(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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Consider the rigid object shown in this image. Four masses lie at the points shown on a rigid isosceles right triangle with hypotenuse length 4a. The mass at the right angle is 3m, and the other three masses are m. They are labeled A,B,C and D as shown. Assume that the object is floating freely in outer space. Mass C is struck with a quick blow, directed into the page. Let the impulse have magnitude ∫F dt = P . What are the velocities of all the masses immediately after the blow?

2. Relevant equations

The one given in the problem statement

v=ω x r

Torque = r x F

ΔL=r ΔP

3. The attempt at a solution

I think computing the CM of this system would be a good place to start. I think I need to use the angular impulse formula but I'm wondering which mass I should go after first. My intuition leads me to believe the velocity of mass A will be opposite that of mass C. Is this all reasonable?

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# Striking the End of a Triangle in Space

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