# Crazy dude jumping on a Merry-Go-Round

• PhyzicsOfHockey
In summary, a person running tangential to the rim of a disk-shaped merry-go-round jumps onto its rim, causing the system's kinetic energy to decrease. The initial kinetic energy of the system can be calculated using the formula 1/2*I*w^2, where I is the moment of inertia and w is the angular speed. The final kinetic energy can be found by adding the kinetic energy of the rotating disk and the person jumping onto it. The energy is lost because energy is needed to match the person's speed with the merry-go-round's speed.

## Homework Statement

A disk-shaped merry-go-round of radius 2.63 m and mass 155 kg rotates freely with an angular speed of 0.686 rev/s. A 59.4 kg person running tangential to the rim of the merry-go-round at 3.99 m/s jumps onto its rim and holds on. Before jumping on the merry-go-round, the person was moving in the same direction as the merry-go-round's rim.

(a) Does the kinetic energy of the system increase, decrease, or stay the same when the person jumps on the merry-go-round?
increase
stay the same
decrease

(b) Calculate the initial and final kinetic energies for this system.
Ki = kJ
Kf = kJ

KErot= 1/2*Iw^2
I=1/2mr^2

## The Attempt at a Solution

a) I would think it should increase but I am probably wrong, lol.

b) The merry-go-round initially is just spinning so I trued finding the KE using the 1/2*I*w^2 formula so I got 1/4*m*r^2*w^2and I came up with 4.98 kJ and that's the wrong answer... is there something I did wrong?

I don't have any idea how to find the KEf. Can I assume that its the rotational KE of the merry-goround plus the KE of the guy jumping on it?

Lets start with the initial KE. You have a rotating disc included in your system; is there anything else that has KE?

Try comparing the rim's tangential speed (where the person jumps on) with the speed of the individual, and keep in mind, when the person jumps on, they must have the 'same' tangential speed.

If the person is traveling faster, the person slows down, but the merry-go-round must increase its rev/s.

robb_ said:
Lets start with the initial KE. You have a rotating disc included in your system; is there anything else that has KE?

No the disk is the only thing that has KE? Maybe there is something I am just not understanding about this disk.

Sorry, maybe I do not understand what your system is?
The person is running.

Astronuc said:
Try comparing the rim's tangential speed (where the person jumps on) with the speed of the individual, and keep in mind, when the person jumps on, they must have the 'same' tangential speed.

If the person is traveling faster, the person slows down, but the merry-go-round must increase its rev/s.

the edge of the merry go round is moving at 11.336 m/s much fast then the man. So the merry-go-round slows down. I did conservation of momentum.
Initally...
Lmgr= I*w= 2310.58
Lp=I*(v/r)=623.326
Ltot= 2933.9

using this I found the angular speed of the merry-go-round fonal

But I can not see how this helps me find the initial or final conditions.

robb_ said:
Sorry, maybe I do not understand what your system is?
The person is running.

So I must include the guy running although he's not on the merry-go-round yet?

So I did KEi= .5*Imgr*Wmgr^2 + .5*Ip*Wp^2 and got 5.4524 kJ
then i did KEf= .5*(M1+M2)*r^2*.5*Wf^2 and got 3.559kJ

Am I even close?

I guess I am not because that's still the wrong answer

The initial KE = KE ( disc) + KE (man)

Final KE = initial KE = KE(disc)

Remember that when the man steps on the rim, he increases the MoI of the roundabout by m*r^2.

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True Mentz144 but the Final KE does not equal the Initial KE. I finally figured it out. my KEi was right but I added masses when finding the new MoI not m*r^2 to the MoI of the disk.

Phyz, The question asks is energy being lost or gained by the >>system<< during the process. Taking the man and turntable together as the system, I venture that the energy is the same before and after.

Energy is being lost because energy is required to make the mans speed the same speed as the merry-go-round. But thank you for your input.