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Angular momentum conservation: determine velocity of impactor

  1. Oct 16, 2016 #1
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    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A uniform rod of length L and mass M hangs at rest from a frictionless pivot. The rod is hit a distance 0.8L below the pivot by a particle of mass m moving perpendicularly to the rod at speed v; the particle sticks to the rod. Following the collision, the maximum angle between the rod and the vertical is 90 deg. What is v?

    2. Relevant equations
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    3. The attempt at a solution
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  3. Oct 16, 2016 #2
    This is where I'm at. I need another equation for t in terms of moment of inertia, mass, or radius. At least I am about 80% sure that is all I need left to solve this.

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  4. Oct 16, 2016 #3
    In case you're wondering where ωf came from: It is the arclength equation S=rθ divided by time, where theta was given as π/2 (90 deg) and r is L.
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