Physics Quiz 5

See attached PDF “Problem Statement”.

Page 1 is a diagram.

Page 2 has the assumptions and problem statement.




I’m having trouble visualizing the wheel orientation.

It’s a standard-wheel vehicle. The wheels are not steerable. All four wheels are oriented “forward” (the front of the vehicle is labeled in the diagram).

*No, not quite that easy. But not too much harder. The vehicle is in static equilibrium. The wheels are not accelerating. Therefore, the net torque on each wheel (in the plane of the wheel) must be zero. Your solution does not satisfy this physical requirement.

It would appear that friction is trying to crush your robot into a diamond!

I know I’m doing something wrong.

  1. The wheel applies a force of Tau/R in the y direction. There is no motion in the wheel so Fy must equal Tau/R.
  2. There is no motion of the robot, so there must be a torque to resist that generated by Fy, namely that generated by Fx. Fx and Fy are at the same distance from the CoM and at opposite angles to the moment arm, so they must be equal in magnitude.
  3. F is the magnitude of Fy added to Fx: Tau*sqrt(2)/R
  4. To rotate, Fy must exceed Fx. This yields a net torque in the clockwise direction, which is what I assume is the goal.
  5. Fy>Fx
  6. Tau/R>muN
  7. Tau>muNR

I have a problem with my answer for B because I feel like Tau/R should not exceed the maximum static friction, because then there would be a lot of wheel spin, which doesn’t click for me. I also realize it’s what quinxorin already posted. I just don’t know how to do it otherwise.

See notes in red below:

Yeah, that’s what I figured. :\

Let me try again:
At equilibrium, F=muN
If Tau is any greater, it will overcome F?

*Notes in red below:

YAY! I can do physics!

solution attached

square solution.pdf (66.1 KB)

square solution.pdf (66.1 KB)