1. Mar 3, 2008

### Sheneron

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A bead slides without friction around a loop-the-loop (Fig. P8.5). The bead is released from a height h = 3.30R.

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(a) What is its speed at point A? Answer in terms of R and g, the acceleration of gravity.
(b) How large is the normal force on it at this point if its mass is 4.40 g?

3. The attempt at a solution
Having some trouble with both parts. Thanks.

2. Mar 3, 2008

Think of this problem as a falling loop, there is no friction, so just treat the loop as if it has rolled down and had its center of mass accelerated at 9.8m/s^2 down a wall height h. now simply use the equations for potential and kinetic energy and you're done.

3. Mar 4, 2008

### Sheneron

Alright I think I got A.

mgy=1/2 mv^2 so g(3.3-2)=1/2v^2

so that leaves, v= (g2.6R)^.5

But still need help with B

4. Mar 4, 2008

### Dick

Draw a force diagram at point A. The forces acting on the particle are mg (down) and normal force (down). The acceleration is v^2/r. F=ma.

5. Mar 4, 2008