# Angular Rotation

[SOLVED] Angular Rotation

## Homework Statement

A cockroach of mass m lies on the rim of a uniform disk of mass 7.50 m that can rotate freely about its center like a merry-go-round. Initially the cockroach and disk rotate together with an angular velocity of 0.250 rad/s. Then the cockroach walks half way to the center of the disk.
(a) What then is the angular velocity of the cockroach-disk system?

(b) What is the ratio K/K0 of the new kinetic energy of the system to its initial kinetic energy?
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(c) What accounts for the change in the kinetic energy?
centrifugal force
friction
cockroach does negative work on the disc
cockroach does positive work on the disc
gravity
centripetal force

## The Attempt at a Solution

Ok so Rotational Inertia of the Disk at all times would be (1/2)MR^2
Then the Rotational Inertia of the Bug would be mR initially and then (1/2)mR finally.

Since momentum is conserved Iw = Iw

Therefore,

(1/2)MR^2(.25) + (m)(R)(.25) = (1/2)MR^2(w) + (1/2)mR(w)

I have the mass of the uniform disk so I can plug that into M giving me

3.75R^2(.25) + (m)(R)(.25) = 3.75R^2(w) + (1/2)mR(w)

Now I'm lost, can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks

alphysicist
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Hi Nanuven,

## The Attempt at a Solution

Ok so Rotational Inertia of the Disk at all times would be (1/2)MR^2
Then the Rotational Inertia of the Bug would be mR initially and then (1/2)mR finally.

Since momentum is conserved Iw = Iw

Therefore,

(1/2)MR^2(.25) + (m)(R)(.25) = (1/2)MR^2(w) + (1/2)mR(w)

I have the mass of the uniform disk so I can plug that into M giving me

3.75R^2(.25) + (m)(R)(.25) = 3.75R^2(w) + (1/2)mR(w)

Now I'm lost, can anyone point me in the right direction? Thanks

The rotational inertia of the bug would be mR^2. After you have that, what would be the final value of its rotational inertia?