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Rotational motion -centrifuge!

  • #1
1.A centrifuge rotor rotating at 5000 rpm is shut off and is eventually brought uniformly to rest by a frictional torque of 1.60 m·N. If the mass of the rotor is 4.70 kg and it can be approximated as a solid cylinder of radius 0.0780 m, through how many revolutions will the rotor turn before coming to rest?



2. Homework Equations Change rpms to rad/sec, Theta = Omega (initial)*time + 1/2*alpha*(t^2).. alpha*1/2*MR^2= Torque



3. I get 1950 revolutions once i switch back to revolutions by mult by 180/pi..

Is it my physics or my math? help please!
 

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ideasrule
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Can you show your work so we can find the problem?
 
  • #3
1.6=1/2(4.7)(0.078)^2*alpha
alpha=111.908 rad/sec^2..this is a negative quantity

Omega initial=5000 rpm *pi/180=87.266 rad/sec

Omega final=0= 87.266^2 +2(-111.908)(Theta)

Theta= 34.02 rad*180/pi = 1949.51 revolutions
 
  • #4
I dont know where Im wrong..
 
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ideasrule
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1.6=1/2(4.7)(0.078)^2*alpha
alpha=111.908 rad/sec^2..this is a negative quantity

Omega initial=5000 rpm *pi/180=87.266 rad/sec
That is not how you convert from rpm to rad/sec. rpm means revolutions per second. How many radians is in a revolution? How about seconds in a minute? Make the appropriate conversion using those values.
 
  • #6
ah! thankyou
 

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