# Angular momentum and Quantum Number l

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The question: Consider two masses of 0.1 gm each, connected by a rigid rod of length 0.5 cm, rotating about their center of mass with an angular frequency of 800 rad/s. a.) What is the value of l corresponding to this situation? b.) What is the energy difference between adjacent l-values for the l you have just calculated?

Relevant equations:
Moment of Intertia about center of mass = ∑miri
L=I * ω
L= ħ[l(l+1)]1/2

My attempt at part a of the problem:
r= 0.0025m
mass= 0.0001 kg

I = 2 * (0.0001 kg) * (0.0025 m2) = 1.25 * 10-9 kg m2

L = 1.25 * 10-9 kg m2 * 800 rad/s

L/ħ = 9.48*1027 = [l(l+1)]1/2

Which this is the answer, but when I solve for l(the quantum number for angular momentum) I get a number with order of magnitude of 1055 am I completely overlooking something here? I can't think of any other ways to solve this problem. Thank you in advance for your help!

Moment of Intertia about center of mass = ∑miri

Are you sure this is correct?

Look again, that gives the another formula than what you wrote

Well I also tried 1/12 ML2 but that still isn't working.

No you have to square the radius. I = mr^2, not mr.
Well I also tried 1/12 ML2 but that still isn't working.
I don;t see that on the page

OH that's my mistake, that was a typo it's supposed to be Σmiri2

If you don't know the mass of the ord you can't use the second equation because M is the mass of the rod

it's a rigid body.. so the mass of the rod is being ignored