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Homework Help: Rotational Inertia problem

  1. Oct 1, 2006 #1
    A lawn roller in the form of a hollow cylinder of mass M is pulled horizontally with a constant force F applied by a handle attached to the axle. If it rolls without slipping, find the acceleration and the frictional force.
    Let R1 be the radius of the hollow and R2 the outer radius, and (alpha) the angular acceleration.
    Sum Fy= n - M*g
    Sum Fx= F - f.
    Where n = normal reaction and f = friction force. Applying Sum F = M*a, we get n=M*g ....as ay=0.
    F - f = M*ax ....the equation for the translational motion of the center of mass. And where ax and ay are the accelerations in the x and y directions resprctively.
    And the equation of rotational motion about the axis through the center of mass is:
    f*R2 = I*(alpha)=.5*M*(R1^2+R2^2)
    f*R2 = .5*M*(R1^2+R2^2)*ax/R2: let a=ax
    f = .5*M*(R1^2+R2^2)*a/R2^2 .......(ii)
    F-f = M*a...(i) After adding i and ii
    The question is, is this correct or not? And where is it wrong?
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  3. Oct 1, 2006 #2

    Doc Al

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    Looks OK to me.
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