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Posted by **Alphonse** on Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:01pm.

a) What is the final angular speed of the astronauts as a fraction/multiple of ù0? (E.g. If you find that the final angular speed is half the initial angular speed enter 0.5.). Use angular momentum conservation.

b) What work does the astronaut do to shorten the rope as a multiple/fraction of the quantity Md^2ù0^2 (which has dimensions of energy)? (Hint: Calculate the change in rotational kinetic energy of the system instead, since you have no idea how the astronaut actually carried out the shortening.)

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**bobpursley**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:23pmThe problem is just too easy, with both of them having the same mass. So the center of rotation is at the midpoint, and radius of rotation is half length.

Itotal=2Ieach= 2*mr^2

after reducting the length, then

I total=2m*(r-.27r)^2

conservation of momentum

initial=final

2mr^2*wi=2mr^2(.73)^2 wf^2

solve for wf

I get wf=wi(.73) in my head. check that

work? find the change of KE in the before and after rotational energies

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**Alphonse**, Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 7:43pmIt's actually wf=wi(1/.54^2)=wi(3.43)

I can't seem to get the second part though.

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