# What is the pendulum's length?

## Homework Statement

Suppose that a simple pendulum consists of a 50.0 g bob at the end of a cord of negligible mass. The angle (theta) between the cord and the vertical is given by: (theta)=(0.01000rad)cos[(5rad/s)t ], where t is time. A. What is the pendulum's length? B. What is the pendulums maximum potential energy? C. What is the maximum tension in the cord?

PE=mgh
KE=1/2mv^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

I got part a. Part b is throwin me off. I know how to find the maximum kinetic energy (KE=5rad/s x .392m x .1 rad) Im confused as to how to find potential, and even more lost on the tension

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I have feel like mgh should equal KE because KE is energy in motion and the max potential of a pendulum would mean that its not moving right? As its about to swing the other way?

tiny-tim
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Hi BoostAdiction! Yes, that 's right … or, to put it in more mathematical language, PE + KE = constant, so PE is maximum when KE is minimum … in this case, when KE = 0! Hint: tension = radial component of weight minus acceleration … and the acceleration is … ? Woot! So in this case...PE=KE and KE = 5rad/s x .392m x .1 rad which equals, .196 J meaning PE does as well..Hopefully. Im gonna assume the acceleration is.... 0.5 rad/s^2?

tiny-tim
Can't work out how you got that … you should be using the formula for radial acceleration in circular motion … and it should depend on the angle. Have you been taught acceleration = v²/r = ω²r? 