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Homework Help: Determine spring constant

  1. Mar 17, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    (Sorry for my bad English)
    A slippery (frictionless), light horizontal bar rotates about a vertical axis with a constant angular velocity ω. A cylinder with mass m, is initially attatched to a thread with length a and to a spring, which from the beginning has its "natural" length.
    Suddenly the thread breaks. Now the maximum distance between the cylinder and the axis is b.
    Determine the spring constant k for the spring.

    I have uploaded a picture of the problem.


    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that I should use integration but I don't know how or where to start.

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  3. Mar 17, 2015 #2
    You must know some equations that apply to circular motion, and you must know an equation (or equations) that describe the behavior of springs. Please write them under relevant equations.

    Start (as usual) by drawing a free body diagram of the mass. What are the forces acting on the mass (after the string is cut)?

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