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Homework Help: Circular Motion

  1. Dec 3, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A ball on a string moves in a vertical circle of radius R at a constant speed with a centripetal acceleration a. At its
    lowest point, the ball is a negligible height above the ground. After several revolutions, the string breaks at the highest
    point in the motion. In terms of R, a, and g, find the horizontal displacement of the ball from the time the string breaks.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I found v = √acr but I don't know where to go from here.
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  3. Dec 3, 2008 #2


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    If it breaks at it's highest point, what direction will the ball be traveling?

    How high off the ground was it when it was released?

    Doesn't it just become a simple kinematic problem?
  4. Dec 3, 2008 #3
    If it breaks at its highest point it will travel horizontally first, but then reach the ground.

    It is 2R off the ground when it was released.

    OMG I GOT IT! Thanks so much! I just had trouble manipulating the equation. Embarrassing.
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