Physics
posted by Joe .
A ball (mass m = 250 g) on the end of an ideal string is moving in a circular motion as a conical pendulum. The length L of the string is 1.84 m and the angle with the vertical is 37 degrees.
a) What is the magnitude of the torque (N m) exerted on the ball about the support point?
b) What is the magnitude of the angular momentum (kg m^2/2) of the ball about the support point?
Correct Answers: a) 2.71 b) 1.32
For a I assumed 0 because there wasn't any said force. I do not know how to solve problem.
For b I used L = m*v*r where L = momentum
m = .250 kg
v = (r * g * tan 37 )^(0.5) = (L*sin 37*9.8*tan 37)^(0.5) = 2.8596
r = L * sin 37 = 1.84 * sin 37= 1.10733
Therefore L = .791 This was supposedly incorrect

a. torque= LXforce, force is mg downward.
torque= 1.84*.250*9.8*sin(18037) 
Any idea how I was hung up on 2nd one?

(a) There two forces acting on the ball: gravity and tension. The line of tension psses through the support point => its torque about this point is zero.
The totque of gravity about support point is
τ=mg•Lsinα=0.25•9.8•1.84•sin37º= 2.71 N•m
(b)
x and yprojections of acting forces are
x: m•v²/R= T•sinα, (1)
y: m•g=T•cosα. (2)
Divide (1) by (2)
m•v²/R•m•g = T•sinα/ T•cosα
v=sqrt(R•g•tanα) =
=sqrt(L•sinα• g•tanα)=
sqrt(1.84•9.8•0.6•0.75) =2.86 m/s.
Angular momentum =m•v•L=
0.25•2.86•1.84=1.32 kg•m²/s.