Moment of inertia of the objects:
Thin spherical shell/hollow sphere:
Gravitational potential energy:
The kinetic energy of a rolling object:
Conservation of energy:
Four objects of various masses, each denoted m, all have the same radius. They are all rolling at the same speed as they approach a curved incline as shown below.
Rank the objects based on the maximum height they reach along the curved incline.
Solid disk, m = 0.5 kg
Hollow sphere, m = 0.2 kg
hoop, m = 0.2 kg
Solid cylinder, m = 0.2 kg
solid sphere, m = 1.0 kg
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