# HELP A rolling without slipping problem

HELP!!!A rolling without slipping problem

## Homework Statement

A solid cylinder of radius R and mass M has a string wrapped around it and is placed on its side on a horizontal surface. The free end of the string is pulled horizontally with a force F as shown in the figure. As the string unwraps, the cylinder rolls along the surface without slipping.
a) show that the acceleration of the center of mass is given by a_cm=4F/3M
b) what is the magnitude and direction of the frictional force acting on the cylinder?
c) what is the acceleration of the free end of the string?

diagram:
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=2qsw4kj&s=4

## The Attempt at a Solution

V_cc=0 and it is the velocity at reference frame of center to center
a) accelertaion of CM:
A_tot=sqrt((atan)2+(ac)2)
=sqrt((R*alpha)2)2+(R*(Vcc)2)
because vcc=0 therefore A_tot=R*alpha
4F/3M=4(M*alpha)/3M=4/3*alpha and R=4/3 in this case

b) the frictional force opposite to the applied force, and it is equal to the applied force, which is equal to M*alpha
c) the acceleration of the free end of the string would be same as the acceleration of the cylinder, which is R*alpha

I am not sure whether I did the problem correctly or not, can anyone help me with it? thank you very much.

## Answers and Replies

Doc Al
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I can't follow your solution. Why not start with the basics? Draw a free body diagram and apply Newton's 2nd law to both translation and rotation.

I can't follow your solution. Why not start with the basics? Draw a free body diagram and apply Newton's 2nd law to both translation and rotation.

i tried but how can I related the force to CM?
the angular velocity for CM is omega and alpha is the angular acceleration around the cylinder
What I know now is mass of the cylinder. Even though I also know the acceleration but it is not for center of mass.

Doc Al
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i tried but how can I related the force to CM?
Using Newton's 2nd law for translational motion: Fnet = macm, where acm is the acceleration of the center of mass.

Using Newton's 2nd law for translational motion: Fnet = macm, where acm is the acceleration of the center of mass.

Do you mean that acm=F/m, which I could use to should for part a. Sorry but where did 4/3 come from? is it part of the acceleration?

Doc Al
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Do you mean that acm=F/m, which I could use to should for part c.
Yes, but the force you need here is the net force, not just the applied force "F". That's why I wrote Fnet.
What individual forces act on the cylinder?
Sorry but where did 4/3 come from? is it part of the acceleration?
The 4/3 will appear when you solve for the acceleration. As I said earlier, you'll need to apply Newton's 2nd law twice: for translational motion and for rotational motion.

Yes, but the force you need here is the net force, not just the applied force "F". That's why I wrote Fnet.
What individual forces act on the cylinder?

since it is a rotational motion there is $$\alpha$$ for this equation,
The 4/3 will appear when you solve for the acceleration. As I said earlier, you'll need to apply Newton's 2nd law twice: for translational motion and for rotational motion.[/QUOTE]

net force=F-Ffr=F-$$\mu$$*FN=macm
the above is the translational motion, sorry but how can i get rid of $$\mu$$

net force=F-Ffr=F-$$\mu$$*FN=m*$$\alpha$$
there is a new variable appears in this equation,$$\alpha$$, which we can write it as r/a

i think what i can do next after i know how to get rid of $$\mu$$ is set the two equation equal to each other and solve then we will be able to get 3F/4M
is it right?

Doc Al
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net force=F-Ffr=F-$$\mu$$*FN=macm
the above is the translational motion, sorry but how can i get rid of $$\mu$$
You don't need to use μ, just leave the friction force as Ffr. In what direction does the friction force act?

The second equation you need is Newton's 2nd law for rotation: $$\tau = I \alpha$$

You don't need to use μ, just leave the friction force as Ffr. In what direction does the friction force act?
frictional force is equal and opposite to the applied force
The second equation you need is Newton's 2nd law for rotation: $$\tau = I \alpha$$
$$\tau = I \alpha$$
I can write I as 1/2mR2 and $$\alpha$$ as R/acm
therefore, $$\tau$$=(1/2mR2)(R/acm)

or there is another way to describe $$\tau = I \alpha$$, which is $$\tau$$=radius*force, which is equal to radius*macm

Doc Al
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$$\tau = I \alpha$$
I can write I as 1/2mR2 and $$\alpha$$ as R/acm
therefore, $$\tau$$=(1/2mR2)(R/acm)
Careful. $$\alpha = a/R \ne R/a$$

or there is another way to describe $$\tau = I \alpha$$, which is $$\tau$$=radius*force, which is equal to radius*macm
I suggest that you find the net torque due to the forces acting on the cylinder.

Careful. $$\alpha = a/R \ne R/a$$

I suggest that you find the net torque due to the forces acting on the cylinder.

do you mean use the latter equation to solve(torque=radius*F)?
and by the way, I think that I have inserted my answers for the previous question into the qutation just now...
about the frictional force, it is equal and opposite to the applied force.

If I use the first equation I wrote for torque then torque=(1/2mR2) (a/R)=1/2ma*R=1/2F*R
How do we connect this equation with F-Ffr=macm?

