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A seemingly straightforward example from lecture is causing me some confusion. The example was about calculating the angular momentum of a sliding disk (not rolling) about a point on the floor. The result given in lecture says the distance to the point on the floor is unrelated to the angular momentum:

[tex]\vec{L}=\vec{r} \times \vec{p}=\sum{\vec{r}_i \times \vec{p}_i}=\sum{\vec{r}_i \times m_i\vec{v}_i}=MRv [/tex]

where M is the total mass of the disc, R is the radius of the disc, and v is the translational velocity of the sliding disc. Now my confusion comes in at the last equal sign. I think it should read:

[tex]\sum{\vec{r}_i \times m_i \vec{v}_i}=\sum{m_i r_i v_i \sin{\theta_i}}[/tex]

where [itex]\theta_i[/itex] is the angle between each particles radius vector and the constant velocity vector. I don't see how this sum ends up as [itex]MRv[/itex] as was claimed in lecture.

I tried to write [itex] \theta_i [/itex] as a function of each ri and integrate over the disc, but didn't make progress. I know I can take the mi and vi out of the sum because they are the same for each i, but I still can't deal with the

[tex]\sum{r_i\sin{\theta_i}}[/tex]

Any help would be greatly appreciated! Maybe I'm just missing something really obvious, I don't know.

Thanks,

Sean

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# Angular Momentum of a sliding disc about a point on the floor

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