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Homework Help: Kinetic energy and torque

  1. Feb 16, 2010 #1
    A 30kg bowling ball with a radius of 11 cm starts from rest at the top of an incline 1.5m in height. Find the translational speed of the bowling ball after it has rolled to the bottom of the incline. (assume that the ball is a uniform solid sphere) acceleration of gravity is 9.81m/s^2. Answer in units of m/s. (I=2/5mr^2)
    so I was thinking of treating this as a simple conservation of energy question, just substituting I and w for kinetic energy.
    mgh=1/2Iw^2
    mgh=1/2(2/5mr^2)(v/r)^2
    so:
    mgh=2/10mrv^2

    I think that this works, but to be honest, I don't understand what translational speed is.
     
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  3. Feb 16, 2010 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi BoldKnight399! :smile:

    (have an omega: ω and try using the X2 tag just above the Reply box :wink:)
    No, KE of a rotating object is rotational KE plus ordinary KE (ie as if all the mass was moving with the velocity of the centre of mass) …

    1/2 Iω2 + 1/2 mv2 :wink:

    (And translational speed or velocity is simply the speed or velocity of the centre of mass)
     
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