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Homework Help: Conservation of Angular Momentum

  1. Nov 16, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two disks with moments of inertia I and 31 are mounted on a common shaft with frictionless bearings. They are initially rotating with angular speeds of w and 2w. They are brought together without being disturbed. What is their final KE as a fraction of their initial KE?

    The answer is 49/52 but i dont understand the concept of it.
    can someone please explain?

    Angular Momentum: Iw = Iw
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  3. Nov 16, 2008 #2


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    You will need to use conservation of angular momentum and conservation of rotational energy.

    Start by writing out these quantities for each disk and then when the disks are brought together.
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