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A problem about rotation

  1. Jul 1, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A horizontal force is exerted on a uniform disk towards the center of mass resting on a horizontal table. The surface has friction. How does the disk begin to move ? Because when the force increases from zero, at first the friction is static friction which means the net force is still zero but the static friction can form a torque on the disk which will make it rotate. It is absurd that the center of the disk is at rest while the disk begins to rotate.


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    3. The attempt at a solution
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Jul 1, 2012 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi VictoriaWoo! Welcome to PF! :smile:
    The friction is less than the applied force …

    so the torque is "forward", and the centre of mass moves forward …

    the rolling constraint, v = rω , combined with the equations for force and torque, enable you to find the friction force :wink:
     
  4. Jul 1, 2012 #3
    If the friction is smaller then the force applied to its center of mass there is a net force on the body, this causes body to accelerate in the direction of the net force a = F/m.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2012 #4
    Why the friction can be smaller than the force? What determines the friction? And how does a disk rotating on a horizontal surface with friction come to terminal when it rotates without slipping and static force does not turn the kinetic energy into heat?
     
  6. Jul 1, 2012 #5

    tiny-tim

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    the rolling constraint, v = rω , combined with the equations for force and torque, enable you to find the friction force …

    write out the equations, and see :smile:
    air resistance, and energy lost through deformation of the disk at the instantaneous point of contact (rolling resistance)
     
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