# Chapter 21 Rigid Body Dynamics: Rotation and Translation about a Fixed Axis

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1 Chapter 21 Rigid Body Dynamics: Rotation and Translation about a Fixed Axis 21.1 Introduction Translational Equation of Motion Translational and Rotational Equations of Motion Summary Translation and Rotation of a Rigid Body Undergoing Fixed Axis Rotation Work-Energy Theorem Worked Examples... 8 Example 21.1 Angular Impulse... 8 Example 21.2 Person on a railroad car moving in a circle... 9 Example 21.3 Torque, Rotation and Translation: Yo-Yo Example 21.4 Cylinder Rolling Down Inclined Plane Example 21.5 Bowling Ball Example 21.6 Rotation and Translation Object and Stick Collision... 25

2 Chapter 21 Rigid Body Dynamics: Rotation and Translation about a Fixed Axis Accordingly, we find Euler and D'Alembert devoting their talent and their patience to the establishment of the laws of rotation of the solid bodies. Lagrange has incorporated his own analysis of the problem with his general treatment of mechanics, and since his time M. Poinsôt has brought the subject under the power of a more searching analysis than that of the calculus, in which ideas take the place of symbols, and intelligent propositions supersede equations Introduction James Clerk Maxwell We shall analyze the motion of systems of particles and rigid bodies that are undergoing translational and rotational motion about a fixed direction. Because the body is translating, the axis of rotation is no longer fixed in space. We shall describe the motion by a translation of the center of mass and a rotation about the center of mass. By choosing a reference frame moving with the center of mass, we can analyze the rotational motion separately and discover that the torque about the center of mass is equal to the change in the angular momentum about the center of mass. For a rigid body undergoing fixed axis rotation about the center of mass, our rotational equation of motion is similar to one we have already encountered for fixed axis rotation, τ ext cm = dl spin cm / Translational Equation of Motion We shall think about the system of particles as follows. We treat the whole system as a single point-like particle of mass m T located at the center of mass moving with the velocity of the center of mass V cm. The external force acting on the system acts at the center of mass and from our earlier result (Eq ) we have that F ext = d p sys = d (m V T cm ). (21.2.1) 21.3 Translational and Rotational Equations of Motion For a system of particles, the torque about a point S can be written as 1 J. C. Maxwell on Louis Poinsôt ( ) in 'On a Dynamical Top' (1857). In W. D. Niven (ed.), The Scientific Papers of James Clerk Maxwell (1890), Vol. 1,

3 τ S ext N = ( r i F i ). (21.3.1) where we have assumed that all internal torques cancel in pairs. Let choose the point S to be the origin of the reference frame O, then r S,cm = R cm (Figure 21.1). (You may want to recall the main properties of the center of mass reference frame by reviewing Chapter ) Figure 21.1 Torque diagram for center of mass reference frame We can now apply r i = R cm + r cm,i to Eq. (21.3.1) yielding The term N τ ext S = (( r S,cm + r cm,i ) F N i ) = ( r S,cm F N i ) + ( r cm,i F i ). (21.3.2) ext τ S,cm = r S,cm F ext (21.3.3) in Eq. (21.3.2) corresponds to the external torque about the point S where all the external forces act at the center of mass (Figure 21.2). The term, Figure 21.2 Torque diagram for point-like particle located at center of mass 21-2

4 N τ ext cm = ( r cm,i F i ). (21.3.4) is the sum of the torques on the individual particles in the center of mass reference frame. If we assume that all internal torques cancel in pairs, then ext τ cm N = ( r cm,i F ext i ). (21.3.5) We conclude that the external torque about the point S can be decomposed into two pieces, ext τ S = τ ext S,cm + τ ext cm. (21.3.6) We showed in Chapter 20.3 that L sys S = r S,cm p N sys + ( r cm,i m vcm,i i ), (21.3.7) where the first term in Eq. (21.3.7) is the orbital angular momentum of the center of mass about the point S orbital L S = r S,cm p sys, (21.3.8) and the second term in Eq. (21.3.7) is the spin angular momentum about the center of mass (independent of the point S ) N L spin S = ( r cm,i m vcm,i i ). (21.3.9) The angular momentum about the point S can therefore be decomposed into two terms L sys S = L orbital S + L spin S. ( ) Recall that that we have previously shown that it is always true that τ S ext = d L sys S. ( ) Therefore we can therefore substitute Eq. (21.3.6) on the LHS of Eq. ( ) and substitute Eq. ( ) on the RHS of Eq. ( ) yielding as 21-3

