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Homework Help: Rotational Dynamics, centre of mass.

  1. Jul 21, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A uniform plate of mass m is suspended in the way shown. determine immediately after the connection at B has been released ;:
    A) angular aceleration of plate
    B) acceleration of its centre of mass


    2. Relevant equations
    before b is detached
    t1 + t2 = mg (Linear equillibrium)
    t1 x c/2 = t2 x c/2 (rotational eqb)
    so t1 = t2 = mg/2

    3. The attempt at a solution

    immediately after B is opened ::
    axis of rotation thru A. for Torque of mg = mg x c/2 .............1
    also torque = Ia = moment of intertia x angular acceleration = (1/2 x m(c2 + c2/4) + 5mc2/4) x a

    so 'a' = 1.2g/c

    but that is not the answer.

    If you could please explain the Theory Involved and a general approach to solve the questions, i would be very thankful.

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  3. Jul 22, 2008 #2
    the pivot point is going to be the upper left corner of the disk, right? You gotta remember that the torque is not going to = mg or mg x c/2. You need to consider only the part of the gravitational force perpendicular to the lever arm (whose length you will need to figure out, it is the length from the center to the A corner of the plate).
  4. Jul 23, 2008 #3
    dont we consider the perpendicular length from the centre of mass, so that will be c/2.

    now even if we take the distance from centre to left corner, it will be c2/4 + c2/16 = 5c2/16.

    so torque will be mg x [tex]\sqrt{5}[/tex]c/4

    and equating it to Ia = (5mc2/8 + 5mc2/4)a

    gives a = 2[tex]\sqrt{5}[/tex]g/15c

    but the actual answer given is 24g/17c.

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