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**DISCUSSION THREAD**

* Discussion and hints*:

The solution for the velocity and acceleration of end B is a straight-forward application of the rigid body velocity and acceleration equations for member AB:

**v _{B} = v_{A} + omega x r_{B/A}**

a_{B} = a_{A} + α x r_{B/A} - ω^{2}*r_{B/A}

where * v_{B} = v_{B}* j_hat, a_{B} = a_{B}*j_hat *and

*Each of the two vector equations above represents two scalar equations, providing us with the necessary equations to solve for*

**a**a_{A}=_{A}***(**cos(θ)***i_hat**+ sin(θ)***j_hat**)**.***v*, ω

_{B}*, a*and α. All of the observations made above can be predicted by the above kinematics equations. Instant centers (later on in the course) can prove useful in providing explanations.

_{B}For the inclination angle used in the above simulation, we see that point B moves DOWNWARD along the vertical wall as A moves up along the incline. As B moves onto the same horizontal plane as A, the acceleration of B becomes very large (although A continues to move with a constant speed). Can you provide a physical explanation for this?

If we now consider a steeper inclination angle for A, as used above, we see that end B initially moves UPWARD along the wall; however, at some point B reverses its direction and begins to move DOWNWARD along the wall. Can you provide a physical explanation for this? Note also that the acceleration of B becomes very large as B moves onto the same horizontal plane as A, as it was for the initial value of inclination angle.

What is the value of the incline angle theta that defines the boundary between the types of initial motions for bar AB shown in the above two simulations? For the numerical value of the angle theta provided in the problem statement, which of the two simulations above agree with your results?

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How can I possible find Omega by setting up Vb and Ab equation.

never mind

How can I tell if the speed of B is increasing/decreasing/constant mathematically? I at first thought it would depend on the sign of the acceleration vector, but that's just direction isn't it?

I think it depends on both the sign of acceleration and velocity. If they are in the same direction, then speed increase, if not, speed decrease.

Would the second animation be a better representation of the velocity and acceleration of end B at the given instance theta? Since velocity vector is positive at first, but in opposite direction as acceleration.

Yes I think so. I just looked at the fact that the velocity vector was pointing upwards while the acceleration points down to determine that is was slowing down, like Zhang said above.

Is the velocity at B only in the y direction? I am getting things in both the x and y direction.

JD: You will not be solving for the direction of the velocity of B. Instead, you specify this direction in your analysis and solve for the speed of B.