5 ext τ S,cm + τ ext cm = d L orbital S + dl spin S. ( ) We shall now show that Eq. ( ) can also be decomposed in two separate conditions. We begin by analyzing the first term on the RHS of Eq. ( ). We differentiate Eq. (21.3.8) and find that We apply the vector identity to Eq. ( ) yielding d L S orbital = d ( r S,cm p sys ). ( ) d ( A B) = d A B + A d B, ( ) d L S orbital = d r S,cm The first term in Eq. ( ) is zero because p sys + r S,cm d p sys. ( ) d r S,cm p sys = V cm m total V cm = 0. ( ) Therefore the time derivative of the orbital angular momentum about a point S, Eq. ( ), becomes d L S orbital = r S,cm d p sys. ( ) In Eq. ( ), the time derivative of the momentum of the system is the external force, F ext = d p sys. ( ) The expression in Eq. ( ) then becomes the first of our relations d L S orbital = r S,cm F ext = τ ext S,cm. ( ) Thus the time derivative of the orbital angular momentum about the point S is equal to the external torque about the point S where all the external forces act at the center of mass, (we treat the system as a point-like particle located at the center of mass). 21-4

6 We now consider the second term on the RHS of Eq. ( ), the time derivative of the spin angular momentum about the center of mass. We differentiate Eq. (21.3.9), dl spin S N = d ( r cm,i m vcm,i i ). ( ) We again use the product rule for taking the time derivatives of a vector product (Eq. ( )). Then Eq. ( ) the becomes dl spin S The first term in Eq. ( ) is zero because d N r = cm,i N m vcm,i i + r cm,i d (m v i cm,i ). ( ) dr N cm,i N m vcm,i i = ( v cm,i m vcm,i i ) = 0. ( ) Therefore the time derivative of the spin angular momentum about the center of mass, Eq. ( ), becomes dl spin N S = r cm,i d (m v i cm,i ). ( ) The force, acting on an element of mass m i, is F i = d (m v i cm,i ). ( ) The expression in Eq. ( ) then becomes N dl spin S N = ( r cm,i F i ). ( ) The term, ( r cm,i F i ), is the sum of the torques on the individual particles in the center of mass reference frame. If we again assume that all internal torques cancel in pairs, Eq. ( ) may be expressed as dl spin S which is the second of our two relations. N = ( r cm,i F ext i ) = N ext τ cm,i = τ ext cm, ( ) 21-5

7 Summary For a system of particles, there are two conditions that always hold (Eqs. ( ) and ( )) when we calculate the torque about a point S ; we treat the system as a pointlike particle located at the center of mass of the system. All the external forces F ext act at the center of mass. We calculate the orbital angular momentum of the center of mass and determine its time derivative and then apply ext τ S,cm = r S,cm F ext = d L orbital S. ( ) In addition, we calculate the torque about the center of mass due to all the forces acting on the particles in the center of mass reference frame. We calculate the time derivative of the angular momentum of the system with respect to the center of mass in the center of mass reference frame and then apply ext τ cm N = ( r cm,i F i ext ) = d L spin cm. ( ) 21.4 Translation and Rotation of a Rigid Body Undergoing Fixed Axis Rotation For the special case of rigid body of mass m, we showed that with respect to a reference frame in which the center of mass of the rigid body is moving with velocity V cm, all elements of the rigid body are rotating about the center of mass with the same angular velocity ω cm. For the rigid body of mass m and momentum p = m V cm, the translational equation of motion is still given by Eq. (21.2.1), which we repeat in the form F ext = m A cm. (21.4.1) For fixed axis rotation, choose the z -axis as the axis of rotation that passes through the center of mass of the rigid body. We have already seen in our discussion of angular momentum of a rigid body that the angular momentum does not necessary point in the same direction as the angular velocity. However we can take the z -component of Eq. ( ) ext τ cm,z = dl spin cm,z. (21.4.2) For a rigid body rotating about the center of mass with ω cm = ω cm,z ˆk, the z -component of angular momentum about the center of mass is 21-6

8 L spin cm,z = I cm ω cm,z. (21.4.3) The z -component of the rotational equation of motion about the center of mass is ext τ cm,z = I cm dω cm,z = I cm α cm,z. (21.4.4) 21.5 Work-Energy Theorem For a rigid body, we can also consider the work-energy theorem separately for the translational motion and the rotational motion. Once again treat the rigid body as a pointlike particle moving with velocity V cm in reference frame O. We can use the same technique that we used when treating point particles to show that the work done by the external forces is equal to the change in kinetic energy ext W trans f = F ext dr d(m f V = cm ) dr i i cm = m d( V f cm ) V cm i = 1 2 m d( V cm V cm ) i f = 1 2 mv 2 cm, f 1 2 mv 2 cm, i = ΔK trans. (21.5.1) For the rotational motion we go to the center of mass reference frame and we determine the rotational work done i.e. the integral of the z -component of the torque about the center of mass with respect to dθ as we did for fixed axis rotational work. Then f ( τ ext ) dθ f dω f i cm = I cm,z dθ f z cm dθ = I i cm dω i cm,z = I cm dω cm,z ω i cm,z = 1 2 I ω 2 1. (21.5.2) cm cm, f 2 I ω 2 = ΔK cm cm, i rot In Eq. (21.5.2) we expressed our result in terms of the angular speed ω cm because it appears as a square. Therefore we can combine these two separate results, Eqs. (21.5.1) and (21.5.2), and determine the work-energy theorem for a rotating and translating rigid body that undergoes fixed axis rotation about the center of mass. W = 1 2 mv 2 cm,f I ω 2 cm cm,f = ΔK trans + ΔK rot = ΔK. 1 2 mv 2 cm,f I ω 2 cm cm,i (21.5.3) Equations (21.4.1), (21.4.4), and (21.5.3) are principles that we shall employ to analyze the motion of a rigid bodies undergoing translation and fixed axis rotation about the center of mass. 21-7

