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Homework Help: How fast is car moving when . . .

  1. Aug 17, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A 1.2 g pebble is stuck in a tread of a .76-m-diameter automobile tire, held in place by static friction that can be at most 3.6 N. The car starts from rest and gradually accelerates on a straight road. How fast is the car moving when the pebble flies out of the tire tread?

    2. Relevant equations
    alpha=net Torque/I=FR/MR^2

    so: (3.6)(.38)/(.0012)(.38^2)=7895 rad/s^2

    now my plan is to use s=R * theta to find theta (where s is the distance the pebble travels along the circular pathway), plug that value into wf^2=wi^2 + 2alpha * theta and then use the value I get for Wf in equation v=wr to get v. but the problem is I don't know how to find s because I don't know what distance the pebble travels along the circular pathway. Can someone please help? Thank you :)

    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Aug 17, 2010 #2


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    I'm not quite sure what is meant by your above calculations, :uhh:, But I don't think the 3.6 N should be assumed to be a tangential force. In other words, I don't the solution has anything to do with torque.
    I would approach this problem treating the 3.6 N as being directed radially. I.e., think centripetal force. :wink:
  4. Aug 18, 2010 #3
    Hi okay so F=mv^2/r that means 3.6=.0012 * v^2/.038. V=34 m/s. Is this correct? Thank you so much for all your help!!
  5. Aug 18, 2010 #4


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    That seems much better to me. :approve:
  6. Aug 18, 2010 #5
    Thanks! :)
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