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Homework Help: Question concerning momentum

  1. Oct 16, 2009 #1
    Edit: sorry, i meant a problem concerning kinetic and potential energy :)

    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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    A mass on a pendulum with length L has a velocity of [tex]\sqrt{2gL}[/tex] at it's lowest point. At it's lowest point, the string hits a pole at a distance of .8L sticking out of the wall. What is it's velocity when it reaches its highest point?

    2. Relevant equations

    [tex]KE_{bottom} = PE_{top}+KE_{top}[/tex]

    3. The attempt at a solution

    The distance between the pole and the bottom is .2L, so the height at the top is .6L.

    Since it has a velocity and a height at the top, it has both kinetic and potential energy. The potential energy at the bottom of the pendulum is 0. So I thought:

    [tex]\frac{1}{2}m{v^2}_{bottom} = mg(.6L)+\frac{1}{2}m{v^2}_{top}[/tex]
    [tex]\frac{1}{2}2mgL = m(.6gL+\frac{v^2}{2})[/tex]
    [tex]gL = .6gL+\frac{v^2}{2}[/tex]
    [tex].4gL = \frac{v^2}{2}[/tex]
    [tex].8gL = {v^2}[/tex]
    [tex]\sqrt{.8gL} = v[/tex]

    but the book says the answer is [tex]\sqrt{1.2gL}[/tex]
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  3. Oct 16, 2009 #2


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    In the first equation replace mg(0.6L) by mg( 0.4L).
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