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A thin uniform rod is rotating at an angular velocity of 9.37 rad/s about an axis that is perpendicular to the rod at its center. As the figure indicates, the rod is hinged at two places, one-quarter of the length from each end. Without the aid of external torques, the rod suddenly assumes a "u" shape, with the arms of the "u" parallel to the rotation axis. What is the angular velocity of the rotating "u"?

Before: The system is a single rod of mass M and length L rotating about an axis through its center.

After: The system consists of three parts; a rod of mass M/2 and length L/2 rotating about an axis through its center and two masses M/4 rotating at a distance L/4 from the axis. (Treat these masses as particles.)

I know I should use the conservation of momentum, moment of inerta for the rod, Net torque= Inertia x angular acceleration but I have no idea where to start!!!

Help me exam tomorrow!!!

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# Angular Velocity?

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