As shown in the figure, a uniform thin rod of weight W is supported horizontally by two supports, one at each end. At t = 0, one of these supports is removed. Find the force on the remaining support immediately thereafter.

Solution:

- Concepts:

Rigid -body motion - Reasoning:

Immediately after one of the supports is removed, the rod rotates about the other support. We have acceleration of the CM and angular acceleration about the CM. The resulting motion keeps the point resting on the other support fixed. - Details of the calculation:

Acceleration of the CM: W - N = Md^{2}Y/dt^{2}.

Angular acceleration about CM: N(L/2) = Id^{2}θ/dt^{2}.

I = ML^{2}/12.

To keep the point resting on the other support fixed we need

d^{2}Y/dt^{2}= (L/2)d^{2}θ/dt^{2}.

Therefore (W - N)/M = N(L^{2}/4)/I = 3N/M. W = 4N.

N = W/4 is the magnitude of the force on the remaining support.

A block with mass M hangs from a string that slides over a pulley without friction. The other end of the string is attached to a massless axel through the center of a hoop of mass M and radius R that can roll without slipping on a flat horizontal surface. The system is released from rest. Find the tension in the string.

Solution:

- Concepts:

Newton's 2nd law, linear and rotational motion, rolling - Reasoning:

We use Newton's 2nd law to find the linear acceleration. The rolling constraint is used to eliminate the frictional force in the equation. - Details of the calculation:

For the hoop: T - f = Ma, fR = Iα = MRa.

For the block: Mg - T = Ma.

Therefore f = Ma, T = 2Ma, Mg = 3Ma, a = g/3, T = ⅔Mg.

Or, using energy conservation, with the y-axis pointing down:

MgΔy = ½Mv^{2}+ ½Mv^{2}+ ½Iω^{2}= (3/2)Mv^{2}, gdy/dt = gv = 3vdv/dt = 3v a.

a = g/3, Mg - T = Ma, T = ⅔Mg.

Three cylinders with the same mass m, the same length h, and the same
external radius R are initially resting on an inclined plane. The coefficient
of sliding friction on the inclined plane, μ, is known and has the same value
for all the cylinders. The first cylinder is an empty tube with inner radius r
and density ρ_{1}, the second is a solid cylinder with density ρ_{2},
and the third has a cavity exactly like the first one, but closed with two
negligible mass lids and is filled with a liquid with the same density as the
cylinder's walls. The friction between the liquid and the cylinder wall is
considered negligible. The density of the material of the first cylinder is n
times greater than that of the second or of the third cylinder.

(a) Find the condition for angle θ of the inclined plane with the horizontal,
so that none of the cylinders is sliding, i.e. we have pure rolling.

(b) Find the linear acceleration of the cylinders when we have pure rolling.
Compare these accelerations.

(c) Find the reciprocal ratios of the angular accelerations of all three
cylinders if θ is large and the condition for pure rolling is not satisfied.
Compare these angular accelerations.

(d) Find the magnitude of the interaction force between the liquid and the
walls of the third cylinder when this cylinder is sliding, given that the liquid
mass is m_{l}.

Solution:

- Concepts:

Rigid-body motion, linear and rotational motion, rolling - Reasoning:

We are asked to compare linear and angular accelerations of three cylinders when they are rolling and when they are sliding.

(a) For a cylinder rolling freely on an inclined plane the equations of motion are

mg sinθ - F_{f}= ma, F_{f}R = Iα,

where α is the angular acceleration. The condition for rolling is a = αR.

Solving the system of equations we find

a = g sinθ/(1 + I/(mR^{2})), F_{f}= mg sinθ/(1 + mR^{2}/I).

The condition of non-sliding is F_{f}< μN, where the normal force N = mgcosθ. - Details of the calculation:

(a) Using F_{f}from above we need mg sinθ < μmg cosθ(1+ mR^{2}/I), tanθ < μ(1+ mR^{2}/I).

For none of the cylinders to slide, we have to use the largest moment of inertia I.

The moments of inertia of the three cylinders are

I_{1}= ½ρ_{1}π(R^{4}- r^{4})h, I_{2}= ½ρ_{2}πR^{4}h, I_{3}= ½ρ_{2}π(R^{4}- r^{4})h.

Because the three cylinders have the same mass we have

m = ρ_{1}π(R^{2}- r^{2})h = ρ_{2}πR^{2}h, which results in

r^{2}= R^{2}(1 - ρ_{2}/ρ_{1}) = R^{2}(1 - 1/n) with n = ρ_{1}/ρ_{2. }The moments of inertia can be written as I_{1 }= I_{2}(2 - 1/n), I_{3}= I_{2}(2 - 1/n)(1/n) = I_{1}/n.

