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Minimal angular velocity of a swinging homogenous stick ?

  1. Jun 13, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Find the required angular velocity of the stick swinging around it's end axis (like a simple pendulum only without the added mass) at the point of "balance" (where the sinus function crosses the x axis I suppose, sorry for the "weird" translation) so that it will be able to make one full rotation.

    I am given it's length and it's "swing time" for small displacements (getting sin(θ) = θ using the Maclaurin series)


    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution

    I have attempted it by setting the potential energy at the above position at full and kinetic at zero, but I am not given a mass for the stick, and I doubt my approach was very sane given the problem.
     
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  3. Jun 13, 2013 #2
    If you know the swing time, can you find the mass by using the formula for the period of a pendulum?
     
  4. Jun 13, 2013 #3
    Assume the mass is given. Work out the kinetic and potential energies of the stick. Then see if you really need the mass to solve the problem.
     
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