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Falling Meter Stick

  1. Dec 7, 2005 #1

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    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.
     
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  4. Dec 7, 2005 #3

    Doc Al

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    Hint: Both cases can be solved using energy conservation.
     
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