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Rolling in a cone, normal force

  1. Apr 6, 2015 #1
    I have a small problem with this question. In this problem, the cone exerts a normal force. This force, should be perpendicular to the inside surface of the cone. In equating the vertical forces, I need the vertical component of this normal force. I would draw this force perpendicular to the surface, and then using the angle θ, I would get a force of N/sinθ. But in the book, it says that it should be N*sinθ. What am I doing wrong here?

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  3. Apr 6, 2015 #2
    Suddenly, I get it. Never mind! I can't find how to delete this thread.
  4. Apr 6, 2015 #3
    You are decomposing the weight into its components which will be parallel and perpendicular to the inner surface of the cone. How can the perpendicular component have a magnitude greater than the actual force? Whenever you split a force at any angle, you get a value between 0 and the magnitude of the force depending upon the angle. Make the weight the hypotenuse of the triangle and see what expression you get.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2015
  5. Apr 6, 2015 #4
    As far as I'm aware, that is not possible. And why delete proof that you resolved your own doubt?
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