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Homework Help: Rotation question

  1. Feb 16, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A small uniform cylinder of radius a rolls without slipping on the inside of a large fixed cylinder of radius b (b>=a). Show that the period of small oscillations of the rolling cylinder is that of a simple pendulum of length 3(b - a)/2

    2. Relevant equations
    rotational KE = 0.5Iw^2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    OK I tried to do this with energy considerations. I called the angle between the vertical and the line from the centre of the big cyclinder to the position of the small one p, and so let the GPE be mg(1 - cosp) and expanded cosp to 2 terms. I added this to the KE of the centre of mass and the rotational energy 0.5Iw^2 of the cylinder.

    I therefore need some sort of relationship between w, the angular velocity of the cylinder about it's centre, and the angle p. I thought perhaps adp/t=bw, as the point on the cylinder in contact with the big cylinder will have a tangential velocity described by both. But basically I'm stumped - please help!
  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 17, 2008 #2
    no one?
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