9 21.6 Worked Examples Example 21.1 Angular Impulse Two point-like objects are located at the points A and B, of respective masses M A = 2M, and M B = M, as shown in the figure below. The two objects are initially oriented along the y-axis and connected by a rod of negligible mass of length D, forming a rigid body. A force of magnitude F = F along the x direction is applied to the object at B at t = 0 for a short time interval Δt, (Figure 21.3). Neglect gravity. Give all your answers in terms of M and D as needed. What is the magnitude of the angular velocity of the system after the collision? Figure 21.3 Example 21.1 Solutions: An impulse of magnitude F Δ t is applied in the + x direction, and the center of mass of the system will move in this direction. The two masses will rotate about the center of mass, counterclockwise in the figure. Before the force is applied we can calculate the position of the center of mass (Figure 21.4a), R cm = M r A A + M rb B = M A + M B 2M(D / 2)ĵ+ M(D / 2)( ĵ) 3M = (D / 6)ĵ. (21.6.1) The center of mass is a distance (2 / 3)D from the object at B and is a distance (1/ 3)D from the object at A. 21-8

10 (a) (b) Figure 21.4 (a) Center of mass of system, (b) Angular momentum about point B Because FΔtî = 3M V cm, the magnitude of the velocity of the center of mass is then FΔt / 3M and the direction is in the positive î -direction. Because the force is applied at the point B, there is no torque about the point B, hence the angular momentum is constant about the point B. The initial angular momentum about the point B is zero. The angular momentum about the point B (Figure 21.4b) after the impulse is applied is the sum of two terms, 0 = L B, f = r B, f 3MV cm + L cm = (2D / 3)ĵ FΔt î + L cm 0 = (2DFΔt / 3)( ˆk) + L (21.6.2) cm. The angular momentum about the center of mass is given by. L cm = I cm ω ˆk = (2M(D / 3) 2 + M(2D / 3) 2 )ω ˆk = (2 / 3)MD 2 ω ˆk. (21.6.3) Thus the angular about the point B after the impulse is applied is We can solve this Eq. (21.6.4) for the angular speed 0 = (2DFΔt / 3)( ˆk) + (2 / 3)MD 2 ω ˆk (21.6.4) Example 21.2 Person on a railroad car moving in a circle ω = FΔt MD. (21.6.5) A person of mass M is standing on a railroad car, which is rounding an unbanked turn of radius R at a speed v. His center of mass is at a height of L above the car midway 21-9

11 between his feet, which are separated by a distance of d. The man is facing the direction of motion (Figure 21.5). What is the magnitude of the normal force on each foot? Figure 21.5 Example 21.2 Solution: We begin by choosing a cylindrical coordinate system and drawing a free-body force diagram, shown in Figure Figure 21.6 Coordinate system for Example 21.2 We decompose the contact force between the inner foot closer to the center of the circular motion and the ground into a tangential component corresponding to static friction f 1 and a perpendicular component, N 1. In a similar fashion we decompose the contact force between the outer foot further from the center of the circular motion and the ground into a tangential component corresponding to static friction f 2 and a perpendicular component, N 2. We do not assume that the static friction has its maximum magnitude nor do we assume that f 1 = f 2 or N 1 = N 2. The gravitational force acts at the center of mass. We shall use our two dynamical equations of motion, Eq. (21.4.1) for translational motion and Eq. (21.4.4) for rotational motion about the center of mass noting that we are considering the special case that α cm = 0 because the object is not rotating about the center of mass. In order to apply Eq. (21.4.1), we treat the person as a point-like particle located at the center of mass and all the external forces act at this point. The radial component of Newton s Second Law (Eq. (21.4.1) is given by ˆr : f 1 f 2 = m v2 R. (21.6.6) 21-10

