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Homework Help: Plate on two rotating wheel

  1. Mar 15, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A uniform plate of mass M stays horizontally and symmetrically on two wheels rotating in opposite
    directions. The separation between the wheels is L. The friction coefficient between each wheel and the plate is N. Find the time period of oscillation of the plate if it is slightly displayed along its length and

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    2. Relevant equations

    My teacher solved this problem in class and i understood everything except the direction of friction. The plate moved to right by distance x.

    http://[PLAIN]http://i61.tinypic.com/ixwpci.png [Broken]
    3. The attempt at a solution

    According to me right wheel should have direction of friction inside. Because plate wants to move out. So it will try to move back the plate left side.
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  3. Mar 15, 2015 #2
    How would the topmost point of the right wheel move with respect to the plate above it ? Towards right or left ?
  4. Mar 15, 2015 #3
    i figured it out the my own. i thought that he is displacing the plate right while maintaining the contact with rotating cylinder. But He is lifting the plate, displacing it and then putting it back.
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