Calculate the total angular momentum of the system of particles pictured in Figure P.10 about the origin at 0. Figure is at www.webassign.net/reese1/p10-10.gif.
L = r X p
p = mv
The Attempt at a Solution
Since you are taking a vector product, there is no i or j component to the angular momentum, meaning there will just be k perpendicular to the plane. I read somewhere that when doing a system of particles, you should take the angular momentum of each separate particle and then add it up. However, when I do this I don't get the right answer... Using L = r X p:
For 1st 3m: -4i + 2j X -3i = 6k
For 1st 2m: 1i + 2j X 2i = -4k
For 2nd 2m: 1i -2j X 2j = 2k
And 6 - 4 + 2 = 4k, which is NOT the right answer. I don't know what I've done wrong...