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A baseball pitcher pivots his extended arm about his shoulder joint, applying a constant torque of 170 N · m for 0.15 s to his arm, which has a moment of inertia of 0.53 kg · m2.
(a) Find his arm's angular acceleration and final angular velocity, assuming it starts from rest.
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(b) Find the final speed of the ball, relative to his shoulder, which is 0.76 m from the ball.

  • PHYSICS - , Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 1:51pm

    Newton’s 2 Law for rotation:
    M=I• ε,
    angular acceleration is
    ε = M/I=170/0.53=320.8 rad/s^2
    Final angular velocity (if initial velocity is zero) is
    ω = εt = 320.8•0.15= 48.1 rad/s.
    v= ωR = 48.1•0.76= 36.6 m/s

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