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Rotational problem

  1. Jul 25, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    During a certain time interval, the angular position of a swinging door is described by θ = 4.92 + 10.7t + 2.07t2, where θ is in radians and t is in seconds. Determine the angular position, angular speed, and angular acceleration of the door at the following times.
    first at t=0s
    then at t=3.10s
    finding for each time interval

    θ=
    ω=
    α=


    2. Relevant equations
    dθ/dt
    dω/dt



    3. The attempt at a solution
    so finding the angular position for t=0 i just took the 4.92 because both other parts are multiplied by time which here was 0 hence 4.92+0+0 and for t=3.10 just entered that time into that equation for θ and got 57.98 which was correct. When i tried to find ω at t=0 because ω=Δθ/Δt and you cant have denominator as 0 i thought they were trying to say that it had no angular speed at t=o which seems to make sense, but the answer wasnt 0 and same thing for angular acceleration.
    then for t=3.10
    ω=Δθ/Δt and got 4.56 rad/s which was also wrong and so was the angular acceleration.
    am i meant to be using instantaneous angular speed and acceleration? if so how do i do that?


     
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  3. Jul 25, 2016 #2

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    You shouldn't simply divide by t. The answer is a bit more involved than that.
    Yes, I interpret the problem for asking for the instantaneous angular velocity and angular acceleration.

    Do you know how to find the instantaneous slope of a curved function?

    Edit: do you know another way of expressing [tex] \lim_{\Delta t \rightarrow 0} \frac{\Delta \theta}{\Delta t} \ ?[/tex]
     
  4. Jul 25, 2016 #3
    Dont you take a line tangent to the point and find its gradient ??
     
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    Essentially, yes.

    Do you know the branch of mathematics that allows you to easily find the tangent on a curved line (and it's gradient, pretty much all in one step)?
     
  6. Jul 25, 2016 #5
    are we talking about derivatives? I am familiar with deriving functions and integrating functions but i am not sure how i could apply the first derivative to find the instantaneous slope of a curved function. hopefully you mean derivatives ?? haha
     
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    Yes, you take the derivative. The derivative of function is its slope. Taking the derivative of a function with respect to time gives the rate of change of the function.

    What is the rate of change of angular position?

    What is the rate of change of that? :wink:
     
  8. Jul 25, 2016 #7
    is the rate of change of the angular position just the angular velocity ??
    and the rate of change of that would just be angular acceleration wouldn't it ??
     
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    Correct and correct! :smile:
     
  10. Jul 25, 2016 #9
    okay great so how do i now apply this to the question ? im still a bit confused on how i would go about solving the question
     
  11. Jul 25, 2016 #10

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    Well, let's start with the angular velocity (we can come back to the angular acceleration when we're finished with that).

    You know that the angular velocity, [itex] \omega [/itex], is the rate of change of the angular position, [itex] \theta [/itex]. And you know that for a given function [itex] F(t) [/itex], the rate of change of that function is the derivative of that function with respect to time, [itex] \frac{d}{dt} \{F(t) \} [/itex].

    So how do you express [itex] \omega (t) [/itex] in terms of [itex] \theta(t) [/itex]?
     
  12. Jul 25, 2016 #11
    would it just be the first derivative of θ(t)??
     
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    Yes. That is correct! :smile:
     
  14. Jul 25, 2016 #13
    so in this main question im trying to solve, when they ask for ω i solve that by finding the answer to the first derivative of θ??
     
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    Yes, that is correct.
     
  16. Jul 26, 2016 #15
    just to make sure,
    θ= 4.92+10.7+2.07t2
    ω = dθ/dt = 10.07+4.14t
    α = dω/dt = d2 θ/d2t = 4.14
    right or ??
     
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    You missed a t in your theta, but otherwise yes, I think you have the right idea. :woot:
     
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