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Homework Help: Hollow sphere rolling down a slope

  1. Nov 19, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A hollow, spherical shell with mass 2.50kg rolls without slipping down a slope angled at 35.0 degrees.
    i) Find the acceleration
    ii) Find the friction force
    iii) Find the minimum coefficient of friction to prevent slipping

    2. Relevant equations



    Energy must stay constant:
    [itex]E_{p}+E_{kr}+E_{k} = E_{p}+E_{kr}+E_{k}[/itex]


    3. The attempt at a solution
    I really have no idea where to start, because a radius is not given, so I cannot find the moment of inertia. I was thinking if I used the energies, and said that



    because we could use a pretend example, say that the sphere starts at rest at the top of the ramp, and in the end, all the energy is kinetic. But from here, I'm not really sure where to go. Thanks!
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  3. Nov 19, 2011 #2


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    Who knows, maybe it will turn out that the radius doesn't matter! If not, then an R in the answers will be expected. Go ahead and do it with an R and see. You will need v = r*ω, too.

    You energy approach looks good. No doubt it could also be done with force, acceleration, etc.
  4. Nov 19, 2011 #3

    Simon Bridge

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  5. Nov 19, 2011 #4
    I think I figured it out. Thanks!
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