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Turntable problem - please help!

  1. Dec 29, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A large turntable of radius 6 m and moment of inertia I = 500 kg m^2
    about its center is rotating with an angular velocity of 1 radian/s. A girl of mass 30 kg standing at the exact center moves slowly outward to the edge of the turntable.

    a) What is the angular velocity of the turntable when she reaches the edge?
    b) Now that she is at the edge what is the minimum coefficient of static friction between the girl and the turntable such that she remains fixed at the edge without slipping?


    2. Relevant equations
    L = Iω, mRω^2= u mg, K =1/2 Iω^2
    Not sure what else?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I played around with the moment of inertia equation for a disc, but didn't get very far. I'm not sure how I can relate velocity to everything (I missed all of these classes since I was really sick).
     
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  3. Dec 29, 2012 #2

    gneill

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    What quantity is conserved in the system? Can you write expressions for it for the initial state and final state?
     
  4. Dec 29, 2012 #3
    Momentum? Inertia? Honestly I have no clue of where to start here.
     
  5. Dec 29, 2012 #4

    gneill

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    You're given the moment of inertia for the disk. You're given the initial rotation rate of the disk. What conserved quantity can you calculate from that?
     
  6. Jan 2, 2013 #5
    Kinetic energy?
     
  7. Jan 2, 2013 #6

    gneill

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    Kinetic energy is not always conserved, particularly when something in the system is moving about under its own power.

    What other conserved quantity do you know?
     
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