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henryc09

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## Homework Statement

A mass m is placed on top of a smooth hemisphere of radius

*a*such that [tex]\vartheta[/tex]=[tex]\pi[/tex]/2 (so it is basically on the top of the semicircle, with [tex]\vartheta[/tex] being the angle between it and the horizontal).

It is given a very small impulse and as a result begins to slide down one side of the hemisphere under the influence of the gravitational acceleration

*g*.

State the forces acting on the mass, giving their directions, and write down its radial and angular equations of motion in polar coordinates as long as it remains sliding on the sphere.

Find the reaction force between the mass and the surface of the hemisphere as a function of the angle [tex]\vartheta[/tex], and hence show the mass flies off the surface of the hemisphere when its vertical height has decreased by a/3.

## Homework Equations

I guess that

__a__= -r[tex]\omega[/tex]^2

__r^__+ r [tex]\delta[/tex][tex]\omega[/tex]/[tex]\delta[/tex]t

__[tex]\vartheta[/tex]^__

## The Attempt at a Solution

Only just started this section of the course and so struggling to get my head around a lot of the material. The forces acting are gravity and the normal force, and so I suppose the equation of motion would be:

m

__a__= -mgsin[tex]\vartheta[/tex] + N

__r^__- mgcos[tex]\vartheta[/tex]

__[tex]\vartheta[/tex]^__

Not sure how to express the normal force, but would I be right in saying it flies off where -mgsin[tex]\vartheta[/tex] + N < -mr[tex]\omega[/tex]^2

also when it's at height a/3 sin[tex]\vartheta[/tex]=1/3

But yeah basically I'm just pretty confused with this topic so far so any help would be appreciated.