# Damn analytical mechanics (2)

1. Apr 2, 2005

### TheDestroyer

Thanks for integral, he made the potential.pdf analyse for an analytical mechanic but i still have 2 questions,

1- Why does the lenght up between the tengency point and top of (h) equals:

$$\ell + r\theta$$ ?????????

2- Why the kinetic energy here equals:

$$T = \frac{1}{2} m(\ell + r\theta)^2 \dot{\theta}^2$$ ???

I mean why we replaced R with $$\ell + r\theta$$ in the polar coordinates?

Thanks,

TheDestroyer

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2. Apr 2, 2005

### Integral

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$r \theta$ is the arc length corresponding to the angle $\theta$ Notice that if you let $\theta = 2 \pi$ you get the circumference of the circle.

As you unwind the rope moving the point of tangency through an angle $\theta$ you add the corresponding arc length ( $r \theta$ to the length of rope l which is initially hanging stright down.

I need some time to look at the kinetic engery term. I concentrated on the potential energy term and have not looked into the kinetic energy. I'll get back to you, if no one else contributes.

Last edited: Apr 2, 2005
3. Apr 2, 2005

### TheDestroyer

about the $$r\theta$$ i know it's the arc length (LOL I'm a second year university physics student), but the question is why does it equal to $$\ell + r\theta$$ in the tangent,

I didn't understand integral, i'm very sorry, please explain it as a math geometric laws, And try using a simple language (I don't mean you language was complicated),

And thanks very much

4. Apr 5, 2005

5. Apr 5, 2005

### Integral

Staff Emeritus
You say you are a second year university student. Did you ever learn to ride a bike? Do you remember the the first time you were given a push and told to pedal.

There is nothing left in this problem which you should not be able to figure out on your own. Please study the diagram I drew for you and think about it. YOU CAN figure it out. Get 'er done

6. Apr 6, 2005

### TheDestroyer

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