# A Crate on an Incline

1. Oct 26, 2009

### CaptFormal

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A wheel of radius R = 30.0 cm is mounted on a frictionless horizontal axis. A massless cord is wrapped around the wheel and attached to a 4.75-kg crate that slides on a frictionless surface inclined at an angle of 25.0° with the horizontal. The crate accelerates down the incline at 2.4 m/s2.

(a) What is the tension in the cord?

(b) What is the rotational inertia of the wheel about its axis of rotation?

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2. Relevant equations

I = MR^2

I = Inertia
M = Mass

3. The attempt at a solution

I thought I could solve for part (b) using the above formula but I am not getting the correct answer. And I am not even sure how to start on part (a). Any help will be appreciated.

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2. Oct 27, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

You're not given the mass, nor can you assume that the wheel is a uniform disk. So that won't work. First solve part (a), then use it to solve (b).
What forces act on the crate? Apply Newton's 2nd law.