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If an object rolls off a tabletop is the vertical velocity initially 0?

  1. Sep 22, 2014 #1
    Please explain!!
     
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  3. Sep 22, 2014 #2

    TumblingDice

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    Is the table level at the point the object departs?
     
  4. Sep 22, 2014 #3

    rcgldr

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    There's a period of time where the object could "roll" on the edge, and its vertical veloctiy would not be zero at the moment it loses contact with the table.
     
  5. Sep 23, 2014 #4

    CWatters

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    If you are asking because you have seen it in a homework question then yes, they probably do mean (or it's safe to assume) the initial vertical velocity is zero.

    To be sure you would have to post the question in case there is more to it.
     
  6. Sep 23, 2014 #5

    jtbell

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    How about you explain what you think, and tell us the context of the question, before asking us to do your thinking for you? ;)
     
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