12 The vertical component of Newton s Second Law is given by ˆk : N 1 + N 2 mg = 0. (21.6.7) The rotational equation of motion (Eq. (21.4.4) is total τ cm = 0. (21.6.8) We begin our calculation of the torques about the center of mass by noting that the gravitational force does not contribute to the torque because it is acting at the center of mass. We draw a torque diagram in Figure 21.7a showing the location of the point of application of the forces, the point we are computing the torque about (which in this case is the center of mass), and the vector r cm,1 from the point we are computing the torque about to the point of application of the forces. (a) (b) Figure 21.7 Torque diagram for (a) inner foot, (b) outer foot The torque on the inner foot is given by τ cm,1 = r cm,1 ( f 1 + N 1 ) = d 2 ˆr L ˆk ( f1ˆr + N ˆk) = d 1 2 N + Lf 1 1 ˆθ. (21.6.9) We draw a similar torque diagram (Figure 21.7b) for the forces applied to the outer foot. The torque on the outer foot is given by τ cm,2 = r cm,2 ( f 2 + N 2 ) = + d 2 ˆr L ˆk ( f2ˆr + N ˆk) = d 2 2 N + Lf 2 2 ˆθ. ( ) Notice that the forces f 1, N 1, and f 2 all contribute torques about the center of mass in the positive ˆθ -direction while N 2 contributes a torque about the center of mass in the negative ˆθ -direction. According to Eq. (21.6.8) the sum of these torques about the center of mass must be zero. Therefore 21-11

13 ext τ cm = τ cm,1 + τ cm,2 = d 2 N + Lf 1 1 ˆθ + d 2 N + Lf 2 2 ˆθ = d 2 (N N ) + L( f + f ) ˆθ = 0. ( ) Notice that the magnitudes of the two frictional forces appear together as a sum in Eqs. ( ) and (21.6.6). We now can solve Eq. (21.6.6) for f 1 + f 2 and substitute the result into Eq. ( ) yielding the condition that We can rewrite this Eq. as d 2 (N N v2 ) + Lm 1 2 R = 0. ( ) N 2 N 1 = 2Lmv2 Rd. ( ) We also rewrite Eq. (21.6.7) in the form N 2 + N 1 = mg. ( ) We now can solve for N 2 by adding together Eqs. ( ) and ( ), and then divide by two, N 2 = 1 2Lmv2 Mg + 2 Rd. ( ) We now can solve for N 1 by subtracting Eqs. ( ) from ( ), and then divide by two, N 1 = 1 2Lmv2 mg 2 Rd. ( ) Check the result: we see that the normal force acting on the outer foot is greater in magnitude than the normal force acting on the inner foot. We expect this result because as we increase the speed v, we find that at a maximum speed v max, the normal force on the inner foot goes to zero and we start to rotate in the positive ˆθ -direction, tipping outward. We can find this maximum speed by setting N 1 = 0 in Eq. ( ) resulting in v max = grd 2L. ( ) 21-12

14 Example 21.3 Torque, Rotation and Translation: Yo-Yo A Yo-Yo of mass m has an axle of radius b and a spool of radius R. Its moment of inertia about the center can be taken to be I cm = (1/ 2)mR 2 and the thickness of the string can be neglected (Figure 21.8). The Yo-Yo is released from rest. You will need to assume that the center of mass of the Yo-Yo descends vertically, and that the string is vertical as it unwinds. (a) What is the tension in the cord as the Yo-Yo descends? (b) What is the magnitude of the angular acceleration as the yo-yo descends and the magnitude of the linear acceleration? (c) Find the magnitude of the angular velocity of the Yo-Yo when it reaches the bottom of the string, when a length l of the string has unwound. Figure 21.8 Example 21.3 Figure 21.9 Torque diagram for Yo-Yo Solutions: a) as the Yo-Yo descends it rotates clockwise in Figure The torque about the center of mass of the Yo-Yo is due to the tension and increases the magnitude of the angular velocity. The direction of the torque is into the page in Figure 21.9 (positive z - direction). Use the right-hand rule to check this, or use the vector product definition of torque, τ = r T. ( ) cm cm,t About the center of mass, r cm, T = b ˆi and T = T ˆj, so the torque is τ cm = r cm,t T = ( b î) ( T ĵ) = bt ˆk. ( ) Apply Newton s Second Law in the ĵ -direction, Apply the rotational equation of motion for the Yo-Yo, mg T = ma y. ( ) 21-13

15 bt = I cm α z, ( ) where α z is the z -component of the angular acceleration. The z -component of the angular acceleration and the y -component of the linear acceleration are related by the constraint condition a y = bα z, ( ) where b is the axle radius of the Yo-Yo. Substitute Eq. ( ) into ( ) yielding mg T = mbα z. ( ) Now solve Eq. ( ) for α z and substitute the result into Eq.( ), Solve Eq. ( ) for the tension T, mg T = mb2 T I cm. ( ) mg T = 1+ mb2 I cm mg = mb 2 1+ (1/ 2)mR 2 = mg 1+ 2b2 R 2. ( ) b) Substitute Eq. ( ) into Eq. ( ) to determine the z -component of the angular acceleration, α z = bt 2bg = I cm (R 2 + 2b 2 ). ( ) Using the constraint condition Eq. ( ), we determine the y -component of linear acceleration a y = bα z = 2b 2 g (R 2 + 2b 2 ) = g 1+ R 2 / 2b. ( ) 2 Note that both quantities a z > 0 and α z > 0, so Eqs. ( ) and ( ) are the magnitudes of the respective quantities. For a typical Yo-Yo, the acceleration is much less than that of an object in free fall. c) Use conservation of energy to determine the magnitude of the angular velocity of the Yo-Yo when it reaches the bottom of the string. As in Figure 21.9, choose the downward vertical direction as the positive ĵ -direction and let y = 0 designate the location of the 21-14

