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Homework Help: Kinematics - relative velocities

  1. Jan 17, 2007 #1


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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    I have attached a picture of the situation. Small Wheels attached to the ends of rod AB roll along two surfaces. Knowing that at the instant shown the velocity vA of wheel A is 1.5 m/s to the right and the relative velocity vB/A of wheel B with respect to wheel A is perpendicular to rod AB, determine the relative velocity vB/A and velocity vB of wheel B.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I understand that vA+vB/A =vA. I know that the component of vA is 1.5m/s in the x direction. The problems that we have done were all with right angles. I know another way to figure out the problem is to draw the vectors but we don't have all the angles. I can't seem to figure out how to find the angle that the rod AB makes w/ the x-axis. Is there a formula that I am missing? I'm just not sure where to start.

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  3. Jan 18, 2007 #2


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    This thread belongs to the homework section.

    You should do some google-ing on vectors and learn more, instead of thinking about missing formulas. Btw, you can solve this graphically too, of course.
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