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Dynamics question: Angular Velocity/kinematics

  1. May 15, 2014 #1
    A piece of stone of mass m is rotating at constant angular speed ω in the vertical plane about the point O as shown in the figure. A rope of length R connects the ball to O. If the rope breaks when the stone is at A, calculate how long it takes before the stone falls back to the same level (y=0). Pick the closest answer in seconds.


    R[m] = 2
    w [rad/s] = 15
    m [kg] = 5

    I have been attempting this question but I have no idea as to where to start? If anyone could give me a hand that would be great.
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  3. May 15, 2014 #2


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    Hi GaryTravis. http://img96.imageshack.us/img96/5725/red5e5etimes5e5e45e5e25.gif [Broken]

    Can you calculate the speed (magnitude and direction) of the stone at point A?
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  4. May 15, 2014 #3
    Hey NascentOxygen, thanks for the welcome :D

    To my knowledge the speed (in this case i'm assuming tangential speed.) is v=rw. So in this case v=2*15=30m/s. However I'm not certain if this is the right method.

    Edit: As it turns out when i previously attempted the question i did not use this method (awkward...) but I have solved the question thanks for your assistance :D (I would never have double checked that equation if you didn't ask...)
  5. May 31, 2017 #4
    Is there any chance someone could elaborate on this question?
    I have a similar one and don't understand how finding speed could indicate the time...
    Thank you!
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