Main Question or Discussion Point
I have a question, let’s say I’m holding a long piece of wood such as. 1’ x 6’ plank and I’m rotating it in a circle by spinning around with my hands extended, I suddenly let go, what happens to the velocity of the wood since every point on the wood that is a different distance from the center of rotation is traveling at a different linear speed. I’m assuming the wood will try to spin around it’s center of mass but how would that work when the wood is let go of has all different velocities . Was just curious because when reading about physics of centripetal force it says the object will move about in a straight line but I’m assuming that’s for small objects likes balls and such, nothing is ever discussed when you have an object that is long and is spinning and let go of. Maybe I should try spinning a board but since I don’t have a safe place to do this I figured I would ask.