Posted by **Lindsay** on Saturday, December 24, 2011 at 8:02pm.

A long thin rod of mass M = 2:00 kg and length L = 75:0 cm is free to rotate about its

center as shown. Two identical masses (each of mass m = .403 kg) slide

without friction along the rod. The two masses begin at the rod's point of rotation when

the rod is rotating at 10.0 rad/s.

(a) When they have moved halfway to the end of the rod, how fast (rad/s) is the rod

rotating?

(b) When the masses are halfway to the end of the rod, what is the ratio of the nal

kinetic energy to the initial kinetic energy (Kf=Ki)?

(c) When they reach the end, how fast is the rod rotating (rad/s)?

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**drwls**, Sunday, December 25, 2011 at 8:52am
Use conservation of angular momentum.

I*w = constant

I is the moment of inertia, which is

(1/12)Mrod*L^2 + 2m*R^2

R is the distance of the masses from the center of the rod.

w = 10.0 when R = 0

For (a) and (b), R = L/4

For (c), R = L/2

Let's do (a)

Angular momentum with massesw m at R=0:

= (1/12)*2.00*(0.75)^2*10

= 9.38*10^-1 kg m^2/s

(This remains constant).

When R = L/4 = 0.1875 m,

I*w = (2/12)*(0.75)^2*w + 2*(0.403)*(0.1875)^2*w

= (9.38*10^-2 + 2.83*10^-2)w

= 1.221*10^-1*w = 9.38*10^-1

w = 7.68 m/s

For (b), compare initial and final values of (1/2) I w^2

For (c), repeat the process of (a), but use R = L/2

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