16 center of mass of the Yo-Yo when the string is completely wound. Choose U ( y = 0) = 0 for the zero reference potential energy. This choice of direction and reference means that the gravitational potential energy will be negative and decreasing while the Yo-Yo descends. For this case, the gravitational potential energy is U = mg y. ( ) The Yo-Yo is not yet moving downward or rotating, and the center of mass is located at y = 0 so the mechanical energy in the initial state, when the Yo-Yo is completely wound, is zero E i = U ( y = 0) = 0. ( ) Denote the linear speed of the Yo-Yo as v f and its angular speed as ω f (at the point y = l ). The constraint condition between v f and ω f is given by v f = bω f, ( ) consistent with Eq. ( ). The kinetic energy is the sum of translational and rotational kinetic energy, where we have used I cm = (1 / 2)mR 2, and so mechanical energy in the final state, when the Yo-Yo is completely unwound, is E f = K f +U f = 1 2 mv 2 f I cm ω 2 f mgl = 1 2 mb2 ω f mr2 ω f 2 mgl. ( ) There are no external forces doing work on the system (neglect air resistance), so Thus Solving for ω f, 0 = E f = E i. ( ) 1 2 mb mr2 ω = mgl. f ( ) ω f = 4gl (2b 2 + R 2 ). ( ) We may also use kinematics to determine the final angular velocity by solving for the time interval Δt that it takes for the Yo-Yo to travel a distance l at the constant acceleration found in Eq. ( )), 21-15

17 Δt = 2l / a y = l(r2 + 2b 2 ) b 2 g ( ) The final angular velocity of the Yo-Yo is then (using Eq. ( ) for the z -component of the angular acceleration), in agreement with Eq. ( ). ω f = α z Δt = Example 21.4 Cylinder Rolling Down Inclined Plane 4gl (R 2 + 2b 2 ), ( ) A uniform cylinder of outer radius R and mass M with moment of inertia about the 2 center of mass, Icm = (1/ 2) M R, starts from rest and rolls without slipping down an incline tilted at an angle β from the horizontal. The center of mass of the cylinder has dropped a vertical distance h when it reaches the bottom of the incline Figure Let g denote the gravitational constant. The coefficient of static friction between the cylinder and the surface is µ s. What is the magnitude of the velocity of the center of mass of the cylinder when it reaches the bottom of the incline? Figure Example 21.4 Solution: We shall solve this problem three different ways. 1. Apply the torque condition about the center of mass and the force law for the center of mass motion. 2. Apply the energy methods. 3. Use torque about a fixed point that lies along the line of contact between the cylinder and the surface, First Approach: Rotation about center of mass and translation of center of mass 21-16

18 We shall apply the torque condition (Eq. (21.4.4)) about the center of mass and the force law (Eq. (21.4.1)) for the center of mass motion. We will first find the acceleration and hence the speed at the bottom of the incline using kinematics. The forces are shown in Figure Figure Torque diagram about center of mass Choose x = 0 at the point where the cylinder just starts to roll. Newton s Second Law, applied in the x - and y -directions in turn, yields Mg sin β f s = Ma x, ( ) N + Mg cosβ = 0. ( ) Choose the center of the cylinder to compute the torque about (Figure 21.10). Then, the only force exerting a torque about the center of mass is the friction force, therefore the rotational equation of motion is f R = I α. ( ) s Use Icm (1/ 2) α = a / R in Eq. ( ) to solve for the magnitude of the static friction force yielding z x cm 2 = M R and the kinematic constraint for the no-slipping condition Substituting Eq. ( ) into Eq. ( ) yields which we can solve for the acceleration s z f = (1/ 2) Ma. ( ) x Mg sinθ (1 / 2)Ma x = Ma x, ( ) 2 ax = g sin β. ( )