Doc Al
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do you mean use the latter equation to solve(torque=radius*F)?
What torque is exerted by each force acting on the cylinder? What's the net torque?
and by the way, I think that I have inserted my answers for the previous question into the qutation just now...
about the frictional force, it is equal and opposite to the applied force.
No. If friction were equal and opposite to the applied force, then the cylinder would not accelerate.

If I use the first equation I wrote for torque then torque=(1/2mR2) (a/R)=1/2ma*R=1/2F*R
This is OK up until the last step. Note that F is just one of the forces acting on the cylinder.
How do we connect this equation with F-Ffr=macm?
You still need to find the net torque.

What torque is exerted by each force acting on the cylinder? What's the net torque?

No. If friction were equal and opposite to the applied force, then the cylinder would not accelerate.

This is OK up until the last step. Note that F is just one of the forces acting on the cylinder.

You still need to find the net torque.

If there is just one force applied on the system then isn't there just one torque? which means that the net torque is equal the only torque, which is r*F? Sorry, I am a bit confused...because in order to have net torque you need to have more than one force

Or do should I also include the frictional force?
then the net torque would be r*Fsin$$\theta$$+r*Ffrsin$$\theta$$
Sorry again...how do we find the angle for sin?

Doc Al
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Or do should I also include the frictional force?
Of course you should include the friction force. (For both translation and rotation.)
then the net torque would be r*Fsin$$\theta$$+r*Ffrsin$$\theta$$
Sorry again...how do we find the angle for sin?
First things first: Which way do the forces act?* Draw the forces on your diagram. Since both forces are horizontal and tangent to the cylinder, the only angles needed are 90 degrees.

*You still haven't figured out which way the friction acts. Note that friction always opposes slipping between surfaces.

Of course you should include the friction force. (For both translation and rotation.)

First things first: Which way do the forces act?* Draw the forces on your diagram. Since both forces are horizontal and tangent to the cylinder, the only angles needed are 90 degrees.

*You still haven't figured out which way the friction acts. Note that friction always opposes slipping between surfaces.

the free body diagram I drew
http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=i4h2ed&s=4

As you said the friction is indeed opposes to the slipping direction

Or am I wrong on drawing free body diagram?

Doc Al
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As you said the friction is indeed opposes to the slipping direction

Or am I wrong on drawing free body diagram?
You have the direction of the friction wrong. Friction opposes slipping between the bottom of the cylinder and the floor. If there were no friction, the cylinder would spin clockwise thus the bottom of the cylinder would tend to slip to the left against the floor. Friction on the cylinder opposes that slipping, thus it acts to the right.

You have the direction of the friction wrong. Friction opposes slipping between the bottom of the cylinder and the floor. If there were no friction, the cylinder would spin clockwise thus the bottom of the cylinder would tend to slip to the left against the floor. Friction on the cylinder opposes that slipping, thus it acts to the right.

OH!!!that's why
since the direction of Ffr and applied force are the same
then the translational motion: F+Ffr=macm
the rotational motion:r(F+Ffr)=1/2maR2
F+Ffr=1/2maR
then how do we relate these two motions together?
sub translational motion into the rotational motion: r(macm)=1/2maR2
or set these two equations equal to each other
1/2maR=macm
but then we still can't relate it to 4F/3M

Doc Al
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OH!!!that's way
since the direction of Ffr and applied force are the same
then the translational motion: F+Ffr=macm
Good.
the rotational motion:r(F+Ffr)=1/2maR2
F+Ffr=1/2maR
Redo this one. Does the torque due to each force act in the same direction? (And be careful with the Rs.)

Once you get the two equations correct, you'll have two equations and two unknowns (Ffr and acm). You can solve them together.

Good.

Redo this one. Does the torque due to each force act in the same direction? (And be careful with the Rs.)

Once you get the two equations correct, you'll have two equations and two unknowns (Ffr and acm). You can solve them together.

Sorry I don't really get what you mean by torque acting on the different direction. If Ffr has the same direction as F and the angles for sine are equal then why do they have different direction
Just a bit ahead of myself, if there are two unknowns then do we use the sub one equation into another or do we set both equations equal to each other?

Doc Al
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Sorry I don't really get what you mean by torque acting on the different direction. If Ffr has the same direction as F and the angles for sine are equal then why do they have different direction
One acts at the top of the cylinder, creating a clockwise torque; the other acts at the bottom, creating a counter-clockwise torque.
Just a bit ahead of myself, if there are two unknowns then do we use the sub one equation into another or do we set both equations equal to each other?
Combine them to eliminate one of the variables. Substituting one into the other would work.

One acts at the top of the cylinder, creating a clockwise torque; the other acts at the bottom, creating a counter-clockwise torque.

Combine them to eliminate one of the variables. Substituting one into the other would work.

R(F-Ffr)=1/2maR2
F-Ffr=1/2maR
this is for the rotational motion

F+Ffr=macm
translational motion

Sorry, I can't find any way to combine these two equations into one...can you help me with it?

Doc Al
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R(F-Ffr)=1/2maR2
F-Ffr=1/2maR
this is for the rotational motion
The right hand side has an extra R. Remember that $$\alpha = a/R$$.

F+Ffr=macm
translational motion
Good.

Be careful with notation. Use the same symbol for acceleration in both equations: a = acm.

Sorry, I can't find any way to combine these two equations into one...can you help me with it?
Just add the two equations and see what happens. (After you correct the rotational motion equation.)