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Homework Help: Need help with angular momentum problem

  1. Apr 29, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two particle of mass m1 and m2 are connected by an inextensible and massless string of length L. The system is placed on a smooth and horizontal plane with the string being kept tight. Mass m1 is projected along a direction which is normal to the string and the speed is v0.
    a). Find the speed of the center of mass of the system and the angular speed of the system about its center of mass.
    b).Hence, find the linear speeds of the individual masses just after the attack.

    Thank you in advance for the help!!
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  3. Apr 29, 2009 #2

    Chi Meson

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  4. Apr 29, 2009 #3
    Weird question.

    The answer to part b) is effectively given in the question, and is needed
    to answer part a).

    Why not ask for the tension in the string, and show that m2 follows a cycloid?
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