Given a solid bowl (an idealized hemisphere, the opening facing straight up), let a slender rod rest in the bowl supported at two points: a point on the bowl's edge, and some point on the bowl's interior surface.
The bowl's edge exerts a force on the rod which is perpendicular to the rod's length.
The bowl's interior exerts, on the rod's end, a force which is perpendicular to the bowl's surface (at the point where they meet).
If the rod's length is three times the radius of the bowl, what is the angle between the rod, and the plane of the bowl's edge?
Consider the plane determined by the rod and the center of the bowl as perpendicular to the plane determined by the edge of the bowl.
Posted by Bractals
on 2005-01-01 05:08:43