19 In the time t f it takes to reach the bottom, the displacement of the cylinder is x f = h / sin β. The x -component of the velocity v x at the bottom is vx, f = axt f. Thus 2 2 x f = (1/ 2) axt f. After eliminating t f, we have x f = vx, f / 2ax, so the x -component of the velocity when the cylinder reaches the bottom of the inclined plane is v x, f = 2a x x f = 2((2 / 3)g sin β)(h / sin β) = (4 / 3)gh. ( ) Note that if we substitute Eq. ( ) into Eq. ( ) the magnitude of the frictional force is f s = (1/ 3)Mg sinβ. ( ) In order for the cylinder to roll without slipping f s µ s Mg cosβ. ( ) Combining Eq. ( ) and Eq. ( ) we have the condition that (1/ 3)Mg sinβ µ s Mg cosβ ( ) Thus in order to roll without slipping, the coefficient of static friction must satisfy µ s 1 tan β. ( ) 3 Second Approach: Energy Methods We shall use the fact that the energy of the cylinder-earth system is constant since the static friction force does no work. Figure Energy diagram for cylinder 21-18

20 Choose a zero reference point for potential energy at the center of mass when the cylinder reaches the bottom of the incline plane (Figure 21.12). Then the initial potential energy is For the given moment of inertia, the final kinetic energy is U i = Mgh. ( ) K f = 1 2 M v x, f 2 I ω 2 cm z, f = 1 2 M v x, f 2 (1/ 2)MR2 (v x, f / R) 2 ( ) = 3 4 M v 2. x, f Setting the final kinetic energy equal to the initial gravitational potential energy leads to 3 Mgh M v x f 4 2 =,. ( ) The magnitude of the velocity of the center of mass of the cylinder when it reaches the bottom of the incline is in agreement with Eq. ( ). v x, f = (4 / 3)gh, ( ) Third Approach: Torque about a fixed point that lies along the line of contact between the cylinder and the surface Choose a fixed point P that lies along the line of contact between the cylinder and the surface. Then the torque diagram is shown in Figure Figure Torque about a point along the line of contact 21-19

21 The gravitational force Mg = Mg sin β î + Mg cosβ ĵ acts at the center of mass. The vector from the point P to the center of mass is given by r P,mg = d P î R ĵ, so the torque due to the gravitational force about the point P is given by τ P,Mg = r P,Mg Mg = (d P î R ĵ) ( Mg sinβ î + Mg cosβ ĵ) = (d P Mg cosβ + RMg sinβ) ˆk. ( ) The normal force acts at the point of contact between the cylinder and the surface and is given by N = N ĵ. The vector from the point P to the point of contact between the cylinder and the surface is r P,N = d P î. Therefore the torque due to the normal force about the point P is given by τ P,N = r P,N N = (d P î) ( N ĵ) = d P N ˆk. ( ) Substituting Eq. ( ) for the normal force into Eq. ( ) yields τ P,N = d P Mg cosβ ˆk. ( ) Therefore the sum of the torques about the point P is τ P = τ P, Mg + τ P,N = (d P Mg cosβ + RMg sinβ) ˆk d P Mg cosβ ˆk = Rmg sinβ ˆk. ( ) The angular momentum about the point P is given by L P = L cm + r P,cm M V cm = I cm ω z ˆk + (dp î R ĵ) (Mv x ) î = (I cm ω z + RMv x ) ˆk The time derivative of the angular momentum about the point P is then. ( ) d L P = (I cm α z + RMa x ) ˆk. ( ) Therefore the torque law about the point P, becomes RMgsin β ˆk = (I cm α z + RMa x )ˆk. ( ) Using the fact that I cm = (1 / 2)MR 2 and α x = ax / R, the z -component of Eq. ( ) is then 21-20

22 RMg sin β = (1/ 2) MRa + Rma = (3/ 2) MRa. ( ) x x x We can now solve Eq. ( ) for the x -component of the acceleration in agreement with Eq. ( ). Example 21.5 Bowling Ball a = (2 / 3) g sin β, ( ) x A bowling ball of mass m and radius R is initially thrown down an alley with an initial speed v i, and it slides without rolling but due to friction it begins to roll (Figure 21.14). The moment of inertia of the ball about its center of mass is I cm = (2 5)mR 2. Using conservation of angular momentum about a point (you need to find that point), find the speed v f and the angular speed ω f of the bowling ball when it just starts to roll without slipping? Figure Example 21.5 Solution: We begin introducing coordinates for the angular and linear motion. Choose an angular coordinate θ increasing in the clockwise direction. Choose the positive ˆk unit vector pointing into the page in Figure Figure Coordinate system for ball Then the angular velocity vector is ω = ω z ˆk = dθ / ˆk, and the angular acceleration vector is α = α z ˆk = d 2 θ / 2 ˆk. Choose the positive î unit vector pointing to the right in Figure Then the velocity of the center of mass is given by v cm = v cm,x î = dx cm / î, 21-21

