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  1. Feb 20, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Dynamics Problem: Spinning cone with mass!?

    The sides of a cone make an angle "THETA" with the vertical. A small mass "m" is placed on the inside of the cone and the cone, with its point down, is revolved at a frequency "f" about its symmetry axis. If the coefficient of static friction is "MU", at what positions on the cone can the mass be placed without sliding on the code? (Give the maximum and minimum distances, "r", from the axis)

    2. Relevant equations
    I guess what it boils down to is what forces are acting on the mass... what am I missing. So far I have these forces:
    Centripetal, friction, and gravity. Is that it? And is (f/(2*pi*r)) equal to velocity?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    set up two equations, set normal force equal to each other, and solve for r?

    (F_n)*cos(THETA) = (F_centrip) - (F_friction)*sin(THETA)
    m*g = (F_n)*sin(THETA) + (F_friction)*cos(THETA)

    i'm missing something :( what is it?!-
    Last edited: Feb 20, 2007
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  3. Feb 20, 2007 #2
    1. Centripetal force is a name given to the net force that points towards the center of the circular motion, i.e. it is not an individual impetus of force.
    2. The mass is touching the cone, right. If a book is sitting on a horizontal table, i.e. touching the table, what forces act on the book?
  4. Feb 20, 2007 #3
    gravity, normal
  5. Feb 20, 2007 #4
    Ah, so a normal force acts on the book since it is in contact with the table. How about your mass?
  6. Feb 20, 2007 #5
    gravity, normal, friction? and normal is different because it's spinning?
  7. Feb 20, 2007 #6
    What do you mean different? To determine forces, I go through a list in my head- are there strings attached?- tension/ is anyone pushing?- applied force/is this object in contact with something?-normal force/ etc.
    After that draw a free body diagram.
  8. Feb 20, 2007 #7
    k got it thanks
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