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'Car' vs curb

  1. Jun 17, 2007 #1
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    An idealised car (meaning: a cube with a = 2m) skids sideways toward a curb (height of the curb doesn't matter). At which maximum velocity v must it skid to just about turn over?

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  3. Jun 18, 2007 #2


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    The weight of the car does work while it is rotating about the contact point with the curb. This means that the rotational speed will decrease as it turns over. The work done by it will also change during the rotation. So you have to use

    [tex]W = \int \tau _{weight} \ d\theta[/tex]

    to calculate the work done and check if the angle is more that fourty five degrees (work-energy theorem).
    Last edited: Jun 18, 2007
  4. Jun 18, 2007 #3
    Thank you very much, andrevdh, that was a great help!!

    My initial calculation was quite wrong, obviously.
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