College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300



College Physics

11th Edition
Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
ISBN: 9781305952300
Textbook Problem

An object of mass M = 12.0 kg is attached to a cord that is wrapped around a wheel of radius r = 10.0 cm (Fig. P8.78). The acceleration of the object down the friction-less incline is measured to be a = 2.00 m/s2 and the incline makes ail angle θ = 37.0° with the horizontal. Assuming the axle of the wheel to be frictionless, determine (a) the tension in the rope, (b) the moment of inertia of the wheel, and (c) the angular speed of the wheel 2.00 s alter it begins rotating, starting from rest.


Figure P8.78


To determine
The tension in the rope.


Given info: The mass of the object is 12.0kg , acceleration due to gravity is 9.80m/s2 , the angle of the incline is 37.0° , and the tangential acceleration is 2.00m/s2 .

Explanation: The tension in the rope is given by MgsinθTMat=0 and it can be modified as T=M(gsinθat) .

The following diagram shows the free body diagram of block.

The formula for the tension in the rope is,


  • M is mass of the object.
  • g is acceleration due to gravity.
  • θ is angle of incline.
  • at is tangential acceleration of the pulley


To determine
The moment of inertia of the wheel.


To determine
The angular speed of the wheel after the 2.00 s.

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