# Finding little g using an inclined plane

Ahmed Mutaz
Homework Statement:
Is it possible to find the value of g by rolling a wheel (I=mr^2) down an incline and plotting v^2 vs h(vertical length of the incline) by varying the angle? Assuming you can find the final velocity? I think it might work because mgh=0.5mv^2+0.5Iw^2 gives v^2=gh
Relevant Equations:
Energy Conservation with rolling without slipping
The slope of the v^2 vs h graph is g

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mgh=0.5mv^2+0.5Iw^2 gives v^2=gh
Not quite. What is I in this case?

Ahmed Mutaz
Not quite. What is I in this case?
I=mr^2

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I=mr^2
Ah, sorry, didn't notice you specified that. But you would never quite achieve it. Better to specify a uniform disc.

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Ah, sorry, didn't notice you specified that. But you would never quite achieve it. Better to specify a uniform disc.
I meant a hoop/wheel thing idk how to describe it but it has a moment of inertia of I=mr^2. So assuming that is true, would you be able to obtain a value close to 9.8 for g?

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I meant a hoop/wheel thing idk how to describe it but it has a moment of inertia of I=mr^2. So assuming that is true, would you be able to obtain a value close to 9.8 for g?
I understand, but to be literally mr2 it would have to be very thin radially, so could easily get bent out of round. I'm just saying it would be easier to arrange for a uniform disc.

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I understand, but to be literally mr2 it would have to be very thin radially, so could easily get bent out of round. I'm just saying it would be easier to arrange for a uniform disc.
I figured as much; I’m only saying that assuming we have a shape that can be approximated to mr^2 does plotting v^2 against h give a decent value of g? I don’t really see any other problems besides the mr^2 approximation so forget about it for now. Also, I believe it is possible to get really thin hoops.

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I figured as much; I’m only saying that assuming we have a shape that can be approximated to mr^2 does plotting v^2 against h give a decent value of g? I don’t really see any other problems besides the mr^2 approximation so forget about it for now. Also, I believe it is possible to get really thin hoops.
Yes, the principle is fine.

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Yes, the principle is fine.

Thanks for confirming the theory. Now another hypothetical, last question lol, because of air resistance wouldn’t you get an under approximation of g? Or do you think there are other sources of error that may cause it to be an overestimation?