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Homework Help: Axis of Rotation

  1. Feb 14, 2009 #1
    Very quick question: A uniform meter stick held by one end is swung in an arc and released when the person’s arm is horizontal, so that it moves initially away from the ground. About which point will it rotate as it flies before striking the ground?

    Is it the 50cm mark since once released, the only force acting is gravity which acts at the centre of mass?

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  3. Feb 15, 2009 #2


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    Why would it rotate at all?
  4. Feb 15, 2009 #3
    Whoops, you're right.

    I have another question: A mass m starting at point A is projected with the same initial
    horizontal velocity v0 along each of the three tracks shown here
    (with negligible friction) sufficient in each case to allow the mass
    to reach the end of the track at point B. (Path 1 is directed up,
    path 2 is directed horizontal, and path 3 is directed down.) The
    masses remain in contact with the tracks throughout their
    motions. The displacement A to B is the same in each case, and
    the total path length of path 1 and 3 are equal. If t1, t2, and t3 are
    the total travel times between A and B for paths 1, 2, and 3,
    respectively, what is the relation among these times?

    Picture attached.

    Does the ball in the straight track arrive faster? Why is that?

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  5. Feb 16, 2009 #4
    These are the answer choices to the above question;

    a) t3<t2<t1
    b) t2<t3<t1
    c) t2<t1=t3
    d) t2=t3<t1
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