A marble moves on a smooth plane which is inclined at an angle θ to the horizontal. The whole plane rotates at constant angular speed ω about a vertical axis through a point O fixed in the plane. Coordinates (ξ, η) are defined with respect to axes fixed in the plane: Oξ horizontal and Oη up the line of greatest slope in the plane. Ensuring that you account for the normal reaction force, find $\xi'', \eta''$.

By considering the marble’s kinetic energy as measured on the plane in the rotating frame, or otherwise, find a constant of the motion.

[You may assume that the marble never leaves the plane.]

For the last part, am I to assume that the quantity $T=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$ is conserved? This gives me $\frac{\omega^2}{2}(\xi^2+\eta^2\cos^2(\theta))-g\sin(\theta) \eta$ is constant.


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  • $\begingroup$ No the question does not intend that you should assume that kinetic energy is conserved - because that would immediately answer the question of finding a constant of the motion. The question is giving you a clue as to how to find a constant of the motion, by considering KE as measured in the rotating (accelerating) frame of reference. $\endgroup$ – sammy gerbil May 9 '17 at 19:21