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Homework Help: Question on Sliding/rolling spherical ball

  1. Apr 14, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A bowler throws a bowling ball of radius R = 11 cm along a lane. The ball (the figure) slides on the lane with initial speed vcom,0 = 7.8 m/s and initial angular speed ω0 = 0. The coefficient of kinetic friction between the ball and the lane is 0.13. The kinetic frictional force http://edugen.wileyplus.com/edugen/courses/crs7165/art/qb/qu/c11/low_fvec.gifkacting on the ball causes a linear acceleration of the ball while producing a torque that causes an angular acceleration of the ball. When speed vcom has decreased enough and angular speed φ has increased enough, the ball stops sliding and then rolls smoothly. During the sliding, what are the ball's (a) linear acceleration and (b) angular acceleration? (c) How long does the ball slide? (d) How far does the ball slide? (e) What is the linear speed of the ball when smooth rolling begins? Note that the clockwise direction is taken as negative.

    2. Relevant equations
    Second Laws: F=m*a and. Torque=I*angular acceleration

    I=(2/5)mR^2 ------ this I am not sure. This is probs where i went wrong.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    For part a, I used newtons second law
    -m*a=friction force
    thus a=-frictionconstant * 9.8=-1.274

    Part b,
    I had this expression, Iα=R*μ*m*g
    where i too I to be I=(2/5)mR^2
    and i got α=28.9545
    But this is WRONG

    Part C i got 1.74927... which is correct
    Part D is wrong followed by the wrong answer from part B
    Part e i got the right answer

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  3. Apr 14, 2016 #2


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    I agree with the magnitude of the angular acceleration you got for part b, but note the instruction that clockwise is to be taken as negative. Relate that to the picture.
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