Find the pebble's position, velocity, and acceleration

1. Nov 28, 2007

tronter

A tire rolls in a straight line without slipping. Its center moves with constant speed $$V$$. A small pebble lodged in the read of the tire touches the road at $$t = 0$$. Find the pebble's position, velocity, and acceleration as functions of time.

So $$\bold{v} = \dot{r} \bold{\hat{r}} + r \theta \bold{\hat{\theta}}$$.

Would it just be $$\bold{v} = V \bold{\hat{r}} + Vt \omega \bold{\hat{\theta}}$$ and $$\bold{a} = -Vt \omega^{2} \bold{\hat{r}} + 2V \omega \bold{\hat{\theta}}$$?

Then to find the position as a function of time, integrate the velocity?

Thanks

Last edited: Nov 28, 2007
2. Nov 28, 2007

Avodyne

You need to do this in cartesian coords, because the center keeps moving.

3. Nov 28, 2007

tronter

So use the transformations $$x = r \cos \theta$$, $$y = r \sin \theta$$?

4. Feb 1, 2008

Thyferra2680

I had to do a problem similar to this, and I still don't understand it....