Homework H5.B - Fa22

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For Part (a), the coefficient of static friction between the sphere and the ramp is sufficiently large that the sphere does not slip as it rolls. Here f ≠ μkN.

For Part (b), the coefficient of friction is reduced such that slipping does occur. Here f = μkN.

Can you see the difference in rotational motion of the sphere between the no-slip and slipping cases?

Four-step plan:

Step 1 - FBD: Draw a free body diagram of the sphere. Take care in getting the direction of the friction force on the sphere correct.

Step 2 - Kinetics: Write down the Newton/Euler equations for the sphere. Be careful with your moment equation - it is recommended that you use a moment equation about the center of mass of the sphere.

Step 3 - Kinematics: For Part (a), C is a no-slip point. Relate the angular acceleration of the sphere to the acceleration of G. For part (b), C is NOT a no-slip point. You cannot relate the angular acceleration back to the acceleration of G through kinematics. Instead you need to use: f = μkN.

Step 4 - Solve


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  1. For part b, how are we supposed to relate the angular acceleration with the acceleration of the center of gravity without using kinematics and using friction ?

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