# Kleppner Mechanics: Disk and coil spring

## Homework Statement

A solid disk of mass M and radius R is on a vertical shaft. The shaft is attached to a coil spring that exerts a linear restoring torque of magnitude Cθ, where θ is the angle measured from the static equilibrium position and C is a constant. Neglect the mass of the shaft and the spring, and assume the bearings to be frictionless.

(a) Show that the disk can undergo simple harmonic motion, and find the frequency of the motion.

(b) Suppose that the disk is moving according to θ = θ0 sin (ωt), where ω is the frequency found in part (a). At time t1 = π/ω, a ring of sticky putty of mass M and radius R is dropped concentrically on the disk. Find:

(1) The new frequency of the motion.

Ei = Ef

## The Attempt at a Solution

to get w=w0/√3

I don't understand why if energy is conserved (I know E is always conserved) helps? why just rotational, the putty is moving down with speed and height?! Too many unknowns!
conservation of angular momentum equation has 2 unknowns..
Thanks for any help[/B]

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BvU
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So assume the bearing is tightly clamped on the shaft and only consider the angular motion. You wil need more equations...

So assume the bearing is tightly clamped on the shaft and only consider the angular motion. You wil need more equations...
Solution only uses change in I to arrive at w. I did part a no problem there but for frequency I am not convinced. Why not:
Li=Lf then wi*Ii=wf*If. only unknown is wf but then you get w0/3 not w0/√3

BvU
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You forgot your list of symbols.
And to post your steps, not just the outcome.

haruspex
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Li=Lf then wi*Ii=wf*If. only unknown is wf but then you get w0/3 not w0/√3
It is not entirely clear what you are doing there.
Perhaps you are confusing the angular frequency, ω, in part b with the instantaneous rate of rotation, dθ/dt, at time t1.
It will become clear if you post all your steps, as BvU asks.

It is not entirely clear what you are doing there.
Perhaps you are confusing the angular frequency, ω, in part b with the instantaneous rate of rotation, dθ/dt, at time t1.
It will become clear if you post all your steps, as BvU asks.
Hello,
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haruspex
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Hello,
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If you must post working as an image (images are for diagrams and textbook extracts - read the guidelines), please ensure it is the right way up!

As I suggested, you are confusing the angular frequency with the instantaneous rate of rotation.
The angular momentum at time t is Idθ/dt. This varies. You are asked for the new angular frequency, which will not vary with time.
You can ignore whatever was going on before the putty hit. Just calculate the angular frequency of the disc+putty system from scratch.