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Homework Help: Rolling ball

  1. Dec 28, 2007 #1
    A hollow spherical shell with mass 2.10 rolls without slipping down a slope that makes an angle of 34.0 with the horizontal.
    Find the magnitude of the acceleration of the center of mass of the spherical shell.

    I understood that the friction force is normal to the slope and there is a component of gravity in x direction(taking x-y plane at an angle of 34.0)
    But I dont know the relation for calculating acceleration of the center of mass.
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  3. Dec 28, 2007 #2

    Doc Al

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    The friction force is parallel to the slope.

    To find the acceleration, apply Newton's 2nd law to both the translational and rotational motion of the shell.
  4. Dec 28, 2007 #3

    Shooting Star

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    Also, draw a freebody diagram to make things clearer to yourself..
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