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A non-rotating cylindrical disk of moment of inertia I is dropped onto an identical disk rotating at angular speed w. Assuming no external torques, what is the final common angular speed of the two disks?

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    You doubled moment of inertia. Angular momentum total must be the same.


    If you keep angular momentum the same, then angular speed must be 1/2 the original.

    Rotational energy is not conserved.

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    1/2w

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