We have ρ_{1}> ρ_{2}, n > 1, and therefore I_{1}> I_{2}> I_{3}.

The necessary condition for none of the cylinders to slide is tanθ < μ(1+ mR^{2}/I_{1}).

(b) The linear accelerations of the rolling cylinders are

a_{1}= 2g sinθ/[4 - 1/n], a_{2}= 2g sinθ/3, a_{3}= 2g sinθ/[2 + 2/n - 1/n^{2}].

a_{1 }< a_{2}< a_{3}.

(c) If the condition for pure rolling is not satisfied we have F_{f}= μN = μmg cosθ and α = (R/I) μmg cosθ

For the cylinders of this problem we have α_{1 }: α_{2}: α_{3}= 1/I_{1}: 1/I_{2}: 1/I_{3}= 1 : (2 - 1/n) : n.

1/α_{1 }: 1/α_{2}: 1/α_{3}= I_{1}: I_{2}: I_{3}= 1 : 1/(2 - 1/n) : 1/n.

α_{1 }<_{ }α_{2}< α_{3}.

(d) When the cylinders is sliding we have mg sinθ - F_{f}= ma, F_{f}= μmg cosθ, a = g(sinθ - μ cosθ).

Let F be the interaction force between the liquid and the walls acting on the liquid mass m_{l}inside the cylinder.F

_{x}+ m_{l }gsinθ = m_{l}a = m_{l}g(sinθ - μ cosθ), F_{y}- m_{l}g cosθ = 0.

F_{x}= -μ m_{l}gcosθ, F_{y}= m_{l}g cosθ,

F = (F_{x}^{2}+ F_{y}^{2})^{½}= m_{l}g cosθ (1 + μ^{2})^{½}.

A uniform rectangular object of mass m with sides a and b (b > a) and negligible thickness rotates with constant angular velocity ω about a diagonal through the center. Ignore gravity.

(a) What are the principal axes and principal moments of inertia?

(b) What is the angular momentum vector in the body coordinate system?

(c) What external torque must be applied to keep the object rotating with
constant angular velocity about the diagonal?

Solution:

- Concepts:

Rigid-body motion, the moment of inertia tensor - Reasoning:

The body is not rotating about one of its principal axes. - Details of the calculation:

(a) The principal axes are the symmetry axes. To find the angular momentum**L**= I_{1}ω_{1}**i**+ I_{2}ω_{2}**j**+ I_{3}ω_{3}**k**we have to find the moments of inertia and the angular velocity components along the principal axes.

I_{1}= I_{x}= ma^{2}/12, I_{2}= I_{y}= mb^{2}/12, I_{3}= I_{z}= I_{1}+ I_{2}= m(a^{2 }+ b^{2})/12.

(b) The component of ω along the principal aces are

ω_{1}= ωb/(a^{2}+ b^{2})^{½}, ω_{2}= ωa/(a^{2}+ b^{2})^{½}, ω_{3}= 0. ω = [ω/(a^{2}+ b^{2})^{½}] (b, a, 0).

**L**= I_{1}ω_{1}**i**+ I_{2}ω_{2}**j**+ I_{3}ω_{3}**k**= [mabω/(12(a^{2}+ b^{2})^{½})] (a, b, 0). (Note:**i**,**j**,**k**refer to the body-fixed axes.)

(c) Let d**L**/dt be the rate of change of**L**with respect to the space fixed axes, d'**L**/dt its rate of change with respect to the body fixed axes.

d**L**/dt = d'**L**/dt +**ω**×**L**=**τ**. In the body-fixed coordinate system**ω**is constant, d'**L**/dt = 0.

**τ**=**ω**×**L**= (ω_{1}L_{2}- ω_{2}L_{1})**k**= [mabω^{2}/(12(a^{2}+ b^{2}))](b^{2}- a^{2})**k**. (Note:**k**points along the body-fixed z-axis)

Near the surface of the earth a uniform disk of mass M_{1}
and radius R is pivoted on a frictionless horizontal axle through its center. A
small mass M_{2} is attached to the disk at radius R/2, at the
same height as the axle. This system is released from rest.

(a) What is the angular acceleration of the disk immediately after
it is released?

(b) What will be the magnitude of the maximum angular velocity that the disk
will reach?

