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The motion of a bead on a sinusoidal track. Very tricky and dense, thanks in advance! 
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Oct2611, 04:42 PM

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1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
a If the bead starts at the origin at time t=0, how long does it take for it to reach the end of the track (30m away in the figure)? Provide the answer in terms of v[itex]_{}[/itex]. b How does the parameter α depend on time, ie. what is α(t)? d What is the velocity vector as a function of t (in symbolic form)? e What is the acceleration vector as a function of t (in symbolic form)? f Based on your results for the velocity and acceleration, what is the radius of the "kissing circle" at the top of the track? Recall, the kissing circle at a given point goes through the point, has the same tangent as the curve, and a radius that reproduces the perpendicular component of the acceleration, i.e.: R = →v^2/a? f Will Rbottom the radius of the kissing circle at the bottom of the track be <, > or = to R[itex]_{}[/itex]? h How fast would the rod need to move for the bead to leave the track? Provide an answer in symbolic form and a numerical value for the speed. 3. The attempt at a solution a) I tried approximating the length of the track through simply turning each curve into a line. Then divide the total distance by v[itex]_{}[/itex]? b)α is just the xposition of the bead, so it would increase depending on time. This answer, however, seems WAY too simple...perhaps I am interpreting the question wrong? c) I tried taking the derivative of the given parametric equation...but am not sure how to derive a parametric equation, as it has two parts. d)I suppose I would the derive the equation obtained from deriving the original parametric equation? After this point, I am just hopelessly lost. I think I am having trouble applying the easy concepts I learn from the textbook to more conceptual problems. Any help would be MUCH appreciated! 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution 


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