Washing Machine Mechanics#

A washing machine works by rotating the drum about a horizontal axis in a vertical plane. For thorough cleaning, detergent is sprayed from tiny holes in the surface of the drum.

Question Text#

Determine the minimum speed v for which the drum has to spin to ensure the clothes remain in contact with the drum for maximum detergent absorption. Treat the clothes as a single particle with mass, m = 2. The effective radius of the drum is r = 2. Assume the clothes do not slip relative to the drum anywhere along the circular motion.

Answer Section#

Please enter in a numeric value in m/s.


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