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Conservation of angular momentum.

  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1
    Why is angular momentum conserved around the bottom left corner in the following set up (see attachment)? The attachment shows a square of side a and mass 4m, and a body of mass m leaping with velocity v0 as shown in the attachment towards the opposite side of the square. I have found the new center of mass of the system but do not quite understand why there would be no external torques in action around the bottom left corner. I'd appreciate some insight.
     

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  3. Feb 11, 2014 #2
    There seems to be no external forces to produce any external torques.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2014 #3
    What about gravity, acting downwards from the new center of mass (of the body that has leaped and reached the opposite side of the square and the square)? With respect to the bottom left corner, why won't gravity exercise a torque?
     
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