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- by Elias Dubelsten, (2001) and Chris Murray (2002)

1. What is the moment of inertia of a 5.00 Kg 34.0 cm radius hoop about its normal axis?

To solve this problem, you merely have to look at the equation of the inertia of a hoop. The equation for the moment of Inertia for a hoop is:            I= mr². By plugging in the numbers, you end up with:

I= (5kg) * (.34m)²

I= .578 Kgm²

2. What is the moment of inertia of a 8.0 Kg 10. cm radius sphere about its center?

Just the same as problem #1, you can solve this problem by looking up the equation for the moment of inertia for a sphere. This formula is:         I=2/5mr²

I= (2/5) * (8kg) * (.1)²

I= .032Kgm²

3. What is the torque when you exert a force of 52 N on a 56 cm breaker bar?

In this problem, you are given the force (52N) and the radius (.56 meters). By using the equation: t = Fr, you can arrive at your answer. Just plug in the numbers:                                                            t = (52N) * (.56m)

And the final answer is: t = 29.12Nm

4. What force should you exert on a 14 cm long wrench to get a torque of 42 Nm?

This problem is similar to #4 in that you must use the equation t = Fr, however, you are given different values. In this problem, you are given the final torque value (42 Nm), and the radius (.14 meters). Therefore, you must reshape the formula to solve for the force:                        t / r = F

Then, by plugging in the numbers:          (42Nm)/(.14m) = Force

5. . If you exert a torque of 68 Nm on a flywheel with an I of 12 Kgm2, what is its angular acceleration?

To complete this problem, you must find an equation that has torque, angular acceleration, and moment of inertia. This equation is: t = I a. You are given the torque, and the moment of inertia, so you must reshape the formula to solve for angular acceleration, thus being left with the equation: t / I = a.

By plugging in the given values:              (68Nm)/(12Kgm²) = a

6. A drill exerts a torque of 80. Nm on a 1.2 Kg .12 m radius grinding disk that is a solid cylinder. What is the angular acceleration of the disk?

To solve this problem, you must recognize that you need to find the moment of inertia first. You are given the information that this is a solid cylinder (I = ½ mr²), and has a radius of .12 meters, and a mass of 1.2 kilograms. Therefore, to solve for the moment of inertia, you can simply plug the given values into the formula:

I = ½ mr²         thus getting      ½ *1.2 * .12² =  .00864. Then, now that you know the I to help get to your final answer. The problem asks for the angular acceleration of a drill with a torque of 80Nm, and now, since you know the I in the equation: t = I a, you can easily solve this. Because you are solving for angular acceleration, you need to reshape the formula to fit your needs: t / I = a. Now, just plug in the numbers: (80Nm)/(.00864) = a

7. A 34.2 gram marble rolls from rest down a ramp that loses 67.5 cm of height. What is the final velocity of the marble? What is its rotational kinetic energy at the bottom, and what is its translational kinetic energy at the bottom? Assuming the ramp was linear and 3.56 m long, and the marble had a radius of .342 cm, what was the angular acceleration of the marble as it moved down the incline?

I am going to use energy to solve this, as it is my favorite way.  Assuming the marble starts at rest, it has only potential energy at the top of the plane, and at the bottom, as it is rolling, it has both translational and rotational kinetic energy.  So our energy equation looks like:
mgh =
= 1/2mv2 1/2Iw2

I am going to substitute to get rid of angular quantities.
I = 2/5mr2 for a sphere, and  w = v/r:

mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/2(2/5mr2)(v/r)2
mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/2(2/5mr2)(v2/r2)

cancel the
r2
mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/2(2/5m)(v2)
mgh
= 1/2mv2 (2/10m)(v2) = 7/10mv2
mgh
= 7/10mv2

finally cancel the m
gh
= 7/10v2

so the final velocity is
v =
Ö(10gh/7) = 3.0741 m/s

Now we can find the angular velocity of the marble:  (just for fun!!!!)
w = v/r = (3.0741 m/s)/(.342x10-2 m) = 898.8553303 rad/s

The rotational kinetic energy can be found from the linear velocity if we follow the substitutions:
Ekrot
1/2Iw2  = 1/2(2/5mr2)(v/r)2 = (2/10m)(v2) = 2/10(.0342 m)(3.0741 m/s) = 0.06464 J

Now let's find the translational kinetic energy:
KE
= 1/2(.0342)(3.0741 m/s)2 = 0.1616 J

To find the angular acceleration, I am going to find the linear acceleration of the ball as it went down the plane, and then use a tangential relationship to find the angular acceleration:
v2 = u2 + 2as    :u = 0; s = 3.56 m; v = 3.0741 m/s
a = 1.327 m/s/s
a = a/r = (1.327 m/s/s)/(.342x10-2 m) = 388 rad/s/s

8. A uniform cylinder with a mass of 5.6 kg and a radius of .32 m is free to rotate about a horizontal axis. There is a weight of 92 grams tied to a string that is wrapped around the cylinder. The weight accelerates toward the ground. What is the moment of inertia of the cylinder? What is the angular velocity of the cylinder when it has completed one revolution? What was the cylinder's angular acceleration as the weight fell? The moment of inertia of the cylinder is 1/2mr2 =  1/2(5.6 kg)(.32 m)2 = 0.287 kgm2

I am  (no surprise) going to use energy again.  The potential energy of the mass that falls is converted into kinetic energy of the mass, and rotational kinetic energy of the pulley:
mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/2Iw2

but the translational kinetic energy belongs solely to the falling mass, and the rotational kinetic energy is that of the cylinder.

