1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Falling Meter Stick

  1. Dec 7, 2005 #1


    User Avatar

    First let me say I appreciate everyone on these forums who takes the time out to help.

    My question is as follows:
    It has 2 parts.

    Part 1:
    A uniform meter stick (1 m long) is held on its edge against a frictionless table. The meter stick is released and it falls to the table.

    Part 2:
    The meter stick is connected so the stick can still fall but one end remains in place.

    This is all the information I have and I am suppose to figure out the speed of the center of mass.

    I am completely lost as how to do this.
    Any help or guidance would be extremely beneficial. Thank you.
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 7, 2005 #2
  4. Dec 7, 2005 #3

    Doc Al

    User Avatar

    Staff: Mentor

    Hint: Both cases can be solved using energy conservation.
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook