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Swinging Rod

  1. Aug 10, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A uniform rod of mass 1.2 kg and length 1.2 m is pivoted in the horizontal position as shown (black point). The rod is at rest and then released. The acceleration due to gravity is g = 9.8 m/s2.

    What is the angular speed (in rad/s, but do not include units) of the rod as it passes through the vertical position (when end marked B is at the bottom)?

    What is the linear speed of the bottom end of the rod (marked B) when it passes the vertical position?(in m/s, but do not include units)

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    Used conservation of energy, m*g*h=.5*I*w^2. I calculated I to be .252 and used .3 for h. Solving for w, I got 4.83. Then used the formula v=wr and got v=2.898. What am I doing wrong?
     

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  3. Aug 10, 2013 #2

    gneill

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    Your method looks fine. The numerical value of your moment of inertia looks okay, as does your value for the Δh of the center of mass. Still, something went wrong when you calculated the value of ω. Better check your math there.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2013 #3
    I found that w=5.2915, and v=3.1749. Is that right?
     
  5. Aug 10, 2013 #4

    gneill

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    ω looks better. What did you use for the radius of arc for the bottom end of the rod?
     
  6. Aug 10, 2013 #5
    I used .6 (length of rod /2)
     
  7. Aug 10, 2013 #6

    ehild

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    But B is at 3/4 L distance from the pivot...


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  8. Aug 10, 2013 #7
    Ok is the radius then .45 (length of rod*.75/2)?
     
  9. Aug 10, 2013 #8

    ehild

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    Why do you divide by 2?


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  10. Aug 10, 2013 #9
    Radius is 1/2 the diameter. The diameter is .9.
     
  11. Aug 10, 2013 #10

    gneill

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    You might want to rethink that. The radius extends from the center of the motion (the pivot) out to the point in question (point B).
     
  12. Aug 10, 2013 #11
    OK, so the radius is .9 and the linear velocity is 4.76235, right?
     
  13. Aug 10, 2013 #12

    gneill

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    Are you guessing and looking for confirmation? It would be preferable to describe your logic and conclusion. Why .9m?

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    Why don't you draw a diagram with the rod in the initial and final positions, and sketch in the arc that B describes. Where's the center of the arc? What's its radius?
     
  14. Aug 10, 2013 #13

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    That looks better. Now, reconcile the significant figures in your result with the given data (5 decimal places is certainly not justified :smile:)
     
  15. Aug 10, 2013 #14
    Ok, so is it just 4.8?
     
  16. Aug 10, 2013 #15

    gneill

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    4.8 looks fine numerically, but it would be marked WRONG if you don't include the units :wink:
     
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