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Physics For Scientists & Engineers
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Review. A clown balances a small spherical grape at the top of his bald head, which also has the shape of a sphere. After drawing sufficient applause, the grape starts from rest and rolls down without slipping. It will leave contact with the clown’s scalp when the radial line joining it to the center of curvature makes what angle with the vertical?

Hence, the required angle is 54.0

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Step by Step Solution

Step 1: Free body diagram

Consider the free body diagram shown below for the given situation.

Step 2: Energy conservation

The energy conservation between the apex and the point where the grape leaves meet the surface.


From this, we get

g(1-cosθ)=710(vf2R)          .......(1)

Take a look at the radial forces at work on the grape.


We n0obtain at the moment where the grape leaves the surface

mgcosθ=mvf2Rvf2R=gcosθ    .........(2)

Step 3: Substitution of the values

We get by substituting equation into(2) equation . (1)


As a result, the needed angle is


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