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Homework Help: Ball rolling down a segment then up a parabolic segment

  1. May 22, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A 181 g ball is released from rest H=5.19 m above the bottom of the track shown in Figure. It rolls down a straight 21° segment, then back up a parabolic segment whose shape is given by y=x2/4, where x and y are in m. How high will the ball go on the right before reversing direction and rolling back down?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I am not sure how to start this because everytime i go to one direction i hit a dead end.
    At the begining it has both Ki=0 and Ui=0 correct?
    Then at the final it has Kf and Uf right?
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  3. May 22, 2009 #2
    Here is my work but I don't even think I am on the right track......

    This is for rolling down incline

    This is for rolling up the parabola
    EDIT: I put the wrong dominator in for the very last part when calculating Y it should be 4, but that anwser did not work either
  4. May 22, 2009 #3
    WOOOOOOW I am so sorry for wasting everyones times the parabola made me over think this equation since Ki+Ui=Kf+Kf.....energy would force the ball up the same height as it began.
  5. May 22, 2009 #4


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    The question gave you additional information to deceive you. Realizing this in the end only makes you understand energy conservation better. It's hardly wasting anyone's time.
  6. May 22, 2009 #5
    Yeah, I see what you mean but I didn't need to make a thread after.
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