Trebuchet , rotational K.E.

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A war-wolf, or trebuchet, is a device used during the Middle Ages to throw rocks at castles and now sometimes used to fling pumpkins and pianos. A simple trebuchet is shown in Figure P8.77. Model it as a stiff rod of negligible mass 3.00 m long and joining particles of mass 60.0 kg and 0.120 kg at its ends. It can turn on a frictionless horizontal axle perpendicular to the rod and 14.0 cm from the particle of larger mass. The rod is released from rest in a horizontal orientation. Find the maximum speed that the object of smaller mass attains.
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[h2]Homework Equations[/h2]
[tex]K = \frac{1}{2} I_{cm} w^2 + \frac{1}{2} M v_{cm}^2[/tex]


[h2]The Attempt at a Solution[/h2]

I am not even sure how to model it yet. I will attempt some things and write them as I go.
 
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