**1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data**

Two identical uniform cylinders of radius R each are placed on top of each other next to a wall as shown. After a disturbance, the bottom cylinder slightly moves to the right and the system comes into motion. Find the maximum subsequent speed of the bottom cylinder. Neglect friction between all surfaces.

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**3. The attempt at a solution**

Let the final speed of the lower and upper cylinders be vb and vu respectively and their angular velocity be ωb and ωu.

Conserving energy

[itex]3mgR + mgR=\dfrac{mv_b ^2}{2} + \dfrac{mv_u ^2}{2}+\dfrac{mv_b ^2}{4}+\dfrac{mv_u ^2}{4} + 2mgR \\

v_b ^2 + v_u ^2=\dfrac{8gr}{3} [/itex]

I have assumed that the cylinders do not slip on the surface and perform pure rolling. I need another equation as there are two variables.

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