# Block moving on a circular track-Work energy Circular Motion problem

by Tanya Sharma
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 P: 1,344 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A block of mass 1 Kg initially at rest at point B is being pulled by a constant force F= 100N along a smooth circular track of radius 10 m . Find the velocity of the block when it reaches point P making an angle 60 with the vertical. 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution KE1+PE1+W[F]=KE2+PE2 Now KE1=PE1=0 assuming reference level to be at B. KE2=1/2(mv[2] PE2=mgl(1-cos60°) W[F]=? How do we calculate work done by force F? My understanding says that angle between constant force and displacement changes continuously as the block moves along the track.Please help me.Thanks... Attached Thumbnails
 P: 963 F is a conservative force.
 P: 1,344 No... F is force applied by some external agent.
 P: 1,344 Block moving on a circular track-Work energy Circular Motion problem The block is pulled via a light inextensible string by external force F.
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma How do we calculate work done by force F? My understanding says that angle between constant force and displacement changes continuously as the block moves along the track.
Yes, the angle continually changes but luckily the force is constant. What's the displacement in the direction of that constant force?
 P: 1,344 Thanks Doc Al ...I have thought about displacement in the direction of constant force but not able to comprehend ...Sorry......please explain
 P: 1,344 I feel the direction of force is continuously changing as the block moves.
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma I feel the direction of force is continuously changing as the block moves.
So it's not a constant force? Did you misstate something in the problem statement?
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A block of mass 1 Kg initially at rest at point B is being pulled by a constant force F= 100N along a smooth circular track of radius 10 m .
Tanya, is the magnitude of the force constant and acting along the track or is it really a constant horizontal force? The drawing suggest a constant horizontal force.

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 P: 1,344 The block is being pulled by a light inextensible string which passes over a small frictionless massless pulley . The string is pulled by a constant horizontal force of magnitude 100 N .
 P: 1,344 What i meant by change of direction of force is that the magnitude of tension in the string pulling the block will remain constant but the direction of this tension force changes.Whereas the displacement of the block is always tangential to the circular track.
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma The string is pulled by a constant horizontal force of magnitude 100 N .
Good. So the direction of that force F is kept horizontal. (Makes things easier.)
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma What i meant by change of direction of force is that the magnitude of tension in the string pulling the block will remain constant but the direction of this tension force changes.Whereas the displacement of the block is always tangential to the circular track.
Does the tension do any work on the block?

As far as the work done by that constant force F, go back to my earlier question: What's the displacement in the direction of that constant force?
 P: 1,344 Please correct me if i am wrong...the constant force is being applied on the string which in turn pulls the block.So , now external force on the block is the tension .Now since the string is massless the force applied on the string = Tension in the string. But the angle between this tension force and the displacement of the block changes continuously isnt it ?? Doc Al ...We have to relate displacement of the block with the tension not the constant horizontal force... isnt it ?
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma Please correct me if i am wrong...the constant force is being applied on the string which in turn pulls the block.So , now external force on the block is the tension .Now since the string is massless the force applied on the string = Tension in the string. But the angle between this tension force and the displacement of the block changes continuously isnt it ??
Yes, you are correct. I guess I wasn't paying close enough attention to your diagram. (I was thinking of something else. ) Nonetheless, there's a much easier way to solve this and my suggestion stands as is.
 Doc Al ...We have to relate displacement of the block with the tension not the constant horizontal force... isnt it ?
Ask yourself: How much work is done on the system by that constant force? That's all you need to know.
 P: 1,344 Displacement in the direction of constant force should be 10sin60° .Work done accordingly is 100 × 10(√3/2) ??? is this the work done ??
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 Quote by Tanya Sharma Displacement in the direction of constant force should be 10sin60° .Work done accordingly is 100 × 10(√3/2) ??? is this the work done ??
Exactly. Whatever is exerting that constant force is doing work on the system.

Edit: My mistake! Please use the displacement of the applied force--how much the string moves--not the displacement of the block.
 HW Helper Thanks P: 10,772 If the work is equal to the product of the force acting on the rope and the displacement of the body in the direction of that force, what is the work done on the block in the picture by the force F when it raises with height h? Is it zero because the force and displacement enclose 90°angle? ehild Attached Thumbnails

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