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Angular momentum - can you start spinning while falling?

  1. Nov 6, 2006 #1
    -- A person is hanging motionless from a vertical rop over a swimming pool. She lets go of the rope and drops straight down. After letting go, is it possible for her to curl into a ball and start spinning? Justify your answer....is there going to be angular velocity? will that allow her to spin?

    -- Sit-ups are more difficult to do with your hands placed behind your head instead of on your stomach. Why?.....does it have to do with moment of inertia? if not i have no idea where to go from here?!
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  3. Nov 6, 2006 #2


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