1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A simple pendulum consists of a bob of mass 1.8kg attached to a string of length 2.3m. The pendulum is held at an angle of 30° from the vertical by a light horizontal string attached to a wall. If the horizontal string is cut close to the bob and the pendulum swings down, what is the speed of the bob at its lowest point. The exact problem can be seen here. Its problem 2c. http://www.collegeboard.com/prod_downloads/ap/students/physics/ap05_frq_physics_b.pdf The weight of the bob is 17.64N. The tension in the horizontal string is 10.18N. The tension in the 2.3m string is 20.36N. 2. Relevant equations The relevent equations are all at the top of the pdf given in the link. This is a AP Physics B problem so calculus isnt allowed. 3. The attempt at a solution My attempts all involve me attempting to find the time to swing or the angular acceleration which I can not find. Im not sure if the angular acceleration or the tangential acceleration is zero at the bottom of the swing.