# Rotational Kinetic Energy

1. Nov 14, 2004

### gaborfk

Please, help with rotating rigid body problem

I am kind of stuck with this problem. Any takers?

A large, cylindrical roll of tissue paper of initial radius R lies on a long, horizontal surface with the outside end of the paper nailed to the surface. The roll is given a slight shove (V initial = 0) and commences to unroll. Assume the roll has a uniform density and that mechanical energy is conserved in the process. Determine the speed of the center of mass of the roll when its radius has diminished to r = 1.0 mm, assuming R = 6.0 meters.

This is what I got so far.

KE=(1/2)I(Omega)^2

for the cylinder I is :(1/2)MR^2

So mgh=(1/2)I(Omega)^2+(1/2)mv^2

I plugged in I

mgh=(1/2)(1/2)MR^2(Omega)^2+(1/2)mv^2

Then I used (omega)=v/r to get here

mgh=(1/4)MR^2(v/r)^2+(1/2)mv^2 the masses cancel

gh=(1/4)R^2(v/r)^2+(1/2)v^2

Now what? How do I get h? Thank you in advance!!

Last edited: Nov 14, 2004