Statement of a problem № 10616


Two spheres are each rotating at an angular speed of 24 rad/s about axes that pass through their centers. Each has a radius of 0.20 m and a mass of 1.5 kg. However, as the figure shows, one is solid and the other is a thin-walled spherical shell. Suddenly, a net external torque due to friction (magnitude = 0.12 N ∙ m) begins to act on each sphere and slows the motion down. Concepts: (i) Which sphere has the greater moment of inertia and why? (ii) Which sphere has the angular acceleration (a deceleration) with the smaller magnitude? (iii) Which sphere takes a longer time to come to a halt? Calculations: How long does it take each sphere to come to a halt?

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