Basic torque problem

1. Nov 20, 2012

oreosama

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

a hoop of mass m and radius r has a cord wrapped around it the hoop is released while holding the string the hoop rolls without slippage
write out force and torque eqns on the hoop
given m, r determine downward accel

2. Relevant equations

Torque = I alpha
Torque = r x F

3. The attempt at a solution

Torque = I * alpha
I of hoop = m*r^2
alpha = r*a

r x F = m*r^3 * a

this F must have relationship to gravity and tension right? if it were ma then my as cancel

Fy should be ma = Tension - mg ?

im lost at this point, thanks for any help

2. Nov 20, 2012

SammyS

Staff Emeritus
Draw a free body diagram for the hoop.

Torque is calculated about some reference point. What point are you choosing?

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