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Unformatted text preview: Morgan, Mena – Homework 11 – Due: Nov 19 2007, 11:00 pm – Inst: Opyrchal, H 1 This printout should have 10 questions. Multiplechoice questions may continue on the next column or page – find all choices before answering. The due time is Central time. 001 (part 1 of 1) 10 points Consider a basketball rolling (without slip ping) down an inclined plane. The basketball is basically a thin spherical shell, hence its moment of inertia I = 2 3 M R 2 . The acceleration of gravity is 9 . 8 m / s 2 . Given the angle θ = 42 ◦ between the incline and the horizontal, calculate the basketball’s center’s acceleration. Correct answer: 3 . 93449 m / s 2 . Explanation: Rolling motion of the basketball comprises the linear motion of the basketball’s center of mass (which is of course at the geometric center of the ball) and the rotation around the axis going through that center. The rotation governed by the equation I α = τ net , where the right hand side is the net torque of all the forces acting on the basketball. There are three such forces — the basket ball’s weight ~ W = M ~g , the normal force ~ N and the friction force ~ f — but the ~ W and the ~ N act along lines going through the ball’s cen ter and hence have zero lever arms. On the other hand, the lever arm of the friction force is the ball’s radius R , hence τ net = W (0) + N (0) + f R , and consequently I α = f R . Now consider the linear motion of the bas ketball’s center along the incline; by Newton’s Second Law, M a = F net along = M g sin θ f . Since the ball rolls down without slipping, its linear motion is related to its rotation according to v = R ω and hence a = R α . Consequently, I R 2 a = I α R = f , and therefore µ M + I R 2 ¶ a = ( M g sin θ f ) + f = M g sin θ . For a thin spherical shell such as a basket ball, M + I R 2 = M + 2 3 M = 5 3 M . Consequently, 5 3 M a = M g sin θ and there fore a = 3 5 g sin θ = 3 5 (9 . 8 m / s 2 )sin42 ◦ = 3 . 93449 m / s 2 . keywords: 002 (part 1 of 1) 10 points Consider the problem of the solid sphere rolling down an incline without slipping. The incline has an angle θ . The sphere’s length up the incline is ‘ , and its height is h . At the beginning, the sphere rests on the very top of the incline. The sphere has mass M and radius R . The acceleration of gravity is 9 . 8 m / s 2 . Hint: The moment of inertia of a sphere with respect to an axis through its center is 2 5 M R 2 ....
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