Physics Mechanics

1. A wedge of mass M lies on a smooth horizontal plane while a block of mass m=M/2 is in contact with the smooth inclined face of the wedge . The inclination of this face to the horizontal is 30°. The system is released from rest with the block at a vertical height H above the horizontal plane. When the block reaches the horizontal plane, find (i) the speed of the wedge, and (ii) the distance the wedge has travelled.

Update:

My approach is like this:

Normal reaction acting on the wedge by block

= Force acting on the block

= mg cos30

By basic geometry, horizontal component of the force= sin30 mg cos30

Acceleration= 1/2(mgcos30)/(M)=1/2(mgcos30)/(2m)

Update 2:

Considering the motion of the block:

s=0.5 at^2+ut

H/sin30=1/2(0.5g)(t^2)

H=1/8(gt^2)

t= 2sqrt(2H/g)

By v=u+at,

v=at=1/2(gcos30)(2sqrt(2H/g)

=sqrt(6gH)/4

=1.918sqrtH m/s

Update 3:

By s=0.5at^2+ut

distance= 0.5(1/4)gcos30 (8H/g)

= gcos30H/g

=cos30H

=0.866H m

Anyone can tell me whether I am correct or not?

Thanks a lot!

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  • 天同
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    6 years ago
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    Consider the block of mass m, acceleration of block down the wedge = g.sin(30)

    Use equation of motion: s = ut + (1/2)at^2

    with s = H/sin(30), u = 0 m/s, a = g.sin(30) m/s^2, t=? (where t is the time the block reaches the horizontal plane)

    hence, H/sin(30) = (1/2).(g.sin(30))t^2 (take g = 10 m/s^2)

    t = 0.8944[sqrt(H)] where "sqrt" stands for "square-root"

    Consider the wedge, force acting onto the inclined face = mg.cos(30)

    Hence, horizontal force pushing the wedge to move

    = [mg.cos(30)].sin(30)

    Horizontal acceleration of wedge = mg.cos(30).sin(30)/M = g.cos(30).sin(30)/2

    = 0.2165 m/s^2 (take g = 10 m/s^2)

    (i) Speed of wedge when the block reaches the plane

    = 0.2165 x 0.8944(sqrt(H)) = 0.1936.sqrt(H)

    (ii) Distance travelled by the wedge

    = (1/2).(0.2165).[0.8944sqrt(H)]^2 (use s = ut + (1/2)at^2 )

    = 0.0866H

    2014-09-05 19:49:19 補充:

    sorry, I made a wrong numerical calculation in the wedge acceleration. It should be,

    Horizontal acceleration of wedge = mg.cos(30).sin(30)/M = g.cos(30).sin(30)/2

    = 2.165 m/s^2 (take g = 10 m/s^2)

    2014-09-05 19:49:43 補充:

    (cont'd)... Hence, the speed in (i) and distance in (ii) should be 10 times the given figures, i.e. 1.936sqrt(H) and 0.866H respectively.

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