P. 4655. A piece of thread is wound around the rim of a very light disc if radius \(\displaystyle r=0.1\) m. An object of mass \(\displaystyle m=100\) g is attached to the free end of the thread. The disc has a horizontal axle at its centre and also there is a rod of negligible mass fixed to it. There is a small object of mass \(\displaystyle M\) attached to the end of the rod at a distance of \(\displaystyle R=0.2\) m from the centre of the disc.
Initially the system is at rest in the position shown in the figure. Suddenly the support of the object of mass \(\displaystyle m\) is taken away, and the small object of mass \(\displaystyle M\) just reaches the position indicated by the broken line, enclosing a \(\displaystyle 60^\circ\) angle with the vertical. After some lightly damped swings the rod reaches its equilibrium position, at which the angle between the rod and the vertical is \(\displaystyle \varphi\).
\(\displaystyle a)\) What is the mass \(\displaystyle M\) of the object at the end of the rod?
\(\displaystyle b)\) What is the measure of the angle \(\displaystyle \varphi\)?
\(\displaystyle c)\) If the system is displaced a bit from its equilibrium position, what is the period of the oscillation?
Deadline expired on 10 October 2014.