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I'm currently working on this question:

A particle moves on the smooth inside surface of the hemisphere

z = -(a^2 - r^2)^(1/2), r <= a,

where (r, theta, z) denote cylindrical polar coordinates, with the z-axis vertically upward.

Initially the particle is at z = 0, and it is projected with speed V in the theta-direction.

1. Show that the particle moves between two heights in the subsequent motion, and find them.

2. Show, too, that if the parameter b = (V^2)/4ga is very large then the difference between the two heights is approximately a/(2b).

2. Relevant equations

Conservation of energy 1/2 m(r'^2 + r^2 theta'^2 + z'^2) + mgz = constant

rtheta' = V

r^2 theta = aV

theta ' = aV/r^2

( ' = dot, differentiation)

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm really stuck on question 1, I got to an answer using conservation of energy that ended with solving a quadratic, this is the particle moves between z=0 and z= (V^2 + sqrt(V^4 + 16g^2a^2))/4g but when I sub in the parameter in (2) I get to the wrong answer, ie 2ab. So I guess I've done 1 wrong. Any ideas guys?

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# Homework Help: Dynamics - particle moves on smooth inside surface of hemisphere?

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