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of the velocity of the moving point at thevinstant t. Obviously OV is parallel to the tangent to the path ang, and its magnitude is ds/dl, where s is the arc. If we project OV on the co-ordinate axes (rectangular or oblique) in the usual manner, the projections u, v, w are called the component velocities parallel to the axes. If x, y, z be the co-ordinates of P it is easily proved that

u = %, v =%, w =%. (I)

The momentum of a particle is the vector obtained by multiplying the velocity by the mass m. The impulse of a force in any infinitely small interval of time Bt is the product of the force into Bt; it is to be regarded as a vector. The total impulse in any hnite interval of time is the integral of the impulses corresponding to the infinitesimal elements Bi into which the interval may be subdivided; the summation of which the integral is the limit is of course to be understood in the vectorial sense.

Newton's Second Law asserts that change of momentum is equal to the impulse; this is a statement as to equality of vectors and so implies identity of direction as well as of magnitude. If X, Y, Z are the components of force, then considering the changes in an infinitely short time 515 we have, by projection on the co-ordinate axes, 6(mu) =X5t, and so on, or mff§ =x, m§ , § =Y, mi-gl-f=Z. (2)

For example, the path of a particle projected anyhow under gravity will obviously be confined to the vertical plane through the initial direction of motion. Taking this as the plane xy, with the axis of x drawn horizontally, and that of y vertically upwards, we have X=o, Y= -mg; so that % =°1 gg = "g

The solution is

x=N+B»y=-%P+O+D- (M

If the initial values of x, y, ob, y are given, we have four conditions to determine the four arbitrary constants A, B, C, D. Thus if the particle start at time t=o from the origin, with the component velocities uo, vo, we have

x=uat, y=vnl-égti. (5)

Eliminating t we have the equation of the path, viz. 2

This is a parabola with vertical axis, of latus-rectum 21402/g. The range on a horizontal plane through O is got by putting y=o, viz. it is zuovo/g. If we denote the resultant velocity at any instant by .i we have

-i'=i”+i'=§ <>*-2gy~ (7)

Another important example is that of a particle subject to an acceleration which is directed always towards a fixed point O and is proportional to the distance from O, The motion will evidently be in one plane, which we take as the plane z=o. If p be the acceleration at unit distance, the component accelerations parallel to axes of x and y through 0 as origin will be -px, ~py, whence

dfx

W = -Hx. §§ ix= -MJ# (3)

The solution is

x=A cos nt-{-B sinnl, y=C cos nt+D sin nt, (9) where n=~/iz. If P be the initial position of the particle, we may conveniently take OP as axis of x, and draw Oy parallel to the direction of motion at P, If OP=a, and £0 be the velocity at P, we have, initially, x=a, y=o, x=o, y=§ °; whence x=a cos nt, y=b sin nt, (10)

if b=.§ ¢/n. The path is therefore an ellipse of which a, b are conjugate semi-diameters, and is described in the period 21r/ /ii; moreover, the velocity at any point P is equal to //L ~ OD, where OD is the semi-diameter conjugate to OP., T his type of motion is called elliptic harmonic. If the co-ordinate axes are the principal axes of the ellipse, the angle nt in (ro) is identical with the “ ex centric angle.” The motion of the bob of a “ spherical pendulum, ” ie. a simple pendulum whose oscillations are not confined to one vertical plane, is of this character, provided the extreme inclination of the string to the vertical be small. The acceleration is towards the vertical through the point of suspension, and is equal to gr/l, approximately, if r denote distance from this vertical. Hence the path is approximately an ellipse, and the period is 2'/r ~/(Z/g). The above problem is identical with that of the oscillation of a particle in a smooth spherical bowl, in the neighbourhood of the lowest point, If the bowl has any other shape, the axes Ox, Oy may be taken tangential to the lines [of curvature at the lowest point O; the equations of small motion then are

B

A 2

dix x diy ~.

W- 'sr w =°g;' <“> C

where pl, pg, are the principal radii of curvature at O. The motion is therefore the resultant of two simple vibrations in perpendicular directions, o periods 21rx/ (pl/g), 27l'V (p2/g). The circumstances are realized in “ Blackburn's P pendulum, ” which consists of a weight P hanging from a point C of a string ACB whose ends A, B are fixed. If E be the point in which the line of the string meets AB, we have p, =CP, p¢=EP. Many contrivances for actually drawing the resulting curves have been devised. It is sometimes convenient to resolve the accelerations in directions having a more intrinsic relation to the path. Thus, in a plane path, let P, Q be two consecutive positions, corresponding to the

times t, t + 617; and let the normals at P, Q meet in C, making an angle 6, b. Let v (=§) be the velocity at P, -v v-l-Sv that at Q. In the time 6t

the Velocity parallel to the tangent at P P changes from v to v-|-ov, ulti- LFIG, 56 mately, and the tangential acceleration at P is therefore dv/dt or ii. Again, the velocity parallel to the normal at P changes from o to v61//, ultimately, so that the normal acceleration is vd:///dt. Since@..§ 2§§ fi” fi'// d*/'§ 2f

dt"ds d¢“%' "EE *EE dfp' 02)

Fig. 65.

C

5

jp 'v-4-bv

where p is the radius of curvature of the path at P, the tangential and normal accelerations are also expressed by v dv/ds and v2/p, respectively. Take, for example, the case of a particle moving on a smooth curve in a vertical plane, under the action of gravity and the pressure R of the curve. If the axes of x and y be drawn horizontal and vertical (upwards), and if 1//. be the inclination of the tangent to the horizontal, we have mv§ €= -mg sin p = -mg%;» @= -mg cos ¢+R. (13) The former equation gives

”2=C-233% (14)

and the latter then determines R.

In the case of the pendulum the tension of the string takes the place of the pressure of the curve. If l be the length of the string, nl/ its inclination to the downward vertical, we have 5s=l6l/, so that v=ld¢/dt. The tangential resolution then gives l%= -g sin ul/ (15)

if we multiply by 2d¢/dt and integrate, we obtain y (QLD2 =-¥ cos it-l-const., (16)

which is-seen to be equivalent to (14). If the pendulum oscillate between the limits ¢= ia, we have

(%f)2=%g (cos *COS a) =§ f(sin2 éa-sin' éjb); (I7) and, putting sin %P=sin éa. sin ¢>, we find for the period (r) of a complete oscillation

inn 1 if aa

" 4 O 214>"d"'4/ E 0 /"<1 -'sin'2s¢.sin2¢) =4/5 mein sa), us)