I've got a turntable whose bearing is frictionless rotating at a certain speed. A mass of clay is dropped on to it and sticks a certain distance from the center. I've been able to calculate the new angular speed of the turntable after the lump falls on it, but the follow up question is to calculate the loss of energy to thermal energy.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The bearing is frictionless, so my hunch is it has to do with the torque on the system. I've tried using the formulas for rotational kinetic energy and factoring in loss by adding a tangential component or a radial component to the right hand side to find out what the lost energy is but I'm stuck.

Am I thinking from the wrong angle? (hehe)

Thanks for any hints in the right direction.

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# Homework Help: Loss of rotational energy to thermal energy

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