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Homework Help: Circular motion with friction differential equation

  1. Sep 24, 2015 #1
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    I don't see what differential equation i could use since the speed is dependent on the friction (equal to friction coeff times centripetal force) which in it's turn is also dependent on the speed
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  3. Sep 24, 2015 #2


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    Your v=v0+at equation only applies for constant acceleration. It will not be.
  4. Sep 24, 2015 #3
    As i understand this problem, the centripetal force, which points towards the center of the ring, equals the normal force. In that case, the friction would be equal to a coefficient times the centripetal force. When the speed changes (due to friction), the centripetal force will change (mv^2/r) and so will the normal. However since the speed is dependent on the friction which in turn is dependent on the speed, I seem to be stuck in a circular situation. Would any one have advice to help me find the relation that will allow me to express v? Thanks!
  5. Sep 24, 2015 #4
    my solution gives me v instead of v0 in the denominator. Is there a typo in the statement? Thanks
  6. Sep 24, 2015 #5


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    You used the expression v = vo - atant which is not applicable, as haruspex pointed out.

    You found atan = μv2/R. Express the acceleration on the left side in terms of the rate of change of the speed.
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