Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rotation

1. Nov 23, 2009

jayced

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A student stands on a platform that is free to rotate and holds two dumbbells, each at a distance of 65 cm from his central axis. Another student gives him a push and starts the system of student, dumbbells, and platform rotating at 0.50 rev/s. The student on the platform then pulls the dumbbells in close to his chest so that they are each 22 cm from his central axis. Each dumbbell has a mass of 1.00 kg and the rotational inertia of the student, platform, and dumbbells is initially 2.40 kg•m2. Model each arm as a uniform rod of mass 3.00 kg with one end at the central axis; the length of the arm is initially 65 cm and then is reduced to 22 cm. What is his new rate of rotation?

2. Relevant equations

The initial angular momentum:
L=Iw

The moment of inertia of a rod about one end:
=1/3 m L²

The moment of inertia of the weight:
=m L²

3. The attempt at a solution
To solve this problem, use conservation of angular momentum.

The initial angular momentum is

L = I ω

I is the initial moment of inertia=2.40 kg-m²
ω is the initial angular velocity 1.15 rev / sec
****Q: Should I solve for L now?

Now we need to know the change in moment of inertia.
The moment of inertia of a rod about one end is 1/3 m L²
1/3(3kg)(.65m)^2=.4225kg*m multiplied by 2,for two arms =.845kg*m
****Q:Is the mass 3 kg? In this equation does "L" mean length or Initial angular momentum?

The moment of inertia of the weight is simply mL²
=(3kg)(.22m)^2=.1452kg*m

The difference is the change in the system moment of inertia.
>845kg*m-.1452kg*m=.6998 kg*m

I used this to compute the new moment of inertia, then use conservation of angular momentum to find the new angular velocity.

L=Iw

*********I'm stuck here because I am not getting the right answer when I solve for w or when I just solve for L. Not sure why I am not getting 1.3 rev/s,just wondering is there a calculation error or equation error?

Thank you

2. Nov 23, 2009

diazona

Re: Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rota

It's possible to do the problem without ever solving for the actual value of L, but it's an easy thing to calculate and it doesn't hurt to have it around so you can use it in case you need it later.

Also, I think you've done the conversion from revolutions per second to radians per second incorrectly.
In I = 1/3mL^2, the L is length. I would write it as lowercase l to avoid confusion:
$$I = \frac{1}{3}ml^2$$

And the mass is 3kg... why would you think it would be otherwise?

Note that you've computed the moment of inertia incorrectly as well - the units are wrong.
OK, hold on: you computed the difference between the initial moment of inertia of the arms alone and the final moment of inertia of a weight alone. But remember that the total moment of inertia of the system includes the moments of both the arms and the weights (there are two weights as well), so you need to compute the changes in both of those. You can either compute the change in moment of inertia of the weights and the change in moment of inertia of the arms, then add the two changes together; or you can compute the total initial moment of inertia (including both weights and arms) and the total final moment of inertia (including both weights and arms) and take the difference.

3. Nov 23, 2009

jayced

Re: Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rota

"In I = 1/3mL^2, the L is length. I would write it as lowercase l to avoid confusion:
LaTeX Code: I = \\frac{1}{3}ml^2

And the mass is 3kg... why would you think it would be otherwise?

Note that you've computed the moment of inertia incorrectly as well - the units are wrong."

Thanks, so

I=1/3(3kg)(.65^2m)=.4225 kg*m^2
Q: For one arm,now do I multiply.4225 kg*m^2 by 2 in order to take in account the second arm?If not what do I plug into the second equation for the I=1/3ml^2?

Then for
The moment of inertia of the weight is simply mL²
=(3kg)(.22m)^2=.1452kg*m^2 same here do I multiply.1452kg*m^2 by 2?

****I would like to use the option of computing the change in moment of inertia of the weights and the change in moment of inertia of the arms, then add the two changes together. But once I manage to find the total moment of Inertia then do I use the L=Iw? Do I solved for L or w?

I appreciate it the help.thanks alot

4. Nov 24, 2009

jayced

Re: Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rota

Can someone give me an idea?

5. Nov 24, 2009

diazona

Re: Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rota

Yep, the two arms are identical, so they both have the same moment of inertia, 0.42 kg*m^2 for each. And to get the total moment of inertia, you just add up the moments of inertia of all the parts.

Yes

Once you have computed the change in moment of inertia, use the fact that angular momentum is conserved. Specifically, the initial angular momentum,
$$L_i = I_i\omega_i$$
and the final angular momentum,
$$L_f = I_f\omega_f$$
are equal,
$$L_i = L_f$$
and combine that with the fact that
$$I_f - I_i = \text{change in }I$$
(where "change in I" is what you figured out before) Remember that you know $\omega_i$ and you're trying to find $\omega_f$.

6. Nov 24, 2009

jayced

Re: Question regarding angular momentum and velocity.As it relates to a new rate rota

Ok,

Still not getting th right answer: I did
Inertia Arms
I=1/3(3kg)(.65^2m)=.4225 kg*m^ X 2= .845 kg*m^2

Inertia Weight
I=(3kg)(.22m)^2=.1452kg*m^2 X 2= .2904 kg*m^2

.845 kg*m^2+.2904 kg*m^2=1.13 kg*m^2

Once you have computed the change in moment of inertia, use the fact that angular momentum is conserved. Specifically, the initial angular momentum,
LaTeX Code: L_i = I_i\\omega_i
and the final angular momentum,
LaTeX Code: L_f = I_f\\omega_f
are equal,
LaTeX Code: L_i = L_f
and combine that with the fact that
LaTeX Code: I_f - I_i = \\text{change in }I
(where "change in I" is what you figured out before) Remember that you know LaTeX Code: \\omega_i and you're trying to find LaTeX Code: \\omega_f .

Ok So I have tried to incorporate the 1.13 kg*m^2 by subtracting it from 2.40 kgm^2. But no hope. Its hard to try and figure out when a simple miscalculation may keep giving me the wrong answer. Can you show me the steps I have gotten frustrated in just trying to understand it and figure it out? When you work it out are you getting 1.3 rev/s? Thanks you have been alot of help