(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Consider the tetherball shown:

At t=0, the ball, of mass m, is moving in a horizontal circle with velocity Vo and has length Lo. The cord is now slowly drawn in until it has length Lo/3.

Take

Vo = 20 m/sec.

Lo = 1.5 m

m = 2 kg.

What is the final velocity of the ball, and what angle does the cord make with the verticle?

2. Relevant equations

This is a conservation of angular momentum problem... so IiWi = IfWf...

I am treating the tetherball as a single particle so therefore its moment of inertia = mr^2.

(=)

2((LoSin(Ø)^2))Wi = 2((LfSin(Ø+∆Ø)^2))Wf

R is given at all times by LxSin(Ø+∆Ø)... for our purposes where Lx is either Lo or Lo/3. Of course at Lo, ∆Ø=0.

Also, Tangential velocity = rw...

or:

V = r dØ/dT

3. The attempt at a solution

So, I have been working this problem for so long that I am starting to go a bit crazy, and seem to find myself sputtering around in a rut!

It is clear to me that I have been looking at this problem a bit poorly...

I am trying to set Vdt/r = dØ and integrating both sides... but I'm not sure that is a valid operation due to the sinØ inside the radius. If it is a valid operation, then theta = 20 do after completing the IVP... But from there, how do I find the final time?

I am completely lost on this one... I think.

ANY help would be vastly appreciated.

You don't want to see the pages of failed attempts... this is about where I am right now.

Thanks BUNDLES!

Sean

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