1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A 1.80m long pole is balanced vertically with its tip on the ground. It starts to fall and its lower end does not slip. What will be the speed of the upper end of the pole just before it hits the ground? [hint: Use conservation of energy] l=1.890m 2. Relevant equations mgh=1/2I(w)^2 v=wr 3. The attempt at a solution So I know how to do the problem but I don't quite understand it. The original method I used to solve the problem was: mgh=1/2I(w)^2 mgh=(1/2)(1/3m(l^2))(w^2) *masses cancel to get: gh=(1/6)(ml^2)(w^2) Solve for w: sqrt((6gh)/l^2)=w However this got me the wrong answer and I realized instead of plugging in h, you must use l/2. Why is this? Is there an equation or something I am missing? Correct Solution: sqrt((6g(l/2))/l^2)=w sqrt((6(9.8m/s^2)(1.8m/2))/(1.8^2)=w w=4.04rad/s v=rw = 1.8m(4.04rad/s) =7.27m/s Thanks!