Solution:

- Concepts:

The moment of inertia, Newton's 2^{nd}law applied to rotational motion, energy conservation - Reasoning:

The system is constrained to rotate about a fixed axis, gravity is responsible for a torque about this axis, the force of gravity is a conservative force. - Details of the calculation:

(a) The moment of inertia of the disk about its center is I_{disk}= ½M_{1}R^{2}.

The total moment of inertia of the system about the center of the disk is

I = I_{disk}+ M_{2}(R/2)^{2}= (2M_{1}+ M_{2})R^{2}/4.

When the system is released the torque is τ = Iα = M_{2}gR/2.

The angular acceleration α when the system is released therefore is

α = M_{2}gR/2I, = 2M_{2}g/[(2M_{1}+ M_{2})R].

(b) Energy conservation: ½Iω_{max}^{2}= M_{2}gR/2.

ω_{max}^{2}= M_{2}g R/I = 4M_{2}g/[(2M_{1}+ M_{2})R].

A dumbbell consists of two spheres A and B, each with volume V, which are connected by a rigid rod. A has mass M and B has mass 2M. The distance between the centers of the spheres is d as shown below. In all parts of this problem assume that the mass and volume of the rod and the moment of inertia of each sphere about its diameter are so small that they can be taken to be zero, and that air resistance can be neglected.

- (a) True or false?

If the dumbbell is dropped in a vacuum with the rod initially horizontal, the heavier sphere B will hit the floor first. - (b) True or false?

If the dumbbell is thrown on a frictionless horizontal surface with the rod horizontal, sphere B will move in a straight line with A rotating about it. - (c) What is the moment of inertia of the dumbbell about an axis, which passes through the center of mass of the dumbbell and is perpendicular to the rod?
- (d) The dumbbell is placed on a frictionless horizontal table. Sphere
A is attached to a frictionless pivot so that B can be made to rotate about
A with constant angular velocity.

If B makes one revolution in period T, what is the tension in the rod? - (e) Sphere A is now attached to a frictionless pivot so that B hangs
freely vertically. At some instant of time a strong wind begins to apply a
constant horizontal force to B. As a result, the dumbbell rotates about A
in a vertical plane.

What is the speed of B (in terms of F, d, g, and M) at the instant when the dumbbell is horizontal? - (f) The dumbbell is placed in water, which has density ρ. It is
observed that by attaching a mass m to the rod, a distance l from the center
of B, the dumbbell floats with the rod horizontal on the surface of the
water and each sphere exactly half submerged, as shown below. The volume of
the mass m is negligible. In terms of V, M, d, and ρ, derive the value of m
and the value of l.

Solution:

- Concepts:

Various concepts and definitions introduced in a general physics course, such as Newton's second law, torque, buoyant force, moment of inertia, etc. - Reasoning

The different parts of the problem test the student's understanding of some of the fundamental concepts introduced in a typical general physics course. - Details of the calculation:

(a) False: The only force acting on the dumbbell is gravity, giving mass-independent acceleration g.

(b) False: The CM will move in a straight line. Both spheres may rotate about the CM with angular frequency ω_{0}, if ω_{0}≠ 0.

(c) Location of the CM: MR = 2M(d - R), R = distance of CM from sphere A,

R = (2/3)d.

Moment of inertia: I = M(2d/3)^{2}+ 2M(d/3)^{2}= (2/3)Md^{2}.

(d) The tension must provide the centripetal force, F_{c}= 2Mv^{2}/d.

v = 2πd/T, F_{c}= 8Mπ^{2}d/T^{2}.

(e) The tangential component of the applied horizontal force is F_{t}= Fcosθ.

The tangential component of the gravitational force is 2Mgsinθ.

The magnitude of the torque pointing out of the page is

τ = Fdcosθ - 2Mgdsinθ = Iα. (I = moment of inertia, I = 2Md^{2}, α = angular acceleration.)

½Iω^{2}= ∫τdθ.

ω^{2}= 2(Fd - 2Mgd)/I = (Fd - 2Mgd)/(Md^{2}).

But ω^{2}= v^{2}/d^{2}. v = [(Fd - 2Mgd)/M]^{1/2}.

We can a also use the work-kinetic energy theorem.

Total work done by external forces: W = Fd - 2Mgd = ½2Mv^{2}.

(f) The system is at rest, the total force and the total torque are zero.

No force: ½ρVg + ½ρVg - Mg - 2Mg - mg = 0, m = ρV - 3M.

(buoyant force + gravitational force = 0)

No torque about sphere B: (½ρVg - Mg )d - mgl = 0.

l = (½ρVd - Md)/(ρV - 3M) = (m + M)d/(2m).