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1) A potters wheel (a thick stone disk with a radius of .500 m and a mass of 100 kg) is freely rotating at 50.0 rev/min. The potter can stop the wheel in 6.00 sec by pressing a wet rag against the rim and exerting a radial force of 70.0 N. Find the effective coefficient of kinetic friction between the wheel and the rag.

Alright, I know you have to convert 50 rev/min to rev/sec to get omega initial. I also know the sum of torque is Fd or Ialpha. I can figure out both I and alpha. d I'm figuring is the radius. But the problem is, if F is the coefficient times the normal force, I don't even need that? But it doesn't work out anyway?

2) A mass 15.0 kg and a mass 10.0 kg are suspended by a pulley that has a radius 10.0 cm and a mass 3.0 kg. The cord has a negligible mass and causes the pulley to rotate without slipping. The masses start from rest a distance 3.00 m apart. Treating the pulley as a uniform disk, determine the speeds of the two masses as they pass each other.

Alright, so once again torque = Ialpha. I can get I. alpha I'm not quite sure .. I played with kinematics but all of them require either time or theta. I don't know where to go when I get torque though.

3) A constant torque of 25.0 Nm is applied to a grindstone whose moment of inertia is .130kgm^2. Using energy principles, find the angular speed after the grindstone has made 15.0 revolutions (neglect friction).

Alright, by using torque = Ialpha I got alpha to be 192 rad/sec^2. However, since I don't know what the initial angular speed was and don't have a time, I couldn't find a kinematic to use.

4) A grinding wheel is in the form of a uniform solid disk having radius of 7.00 cm and a mass of 2.00 kg. It starts from rest and accelerates uniformly under the action of the constant torque of .600 Nm that the motor exerts on the wheel. (a) How long does it take the week to reach its final rotational speed of 1200 rev//min? (b) Through how many revolutions does it turn while accelerating?

Once again, a kinematic problem. I figure you can get I from formulas and thus find alpha.

I = (1/2)MR^2

torque = Ialpha

omegaf = omegai + alpha time

20 = o +(122)t

t = .163 sec

But t = 1.03 sec. If I can get that then I can get part b.