If the length of a ramp is 2.26m, and it takes 3.12s for a marble to roll down the ramp, what is the angle of the ramp?
There is no friction in this problem.

I'm trying to figure this out but I am in epic fail. How would I solve this?

Btw, this was a lab, so I know the angle is less than 45, and it's probably around 20, but I don't understand how to calculate for it.
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Quote by Pinto111
First figure out the acceleration of the block by dividing the distance in meters by time in seconds

that would give you the velocity i believe.

maybe you could solve the for the velocity in the way mentioned above and then use a kinematics equation involving distance and velocity. The horizontal distance should be set to (length of ramp)cos(angle of ramp). The problem is that there aren't any equations that don't also involve acceleration, and i can't think of a way to solve for the acceleration.

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Once you have that acceleration, use the equality

gsin(theta) = a

Where g is gravity(9.8 m/s^2), and a is the acceleration you just found.
Then you just solve out for theta

EDIT: Above is right! to find acceleration you take the root of the time and divide it into of two times the distance!
Last edited by Pinto111 at Aug 18, 2009,
Quote by Pinto111
First figure out the acceleration of the block by dividing the distance in meters by time in seconds

I do that to get 0.724m/s. Then I divide that by the time again to get a=0.232m/s squared. Since on a ramp the acceleration=(gravity)(sin of angle), i use the equation Angle=Invsin(acceleration/gravity), and i get 1.35 degrees, which is obviously wrong.

What am I doing wrong?
Quote by Pinto111
Acceleration = 2.6 m/s^2

? how did you get that?
That doesn't seem to make sense though, because it's saying it takes a second for it to go 2.6 meters, when it took more time to travel a smaller distance.

AP Physics is effing hard
Quote by FusionGTX
? how did you get that?
That doesn't seem to make sense though, because it's saying it takes a second for it to go 2.6 meters, when it took more time to travel a smaller distance.

AP Physics is effing hard

You use the eqution

x = V1t + .5at^2

where x is distance, V1 is initial velocity(here is zero), a is acceleration and t is time
Quote by Pinto111
You use the eqution

x = V1t + .5at^2

where x is distance, V1 is initial velocity(here is zero), a is acceleration and t is time

Ohhh so I can't just simply divide the velocity by time again to get the acceleration?
Quote by FusionGTX
Ohhh so I can't just simply divide the velocity by time again to get the acceleration?

Nope, I misspoke in my fist post.
Because the velocity is changing throughout the balls journey, when you divide distance by time you actually get the average velocity

So a different equation is needed to get the acceleration
Quote by Pinto111
Nope, I misspoke in my fist post.
Because the velocity is changing throughout the balls journey, when you divide distance by time you actually get the average velocity

So a different equation is needed to get the acceleration

So in the equation you posted, x isn't really the horizontal distance but just the distance of the ramp?

Assuming that, I would plug in as 2.26=(0.5)a(3.12)^2
And I would get a=0.462m/s^2.
How do did you get the acceleration you got? Because when I plugged that into the equation for the angle, I got a reasonable angle, but when I plugged this accelration in I ended up with about 3 degrees
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Just a guess, but wouldn't it just be something like Sin(Theta) * 9.8 = 3.12, giving you 19.05 degrees?

Edit: Nevermind, wrong. :p
s=ut + 0.5at^2

a = g cos theta

That should help
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