Let M be the mass of the cylinder, and r be its radius, and m be the falling mass:
Substituting to linear quantities:
w = v/r
I = 1/2mr2

mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/2(1/2Mr2)(v/r)2
mgh
= 1/2mv2 1/4Mv2

We cannot cancel the masses as m is the falling mass, and M is the cylinder mass, but we can do a little factoring:
mgh
= v2(1/2m1/4M)
v2 = mgh/(1/2m1/4M)

The problem asks about after the cylinder has completed one revolution, and we need the height, so the change in height of the falling mass would be one circumference:
h = circumference of pulley = 2
pr = 2p(.32 m) = 2.0106 m
v =
Ö{mgh/(1/2m1/4M)} = Ö{(.092 kg)(9.8 m/s/s)(2.0106 m)/(1/2(.092 kg)1/4(5.6 kg))} = 1.1197 m/s

Now we can find the angular final velocity using tangential relationships:
w = v/r = (1.1197 m/s)/(.32 m) = 3.49895011 rad/s = 3.5 rad/s

To find the angular acceleration of the pulley as the mass fell, let's find the linear acceleration of the falling mass (which is also the tangential acceleration of the cylinder, as the string is wrapped around the edge
v2 = u2 + 2as  :   u = 0; s = 2.0106 m; v = 1.1197  m/s
a = 0.3118 m/s/s
a = a/r = (0.3118 m/s/s)/(.32 m) = 0.974 rad/s/s

9. In figure 8-44 (on page 237) the cylindrical pulley has a mass of 5.21 kg, a radius of .450 m, mass 1 is 7.82 kg, and mass 2 is 5.34 kg Mass 2 is resting on the ground, and mass 1 is 17.2 cm above the ground. Calculate the vertical acceleration of the masses, and the speed at which mass 1 hits the ground.

 Before After  Energy time.  The potential energy of mass 1 goes to the translational kinetic energies of both masses and to the rotational kinetic energy of the pulley as well as the potential energy of mass 2, just before mass 1 strikes the ground:

m1gh
= 1/2m1v2 +1/2m2v2 + m2gh +  1/2Iw2

Substitute for the rotational term:
w = v/r
I = 1/2mr2

m1gh
= 1/2m1v2 +1/2m2v2 + m2gh +  1/2(1/2Mr2)(v/r)2
m1gh
= 1/2m1v2 +1/2m2v2 + m2gh +  1/4Mv2

Now solve for the final velocity:
m1gh -m2gh
= 1/2m1v2 +1/2m2v2 1/4Mv2
m1gh -m2gh
= v2( 1/2m1 +1/2m21/4M)
gh(m1 -m2)
= v2( 1/2m1 +1/2m21/4M)
gh(m1 -m2)/
( 1/2m1 +1/2m21/4M) = v2
v =
Ö{gh(m1 -m2)/( 1/2m1 +1/2m21/4M)}
v =
Ö{(9.80 m/s/s)(.172 m)((7.82 kg) -(5.34 kg))/( 1/2(7.82 kg) +1/25.34 kg) +  1/4(5.21 kg))}
v = 0.72823 m/s

Now to calculate the linear acceleration of the masses:
v2 = u2 + 2as    :u = 0; s = .172 m; v = 10.72823 m/s
a = 1.54 m/s/s

10. What is the angular momentum of a gyroscope that is a solid cylinder with a radius of .24 m, a mass of 15 Kg and a angular velocity of 140 rad/sec

The formula for angular momentum is the direct analog for linear momentum p = mv:
L = Iw

We need to calculate the moment of inertia.
I = 1/2mr2
I = 1/2(15 kg)(.24 m)2 = 0.432 kgm2

Now calculate the angular momentum:
L = Iw = (0.432 kgm2)(140 rad/s) = 60.48 kgm2/s

11. A ballerina spinning at 1.2 rev/sec with a moment of inertia of 2.6 Kgm2 pulls her arms in so that her new moment of inertia is 1.8 Kgm2. What is her new angular speed?

This is a conservation of angular momentum problem.  The angular kinetic energy would not be conserved as the ballerina would do work in pulling in her arms that would be manifested as rotational kinetic energy.  (it would go up)
Now, the formula for angular momentum is:
L = Iw
So basically, L before = L after:
I1w1 = I2w2
(2.6 Kgm2)(1.2 rev/sec) = (1.8 Kgm2)w2
w2 = 1.73rev/s
Note that the units cancel, so we don't have to convert to radians per second

12. A group of children playing on a merry go round spinning at 52 rpm with a moment of inertia of 200 Kgm2 move to its center so that the new moment of inertia is 120 Kgm2. What is the new angular speed?

This is a conservation of angular momentum problem.  The angular kinetic energy would not be conserved as the ballerina would do work in pulling in her arms that would be manifested as rotational kinetic energy.  (it would go up)
Now, the formula for angular momentum is:
L = Iw
So basically, L before = L after:
I1w1 = I2w2
(200 Kgm2)(52 RPM) = (120 Kgm2)w2
w2 = 86.7 RPM
Note that the units cancel, so we don't have to convert to radians per second

13. A figure skater spinning at 3.4 rad/sec with a moment of inertia of 3.2 Kgm2 puts his arms out so that his new moment of inertia is 4.5 Kgm2. What is his new angular speed?

So basically, L before = L after:
I1w1 = I2w2
(3.2 Kgm2)(3.4 rad/s) = (4.5 Kgm2)w2
Note that the units cancel, so we don't have to convert to radians per second