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The rock was traveling in a horizontal circle. Why does it have a vertical component of initial velocity in your calculation? At least, I presume that’s what Vy is.

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I am getting an answer of 6 m.

You have done a lot of messy calculations. If you use symbols and plug in the values in the last step, then the chances of error are much less, and it’s easier to revise.

If l=length of string, H=height where the hand is holding the string, and b is the angle of the string with the vertical (here b=60 deg), then the required distance is given by:

2H*l*(sin b)*(tan b)*(1 – cos b).

The intriguing part is that the result is independent of g. The reason is that it’s a given condition that the vine breaks if the angle with the vertical is 60 deg. That may be true if the g is as on earth, but otherwise such a given condition is unphysical.

we haven't learn't that formula yet so i can't use it.

So what you are saying is the speed of the rock while being swung is the same as x-component of speed when the vine breaks?

When the vine breaks, doesn't it become a projectile?

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This is not a "formula". You get this expression ultimately using all the given conditions.

The rock was moving with constant speed in a horizontal circle. The direction of the velo at each point was tangential to the circle. If let go, it flew off horizontally, which gave the direction of the initial velo. That velo was the x component of the initial velo. The y comp was zero.

Yes, it does become a projectile, and that's how I got the derived relation. If you can't get it, tell me.

Thanx a lot for your help so far. :D

So my first two steps are correct right? (where i find acceleration and velocity).

Once the vine breaks and the rock becomes a projectile, then why do we ignore y component of acceleration?

So we ignore gravity and assume that the rock just travels in a straight line (60 from the vertical) and hits the ground?

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So we ignore gravity and assume that the rock just travels in a straight line (60 from the vertical) and hits the ground?

No, no, we don't ignore the y comp of accn. There is, in fact, only the y comp of accn, as in projectile motion. I said there is no y comp of velo initially.

Tell me once more which portion of my earlier post you did not understand.

The intriguing part is that the result is independent of g. The reason is that it’s a given condition that the vine breaks if the angle with the vertical is 60 deg. That may be true if the g is as on earth, but otherwise such a given condition is unphysical.
can you explain this part please

also...
5.83m/s = Vx?

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The rock was traveling in a horizontal circle. Why does it have a vertical component of initial velocity in your calculation? At least, I presume that’s what Vy is.

this is as soon as the vine breaks, there is initial velocity in y-direction

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Vx=5.83 m/s is absolutely correct.

But try to understand what I have said before, that you should plug in the numerical values only at the end to get best results. The value of Vx explicitly was not at all necessary to find. Still, good work!

Why is it interesting that the result is independent of g? Well, suppose you have a very heavy mass and you are trying to whirl it about with a string. Wouldn't you expect the string to break very soon if the g is more, which means the weight of the object is more?

But in your problem, even if you go to Jupiter, the string will only break when you are whirling it around quite fast to make its angle with the vertical 60 deg. Physically, we would expect the string to break much earlier in such a high gravity.

What has happened is that the angle 60 deg may be realistic for a vine to break on earth, so it has been given in the problem, but it is a bad way of giving a constraint in a problem. When does a string break? When the tension exceeds a certain value. Giving that critical tension would have been better Physics.

But for beginners, all this is good practice.

Now, derive the expression that I had obtained by considering the mass as just a projectile after the vine snaps. Should be easy for you.

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this is as soon as the vine breaks, there is initial velocity in y-direction

No. NO. NO. The mass starts to gain velo in the -ve y direction, because of g acting downward, but initially the y comp of velo is zero.

I presume y-axis is the vertical axis.

we have only worked with formulas such as D=V1t +.5at^2 where
d = displacement
v1=initial velocity
t=time
a=accleration
and other basic kinemtaic equations
and some circular motion formulas such as:
Centripital force = mv^2/r
there are other formulas with frequency and period but that is irrelevant to this question.
...so i have no idea of how to derive that expression.

this is the only way i can think of doing it:
my second try:
acceleration-y= 9.8m/s/s down
initial velocity-y= 0m/s
displacement-y= 1 meter (this is the height of the rock when the vine snaps)
time= ?
using the equation i described above (D=V1t +.5at^2)
i used the quadratic equation and got a time of 0.45seconds.

velocity-x= 5.83m/s (60degrees from vertical)
acceleration-x=0
t=0.45s
displacement-x=?
using the same formula i get 2.6m

i called a friend and he got the same answer.

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You have all the knowledge reqd to solve this prob and have done so correctly.

(I made a careless mistake. I got x^2 as 6 and in a hurry forgot to take the sqrt.)

The ans is sqrt 6 = 2.4 m. Your ans of 2.6 m is absolutely all right because you have multiplied decimals in between.

When I get a bit of time, I'll give you all the steps of the calculation, and tell you how not to plug in numerical values at every step and waste time.

Thanx, that would be great :D

i checked with my teacher, and she said the corrent answer is 3m(2.9...)

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I'll check once more. Give me some time.

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We have both found the horizontal dist it’ll travel after the vine breaks. We have neglected to find the dist of this point from the man. The initial velo of the rock is tangential to the circle. Then it travels for a horizontal dist ‘d’ = sqrt 6 m until it hits the ground.

Now draw the diagram. The man is at the centre of the circle of radius ‘r’ = sqrt 3 m. (r=2*sin 60). The initial position of the rock is on the circumference. The direction of ‘d’ is perp to ‘r’. It’s a right angled triangle. So, the dist where the rock hits the ground is the hypotenuse of the triangle made by d and r and so is equal to exactly 3 m.

I hope it’s absolutely clear now…

Thanks for the help, i got 8/10. damn these small mistakes.