(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A small, solid sphere of mass 0.6kg and radius 27 cm rolls without slipping along the track consisting of slope (at an angle of 60degrees from horizontal) and loop-the-loop with radius 2.65m at the end of the slope. It starts from rest near the top of the track at a height, h, where h is large compared to 27 cm. What is the minimum value of h such that the sphere completes the loop?

2. Relevant equations

mgh=1/2mv^2 + 1/2Iw^2

mv^2/r=mg

1/2mv(top)^2 + mgr2 = 1/2mv(bottom)^2 + 0

3. The attempt at a solution

I solved for v at the top of the loop to be v=square root of (gR)

v(top)=5.096m/s

Then I used the equation 1/2mv(top)^2 + mgr2 = 1/2mv(bottom)^2 + 0

and solved for v at the bottom.

v(bottom)= 11.4 m/s

Then I plugged this into the equation: mgh=1/2mv(bottom)^2 + 1/2Iw^2

and simplified it to be

gh= v(bottom)^2 + 2/5v(bottom)^2

and solved for h to get 9.27 m.

Where did I mess up?

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# Homework Help: Rolling Without Slipping/Loop Problem

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