I have been working on this problem for hours. I have been working on it on Google Docs with another user on this site for a while: https://docs.google.com/drawings/d/1...vre0Z6feA/edit

The problem: A small bead with a mass of 100g slides without friction along a semicircular wire with a radius of 10cm that is rotating about a vertical axis at a rate of 2.0 revolutions per second. Find the value of angle for which the bead will remain stationary relative to the rotating wire.

The answer: 52 degrees

Method: 1.588cos(theta) - the weight of the bead = 0 solve for theta

I'm not sure why that method works (gets the answer) and that's my biggest problem. I want to understand how this problem works.

This problem is difficult to understand without looking at the picture in the textbook. I drew the picture on the Google Docs link you may view. Tell me if you need any more information.