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Homework Help: Bowling ball Torque problem

  1. Jun 19, 2010 #1
    A bowling ball rolls without slipping up a ramp that slopes upward at an angle beta to the horizontal. Treat the ball as a uniform, solid sphere, ignoring the finger holes.

    What is the acceleration of the center of mass of the ball?
    Express your answer in terms of the variable beta and appropriate constants.

    I got this part:
    gsinB/(7/5)

    What minimum coefficient of static friction is needed to prevent slipping?
    Express your answer in terms of the variable beta and appropriate constants.

    Any suggestions for this part?
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  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 19, 2010 #2
    If you got the acceleration of C (center of mass), you should be able to calculate the normal force N and the frictional force F, right? We have [tex]\mu _{static}\geq F/N[/tex], and you get the minimum static friction coefficient.
     
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