Mass sliding down surface of a sphere

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Homework Statement



A small mass m slides down from rest at the top of a frictionless spherical surface of radius R=.5 meters. What is the speed of the particle at position x where it loses contact with the surface, and velocity makes an angle of θ=48.2 with the vertical?

The answer choices are:

(A) 1.28 m/s
(B) 1.82 m/s
(C) 1.93 m/s
(D) 2.36 m/s
(E) 2.58 m/s

Homework Equations



Conservation of Energy?

The Attempt at a Solution



I thought maybe start with PE1=PE2+KE, where h=2r, and then find the cosine component of the height when velocity is at that angle, to do: mg(2r)=(1/2)mv2+mg((cos48.2)+R), but that didn't work. I got .57, which is not even close to any of the choices.
 

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tiny-tim
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Hi Victorzaroni! :smile:
I thought maybe start with PE1=PE2+KE, where h=2r, and then find the cosine component of the height when velocity is at that angle, to do: mg(2r)=(1/2)mv2+mg((cos48.2)+R), but that didn't work. I got .57, which is not even close to any of the choices.

I think you missed out the 9.8 :wink:

(also, read the question carefully about the angle)
 

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