# Homework Help: Torque and inertia question

1. Dec 3, 2005

### faculaganymede

A thin uniform rod of mass M and length L is positioned vertically above an anchored frictionless pivot point and then allowed to fall to the ground. With what speed does the free end of the rod strike the ground?

2. Dec 3, 2005

### andrewchang

the gpe is being transformed into KE rotational. you would use the height as L/2 since the center of mass is changing that much distance.
the moment of inertia of a stick rotating about the end is 1/3mL^2

$$mg(0.5L) = 0.5I\omega^2$$

3. Dec 4, 2005

### marlon

You should not have posted this here. Did you not read this thread ?

regards
marlon

4. Dec 5, 2005

### faculaganymede

sorry, that was my first post. didn't know better.

5. Dec 5, 2005

### faculaganymede

Thanks Andrew!!