23 and the acceleration of the center of mass is given by a cm = a cm,x î = d 2 x cm / 2 î. The free-body force diagram is shown in Figure Figure Free-body force diagram for ball At t = 0, when the ball is released, v cm,0 = v 0 î and ω 0 = 0, so the ball is skidding and hence the frictional force on the ball due to the sliding of the ball on the surface is kinetic friction, hence acts in the negative î -direction. Because there is kinetic friction and nonconservative work, mechanical energy is not constant. The rotational equation of motion is τ S = dl S /. In order for angular momentum about some point to remain constant throughout the motion, the torque about that point must also be zero throughout the motion. As the ball moves down the alley, the contact point will move, but the frictional force will always be directed along the line of contact between the bowling bowl and the surface. Choose any fixed point S along the line of contact then τ S, fk = r S, fk f k = 0 ( ) because r S, fk and f k are anti-parallel. The gravitation force acts at the center of mass hence the torque due to gravity about S is τ S,mg = r S,mg m g = dmg ˆk, ( ) where d is the distance from S to the contact point between the ball and the ground. The torque due to the normal force about S is τ S,N = r S,N m g = dn ˆk, ( ) with the same moment arm d. Because the ball is not accelerating in the ĵ -direction, from Newton s Second Law, we note that mg N = 0. Therefore τ S,N + τ S,mg = d(mg N ) ˆk = 0. ( ) 21-22

24 There is no torque about any fixed point S along the line of contact between the bowling bowl and the surface; therefore the angular momentum about that point S is constant, L S,i = L S, f. ( ) Choose one fixed point S along the line of contact (Figure 21.17). (a) (b) Figure Angular momentum about S : (a) initial, (b) final The initial angular momentum about S is only due to the translation of the center of mass (Figure 21.17a), L S,i = r S,cm,i mv cm,i = m Rv cm,i ˆk. ( ) In Figure 21.17b, the ball is rolling without slipping. The final angular momentum about S has both a translational and rotational contribution L S, f = r S,cm, f m v cm, f + I cm ω f = m Rv cm, f ˆk + Icm ω z, f ˆk. ( ) When the ball is rolling without slipping, v cm, f = Rω z, f and also I cm = (2 / 5)m R 2. Therefore the final angular momentum about S is L S, f = (m R + (2 / 5)m R)v cm, f ˆk = (7 / 5)m Rv cm, f ˆk. ( ) Equating the z -components in Eqs. ( ) and ( ) yields which we can solve for m Rv cm,i = (7 / 5)m Rv cm, f, ( ) v cm, f = (5 / 7)v cm,i. ( ) The final angular velocity vector is 21-23

25 ω = ω z, f ˆk = v cm, f R ˆk = 5v cm,i 7R ˆk. ( ) We could also solve this problem by analyzing the translational motion and the rotational motion about the center of mass. Gravity exerts no torque about the center of mass, and the normal component of the contact force has a zero moment arm; the only force that exerts a torque is the frictional force, with a moment arm of R (the force vector and the radius vector are perpendicular). The frictional force should be in the negative x - direction. From the right-hand rule, the direction of the torque is into the page, and hence in the positive z -direction. Equating the z -component of the torque to the rate of change of angular momentum about the center of mass yields τ cm = R f k = I cm α z, ( ) where f k is the magnitude of the kinetic frictional force and α z is the z -component of the angular acceleration of the bowling ball. Note that Eq. ( ) results in a positive z -component of the angular acceleration, which is consistent with the ball tending to rotate as indicated Figure The frictional force is also the only force in the horizontal direction, and will cause an acceleration of the center of mass, a cm,x = f k / m. ( ) Note that the x -component of the acceleration will be negative, as expected. Now we need to consider the kinematics. The bowling ball will increase its z -component of the angular velocity as given in Eq. ( ) and decrease its x -component of the velocity as given in Eq. ( ), ω z (t) = α z t = Rf k I cm t v cm,x (t) = v cm,i f k m t. ( ) As soon as the ball stops slipping, the kinetic friction no longer acts, static friction is zero, and the ball moves with constant angular and linear velocity. Denote the time when this happens as t f. At this time the rolling without slipping condition, ω z (t f ) = v cm,x (t f ) / R, holds and the relations in Eq. ( ) become R 2 f k I cm t f = v cm,x, f v cm,x,i f k m t f = v cm,x, f. ( ) 21-24

26 We can now solve the first equation in Eq. ( ) for t f and find that t f = I cm f k R 2 v cm,x, f. ( ) We now substitute Eq. ( ) into the second equation in Eq. ( ) and find that v cm,x, f = v cm,x,i f k m I cm f k R 2 v cm,x, f v cm,x, f = v cm,x,i I cm m R 2 v cm,x, f. ( ) The second equation in ( ) is easily solved for v cm,x, f = v 0 1+ I cm / mr 2 = 5 7 v cm,x,i, ( ) agreeing with Eq. ( ) where we have used I cm = (2 / 5)m R 2 for a uniform sphere. Example 21.6 Rotation and Translation Object and Stick Collision A long narrow uniform stick of length l and mass m lies motionless on ice (assume the ice provides a frictionless surface). The center of mass of the stick is the same as the geometric center (at the midpoint of the stick). The moment of inertia of the stick about its center of mass is I cm. A puck (with putty on one side) has the same mass m as the stick. The puck slides without spinning on the ice with a velocity of v i toward the stick, hits one end of the stick, and attaches to it (Figure 21.18). You may assume that the radius of the puck is much less than the length of the stick so that the moment of inertia of the puck about its center of mass is negligible compared to I cm. (a) How far from the midpoint of the stick is the center of mass of the stick-puck combination after the collision? (b) What is the linear velocity v cm, f of the stick plus puck after the collision? (c) Is mechanical energy conserved during the collision? Explain your reasoning. (d) What is the angular velocity ω cm, f of the stick plus puck after the collision? (e) How far does the stick's center of mass move during one rotation of the stick? 21-25

