# Finding velocity of an object moving down a incline with a non constant acceleration

1. Sep 29, 2010

### GinnyG

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
An object rests at the top of a frictionless incline with length L and angle θo. At the moment the object is released the angle begins to decrease at a constant rate w. Thus the angle as a function of time is θ(t)= θo-wt. Value of w is defined to be the rate such that at the instant the object reaches the bottom of the incline, θ(t)=0. Find the objects velocity when it reachs the bottom of the incline in terms of L, θo, and the gravitational constant.

2. Relevant equations

〖Vf〗^2=[Vo]^2+2a∆x

3. The attempt at a solution
I tried solving this by using the equation 〖Vf〗^2=[Vo]^2+2a∆x, with Vo=0 and ∆x=L.
I solved for a by adding up the forces moving in the x direction giving me: a= gsinθ. I plugged this in and got the answer Vf=(2(gsin(θ))(L))^(1/2) but I was wrong. The answer is (√Lg(1-cos(θ)))/(√(sin⁡〖θ_o-θ_o cos⁡〖θ_0 〗 〗 )
I don't understand where to even begin with this problem, please help me!

2. Oct 1, 2010

### zhermes

Re: Finding velocity of an object moving down a incline with a non constant accelerat

You have to set up and integrate the equations of motion. The equation you are using only applies to constant acceleration.