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Nov1604, 08:14 PM

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A ball of mass m is being pushed off the top of a frionctless semi dome by a small negligible force. Find the angle where the ball left the surface.
I know how to solve this problem, but I don't understand the concept behind it. Why does the normal force have to equal the centripeal force at the angle of departure a?? ie mg cos a = mv^2/R 


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Nov1604, 08:58 PM

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the centripetal for is the force that is force that is directed down toward the center of the dome it is sliding on/around, the centripetal force is holding it onto the dome. so what those forces are equal at thay instant, there is no acceleration, or ner force toward or away from the dome, a moment before and it would still be pressing up against the dome, and a moment after and it will be accelerating away from the dome. at the instant the forces are equal, the object looses contact and then starts to move away once the force pushing it away becomes greater. 


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