# Urgent What is the period T in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

1. Nov 14, 2012

### riseofphoenix

What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it?

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This is what I did.

ac (first column on excel)

ac = v2/r
ac = (2πr/T)2/r

mhg (second column on excel)
0.07155(9.81) = 0.7019055
0.10422(9.81) = 1.0223982
0.11394(9.81) = 1.1177514
0.13392(9.81) = 1.3137552
0.15795(9.81) = 1.5494895

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2. Nov 14, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

okay so the period of the Uniform Circular Motion of the bob is the time that it takes the bob to go around the circle *once*. A complete rotation takes an amount of time that is equal to the length of time of the period.

If the period is 5 seconds, then the bob takes 5 seconds to go around the circle once. In other words, T = 2πr/v like you have it. This is exactly the same thing as t = x/v for regular motion. Since Distance equals Rate times Time, we have Circumference (the distance that the bob travels in the circle that it's making) equals Rate times Period. So T = 2πr/v, and then you can substitute that into the centripetal acceleration like you've done.

So then, if the bob has traveled around the circle 50 times, what would the distance traveled be? If we know that the time taken to travel a distance equal to the circumference is equal to T, then what would be the time taken to travel 50 times that distance (50 times around the circle)?

3. Nov 14, 2012

### riseofphoenix

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

Distance = r x t (time)
and for this particular problem
Circumference = = r x T (period)

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4. Nov 14, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

Well so the time that you are given is the time taken for the bob to go around 50 times. The period is the time taken to go around *once*. It takes the bob 50 times as long to go around 50 times as it does to go around once.

5. Nov 14, 2012

### riseofphoenix

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

99.77 s -------------- 50 times
T -------------------- 1 time

So,
50 T = 99.77
T = 99.77/50
T = t/50 (you do this for the other "t" values)

ac (first column in excel)

T = 99.77/50
T = 1.9954 for v1

v1 = 2π(0.1825)/1.9954 = 0.5746
ac1 = (0.5746)2/(0.1825) = 1.809
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T = 90.61/50
T = 1.8122 for v2

v2 = 2π(0.2430)/1.8122 = 0.8379
ac2 = (0.8379)2/(0.2430) = 2.889

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T = 92.31/50
T = 1.8462 for v3

v2 = 2π(0.2610)/1.8462 = 0.888
ac3 = (0.888)2/(0.2610) = 3.023

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T = 88.52/50
T = 1.7704 for v4

v4 = 2π(0.2980)/1.7704 = 1.0576
ac4 = (1.0576)2/(0.2980) = 3.753

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T = 87.38/50
T = 1.7476 for the v5

v5 = 2π(0.3425)/1.7476 = 1.231
ac5 = (1.231)2/(0.3425) = 4.427

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6. Nov 14, 2012

### SHISHKABOB

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

yes that is the correct calculation

7. Nov 14, 2012

### riseofphoenix

Re: Urgent!!! What is the period "T" in this equation? Or how do I solve for it

So this is what the graph looks like.

Answer: the mass of the bob (the slope of the line) is 0.3224 kg

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