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Desperate/Bonus problem

  1. Oct 26, 2006 #1
    My instructor has assigned me a bonus problem that I have no idea how to do. It is worth 25 points and I need these points very badly! I would be so grateful if anyone knows how to do this problem.

    A mass sits on a frictionless sphere. The mass slides down the sphere to a certain point. The mass then acts like a projectile at that point. What is the angle of the point where the mass leaves the sphere. This angle is 48 degrees. Centripetalal acceleration is involved and so is conservation of energy. The instructor wants a mathematical proof of this. He said this can be accomplished within three lines on a sheet of paper. Apparenly, it is a classic "textbook problem" but it is absent from my text book. I have enclosed an attached file to better illustrate what is happening

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