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Velocity and acceleration vectors

  1. Sep 19, 2005 #1
    I am having problems on how to find the J components in this problem.
    I know theI component of the velocity is 2i and that the j component is -1.296j but i don't know how to get this part. I thought u would plug the didstance d into the equation of the parabola but that didn't work out. I also dont' know how to find the acceleration normal to the parabolic surface. I beleive the acceleration is .6i +9.21j in which i found the j vector by 9.81-.6.
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  3. Sep 19, 2005 #2


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    the pin is sliding on the parabola because of the spring,
    not because gravity pulls it down!

    You want to use the chain rule here;
    you're given y(x) and x(t) .
    take symbolic derivitives first,
    then substitute x = .27 [m], etc.
  4. Nov 21, 2011 #3


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    I think that you should have started your own new thread rather than co-opting an old one.

    Speed is the magnitude of the velocity vector. If you've got the the velocity vector in component form, how do you find the magnitude of that vector?
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