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Homework Help: Rotative motion

  1. Aug 13, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Two sticks 1 and 2 are attached together at the point B and the stick 1 is placed on point A and all these sticks can be rotated with no friction. If the stick 2 rotated freely around point B, in which direction the stick 2 will rotate???

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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Once I found out from another question that if these two sticks rotate at the same direction, the stability becomes the maximum.

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  3. Aug 14, 2012 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    You mean these are coupled rigid rotors (special case of pendulums)?
    The pivot is at point A. Stick 2 starts horizontal and stick 1 starts vertical.
    I take it gravity is not a factor here?

    So stick 2 starts out with some angular momentum about point B (not it's center of mass).
    What does that do to point B?

    What level does this need to be done at?
  4. Aug 14, 2012 #3
    This is not a pendulum and these two sticks are placed vertically. If a rotation is given to BC, what will be the rotation direction of AB??? I think it's the same direction as BC does. Because it gives the maximum stability to the system then. Am I right??? :D
  5. Aug 14, 2012 #4

    Simon Bridge

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    What you have described is one of the possible stationary state solutions ... but is it a solution that applies here? Have you been asked for the most stable state? Have you even been asked for a stationary state? Or are you expected to reason out the direction of rotation for stick 1 at the instant shown on the diagram?

    If the two sticks are vertical - and they have mass - then it's a pendulum.
    You don't have to believe me - build one and see.
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