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Homework Help: Cylinder on loop

  1. Nov 15, 2005 #1
    A uniform solid cylinder (m=0.710 kg, of small radius) is at the top of a ramp, with height height of 333 cm and which has a loop of radius, R = 49.95 cm at the bottom. Which has friction. The cylinder starts from rest and rolls down the ramp without sliding and goes around the loop. Find the speed of the cylinder at the top of the loop.

    I used conservation of energy
    [tex] mgh= (1/2)mv^2 + (1/2)I \omega ^2 [/tex]
    [tex] mgh = (1/2)mv^2 + (1/2)(1/2)(MR^2)(v/r)^2 [/tex]
    [tex] mgh= (1/2)mv^2 +(1/4)mv^2 [/tex]
    Solving for v gave me [tex] \sqrt (4/3)gh [/tex]
    So plugging in 9.8 for g and 3.33 for h gave me a speed of 6.60 m/s which wasn't right.
    Can someone help me?
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  3. Nov 15, 2005 #2


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    h should be the difference in height between the top of the ramp and the top of the loop.
  4. Nov 15, 2005 #3
    I got it. Thanks
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