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Homework Help: Physics momentum problem

  1. Oct 16, 2012 #1
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    Imagine a very long carpet, with a very small thickness of t, width W, length L and density of ρ,
    which is partially rolled up to form a cylinder of radius r. Since the carpet is very thin, it can be
    assumed that the rolled-up part of the carpet is a perfect cylinder. We decide to roll up the whole
    carpet by just kicking the cylindrical part of the carpet with initial velocity v.
    What is the minimum initial speed v, required for the cylindrical part to roll the whole carpet?
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  3. Oct 17, 2012 #2


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    welcome to pf!

    hi bobsmith601! welcome to pf! :smile:
    looks to me like a conservation of energy problem …

    what energy is needed to end with the carpet fully rolled at zero speed? :wink:
  4. Oct 17, 2012 #3
    I'm not sure...
  5. Oct 18, 2012 #4


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    (just got up :zzz:)

    for initial speed v, what are the initial kinetic energy and potential energy?

    for final speed 0, what are the final kinetic energy and potential energy? :smile:
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