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How far down can you slide on a rough ball?

Haiduke Sarafian
Organization: The Pennsylvania State University
Department: Department of Physics

2002 Applications of Computer Algebra Conference (ACA '2002)
Conference location

Volos, Greece

The motion of a massive object sliding down a rough spherical ball due to gravity is investigated. In terms of the initial speed and roughness of the surface, the author has applied Mathematica to evaluate angles and the run-times of the object as it leaves the ball. The criteria requiring the object to slide from the top to the equator of the ball is also investigated.

*Mathematics > Algebra

massive object, rough spherical ball, gravity