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Homework Help: Rotational and collision problem

  1. Nov 3, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    This question I came across in mechanics book by Bostock Chandler
    > A uniform disc, resting on a smooth horizontal table, has mass 'm', radius 'a' and centre C. A particle of mass 'm', moving across the table with speed 'v', strikes a point A on the circumference of the disc when travelling at right angles to AC. If the particle adheres to the disc, find the initial velocity of C.

    2. Relevant equations
    Both the particle and the disc have same mass, so after the event velocity of the common centre of mass will be v/2. thereafter applying conservation of angular momentum about the common center of mass i get the velocity of C as v/4, but the answer specified in the book is 2v/5. Where am i going wrong
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  3. Nov 4, 2009 #2


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    Hi sunnypic143! :smile:

    yes, I applied conservation of angular momentum about A, and got the same result …

    (v - 2w)/a ma2/2 = maw, so v - 2w = 2w.

    it looks as if the book has used 2ma2 for the moment of inertia of a disc, instead of ma2/2 … v - 2w = w/2. :confused:

    Is this is the latest edition of the book? Maybe a later one has a correction (and which book by Bostock and Chandler is it)?​
  4. Nov 4, 2009 #3
    hey tim thanx 4 the replyo:)

    this is exactly what i thought!!

    but i have gr8 respect for the authors, probably they implied a different orientation of the disc
    say xz plane(if we assume table to be xy) and the particle travels along y axis

    or something else like that and they failed to convey it properly
    if anything else occurs to you be sure to reply
    i wouldn't buy that the authors took moment of inertia as 2ma^2. Sounds too dumb of them if they did.:rolleyes: Anyway thanx:approve:

    Btw the book is 'further mechanics and probablity' published by stanley thornes
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