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Questions about a particle shot off of a rotatiting disc.

  1. Jun 10, 2012 #1
    Say you have a disc that rotates with angular velocity w. Assume that you know the value of w and the radius of the disc. You drop a particle on the disc while it is rotating half way out from the center of the radius. So the the centripetal acceleration on the particle is

    Ac(@.5r) = rw^2/2

    How can you go about finding how long in terms of rotations will it take the particle to be shot off the disc ignoring friction. This is not a specific problem just somthing I have been thinking about.
  2. jcsd
  3. Jun 10, 2012 #2
    first of all, the accerlation the ball feels if it were to move in circular motion with radius (r/2) would be a = 2rw^2

    second, if you drop ball directly onto the disc, ie. the trajectory of the fall is perpendicular to the plane of the disc, then the ball would not move, because you told us to ignore friction.

    In other words, the ball wouldn't exhibit circular motion, let alone motion at all.
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