27 Figure Example 21.6 Solution: In this problem we will calculate the center of mass of the puck-stick system after the collision. There are no external forces or torques acting on this system so the momentum of the center of mass is constant before and after the collision and the angular momentum about the center of mass of the puck-stick system is constant before and after the collision. We shall use these relations to compute the final angular velocity of the puck-stick about the center of mass. Figure Center of mass of the system a) With respect to the center of the stick, the center of mass of the stick-puck combination is d cm = m d + m d stick stick puck puck m(l / 2) = m stick + m puck m + m = l 4. ( ) where we are neglecting the radius of the puck (Figure 21.19). b) During the collision, the only net forces on the system (the stick-puck combination) are the internal forces between the stick and the puck (transmitted through the putty). Hence, the linear momentum is constant. Initially only the puck had linear momentum p i = mv i = mv i î. After the collision, the center of mass of the system is moving with velocity v cm, f = v cm, f î. Equating initial and final linear momenta, 21-26

28 mv i = (2m)v cm, f v cm, f = v i 2. ( ) The direction of the velocity is the same as the initial direction of the puck s velocity. c) The forces that deform the putty do negative work (the putty is compressed somewhat), and so mechanical energy is not conserved; the collision is totally inelastic. d) Choose the center of mass of the stick-puck combination, as found in part a), as the point S about which to find angular momentum. This choice means that after the collision there is no angular momentum due to the translation of the center of mass. Before the collision, the angular momentum was entirely due to the motion of the puck, L S,i = r puck p i = (l / 4)(mv i ) ˆk, ( ) where ˆk is directed out of the page in Figure After the collision, the angular momentum is L S, f = I cm, f ω cm, f ˆk, ( ) where I cm, f is the moment of inertia about the center of mass of the stick-puck combination. This moment of inertia of the stick about the new center of mass is found from the parallel axis theorem and the moment of inertia of the puck, which is m(l / 4) 2. Therefore I cm, f = I cm, stick + I cm, puck = (I cm + m(l / 4) 2 ) + m(l / 4) 2 = I cm + ml2 8. ( ) Inserting this expression into Eq. ( ), equating the expressions for L S, i and L S, f and solving for ω cm, f yields ω cm, f = m(l / 4) I cm + ml 2 / 8 v i. ( ) If the stick is uniform, I cm = ml 2 / 12 and Eq. ( ) reduces to ω cm, f = 6 5 v i l. ( ) It may be tempting to try to calculate angular momentum about the contact point C, where the putty hits the stick. If this is done, there is no initial angular momentum, and after the collision the angular momentum will be the sum of two parts, the angular 21-27

29 momentum of the center of mass of the stick and the angular moment about the center of the stick, L C, f = r cm p cm + I cm ω cm, f. ( ) There are two crucial things to note: First, the speed of the center of mass is not the speed found in part b); the rotation must be included, so that v cm = v i / 2 ω cm, f (l / 4). Second, the direction of rcm pcm with respect to the contact point C is, from the righthand rule, into the page, or the kˆ -direction, opposite the direction of ω cm, f. This is to be expected, as the sum in Eq. ( ) must be zero. Adding the ˆk -components (the only components) in Eq. ( ), (l / 2)m(v i / 2 ω cm, f (l / 4)) + I cm ω cm, f = 0. ( ) Solving Eq. ( ) for ω cm, f yields Eq. ( ). This alternative derivation should serve two purposes. One is that it doesn t matter which point we use to find angular momentum. The second is that use of foresight, in this case choosing the center of mass of the system so that the final velocity does not contribute to the angular momentum, can prevent extra calculation. It s often a matter of trial and error ( learning by misadventure ) to find the best way to solve a problem. e) The time of one rotation will be the same for all observers, independent of choice of origin. This fact is crucial in solving problems, in that the angular velocity will be the same (this was used in the alternate derivation for part d) above). The time for one rotation is the period T = 2π / ω f and the distance the center of mass moves is x cm = v cm T = 2π v cm ω cm, f v = 2π i / 2 m(l / 4) I cm + ml 2 / 8 v i = 2π I + cm ml2 / 8. m(l / 2) ( ) Using I cm = ml 2 / 12 for a uniform stick gives x cm = 5 6 π l. ( ) 21-28

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