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Homework Help: Please help with this box and disk question

  1. Apr 25, 2012 #1
    A disk and a box of equal mass are released from the top of two inclines both of which are a height h above the ground and make an angle θ to the horizontal. Let the radius of the disk be R. How much sooner does the box reach the bottom of the incline than the disk?
    Express your answer in terms of some or all of the variables m, h, theta, and R, as well as the acceleration due to gravity g.
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  3. Apr 25, 2012 #2
    Probably best to tackle this one with conservation of energy and with moments of inertia :)
  4. Apr 25, 2012 #3


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    The problem statement doesn't mention a cofficient of friction. Is the inclined plane frictionless for the box and not frictionless for the disk?
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