(From Stewart's Calculus Early Transcendentals (4th ed), Ch. 13 Problems Plus #8)
A cable has radius r and length L and is wound around a spool with radius R without overlapping. What is the shortest length along the spool that is covered by the cable?
See image link below.
The Attempt at a Solution
I've read the solution from the solutions guide and it makes sense, aside from this geometric representation:
(h=vertical distance between coils)
I'm trying to understand the rationale for this geometric image. Specifically, where is the 2Pi(R+r) coming from? This is clearly the circumference of the spool/cable, but I don't understand its presence in the image. Could someone describe what the image is showing (where the spool is, how it's oriented, what the two parallel line are, etc)? Thanks!
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