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Free body diagram of a tipcat

  1. Dec 15, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Place a small wooden stick over the edge of a desk. Hit the end of the stick overhanging the table so that it flies away. Draw a free body diagram during the impact and after it flies away.

    2. Relevant equations
    Torque, Impulse, Angular momentum, Projectile motion, Moment of inertia

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have done an experiment and have seen that after the impact the stick flies away in projectile motion. Problem arises when i have to draw a free body diagram.
     

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  3. Dec 15, 2011 #2
    mg facing down an N facing up at the center, F(of your hand) facing down is on the edge
    the stick should turn and the center of mass will fly in projectile motion.
     
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