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Homework Help: A solid cylinder has a mass of

  1. Nov 16, 2007 #1


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    A solid cylinder has a mass of 10kg and a radius of .2 meters. Starting from rest it achieves a rotational velocity of 2 revolutions per second after 4 seconds.
    a. What torque is required to cause this?
    I found the Inertia, (.5)(10(.2) =.2 and found alpha= 2*2pi/4 and got 3.142. Then I took
    .2(3.142) to find the Torque of .628Nm.

    The problem I encounter is on part b.
    B. How long did it take for the cylinder to rotate through its first 2pi radians?
    I think it sounds rather basic but the question confuses me. Am I suppose to use the radius of .2 and the 3.142. I really don't know what is wanting me to do.

    And then for part c.
    C. Assuming this is produced by a string wound around the cylinder, how hard in Newtons, would the string have to be pulled?
    I use the Torque formula again right? F*L? so i take like .628 and divide it by .2 to get 3.14N?

    Those are my thoughts, great appreciation to anyone who can help me out! Thanks!
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  3. Nov 16, 2007 #2
    For part B, what it is asking is how long it takes for the cylinder to rotate one full circle. That is what 2pi radians is.
  4. Nov 16, 2007 #3

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    B) Use theta=1/2(alpha*t^2), where theta = 2*3.142. Find t.
    C) Torque = Force*radius. What you've written is correct.
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