω ? Why or why not? A photograph of the experimental setup for this part of the laboratory is shown in Figure 5. LoggerPro will record the times at which the pendulum bob passes through the photogate and use them to calculate the period of the pendulum’s oscillation. Figure 5: A picture of the apparatus used for the simple pendulum experiment. Experimental Background: Ball in Dish A ball rolling in a circular dish with a spherically-rounded bottom is another example of a system that undergoes simple harmonic oscillation. Its motion is slightly more complicated than that of the simple pendulum, but we can analyze it in a similar way. First, consider the approximation shown in Figure 6, where the bowl bottom is treated as a plane inclined at a shallow angle θ , where θ also happens to be the ball’s angular displacement from the bottom point of the dish. The linear acceleration of the ball down the “plane” is given by the equation of motion m at = Ff − m g sin(θ ), 90 (9) Figure 6: The more complicated curvature of the bowl bottom is approximated as a simple inclined plane. where Ff is the force of friction. The force of friction also produces a torque on the ball, which causes it to undergo a constant angular acceleration α . The magnitude of the torque the ball experiences is given by τ = I α = −r Ff , (10) where I is the ball’s moment of inertia and r is the ball’s radius. As long as the ball rolls without slipping, its linear and angular acceleration are related by at = α r. (11) Combining Equations 9, 10, and 11 yields at = − g sin(θ ) . 1 + I /mr2 (12) Problem 10.6 Can you derive Equation 12 using Equations 9, 10, and 11? You should know how to do so. If we consider θ , the ball’s angular displacement from the bottom of the dish, as our natural coordinate, and we use the relationship at = (R − r) αθ , 91 (13) where αθ is the ball’s angular acceleration about the center of curvature of the dish, we obtain (R − r)αθ = − gsin(θ ) . 1 + I /mr2 (14) Note that αθ means something very differ...
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## This note was uploaded on 09/13/2011 for the course ECONOMICS 101 taught by Professor Gerson during the Spring '11 term at University of Michigan.

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