(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

A tetherball with a string length of 1.5m is hit in such a way that it completes a circle around the pole with the string at 30 degrees from the pole. Assuming it doesn’t lose a significant length during the trip around the pole and hence takes a perfectly circular orbit, what is the time period for a circuit around the pole for the ball? (Remember the acceleration caused by the string has to have a y component such that it completely counteracts the gravity).

2. Relevant equations

c=2pir //for the circumferences of the sircle it travels.

xsinθ // distance from the pole to the ball, x direction only

ycosθ // distance from the ball to the top of the pole, y direction only

3. The attempt at a solution

I really only got what I have listed above.

x=0.75m , y≈1.299m , c≈4.7124m

I assume I'd need to figure out the force of the hit to keep it that far out from the pole, then calculate time from that, but I'm drawing a blank right now.

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# Homework Help: Time for a ball on string to travel around a pole.

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