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## Homework Statement

As of the past few hours I've been trying to make sense one how to calculate the velocity of a sphere that moves down a frictionless ramp. My biggest problem with this seems to be that I'm confusing myself with the linear velocity and the angular velocity. Note that the sphere starts at rest.

## Homework Equations

Conservation of energy:

[tex]mgh=\frac{1}{2}mv^2 + \frac{1}{2}I \omega ^2 [/tex]

Relation between linear velocity and angular velocity

[tex] v= \omega r [/tex]

## The Attempt at a Solution

I can get as far as equating the two and inserting the moment of inertia for a sphere.

[tex] mgh=\frac{1}{2}mv^2 + \frac{1}{2}(\frac{2}{5}mr^2 \omega ^2) [/tex]

Unfortunately now I have no clue how to proceed. I'm in a sort of dilemma where I know if it starts sliding down the ramp then it doesn't seem like there should be any rotation. But if there is no rotation then is there any point in including the final part of the equation? Of course I could always refer this to the kinetic friction and come up with some sort of argument but I just don't seem to understand how it can make it make sense.