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Homework Help: Using tensions to find maximum velocity

  1. Nov 9, 2013 #1
    An object is constrained by a cord to move in a circular path of radius 0.5m on a horizontal frictionless surface. The cord will break if its tension exceeds 16N. The maximum kinetic energy the object can have is:

    Attempt at solution:

    Well if tension can only be constant, then velocity is maximum when:

    T = mv2/r - mg, right?

    since v must be subtracted from to equal T, and this is the case at the bottom of the circle when it is motion.

    So then I isolate m,

    m = 16 / (2v2 - 9.8)

    Then I use K = [8/(2v2 - 9.8)]v2

    Now when I get here, I run out of equations to use. I am thinking I have forgotten something, but when I keep trying to isolate for v in other equations, I just keep getting the same answer.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated! :)
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 9, 2013 #2
    Tension is just mv2/r. Gravity is acting perpendicular to the tension force.

    Don't try isolate m or v separately. Remember, kinetic energy is .5 mv2.
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