ERIC Number: EJ1059608
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-May
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Reference Count: 12
Dynamics of a Sliding Ladder Leaning against a Wall
Oliveira, J. B.; Simeão Carvalho, P.; Mota, M. F.; Quintas, M. J.
Physics Education, v50 n3 p329-334 May 2015
This study is about the dynamics of a sliding ladder leaning against a vertical wall. The results are understood by considering the motion divided in two parts: (i) for 0 = t = t[subscript s] with one degree of freedom, and (ii) for t > t[subscript s] with two degrees of freedom, where the separation is determined by the instance t[subscript s], when the ladder loses its contact with the wall. The observed experimental details are explained by appealing a simple model based on elementary notions of mechanics. We emphasize some features, such as a maximum of the x component of the velocity and of the acceleration of the centre of mass in the first part, and a minimum of the normal reaction force on the floor in the second.
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