Two small balls of the same mass and shape are attached by a massless string of length L. Ball A is placed on a frictionless table and ball B is held a distance L/2 over the edge with the string taut.
When ball B is dropped, will it hit the side of the table before A reaches the edge or will A reach the edge first?
You do not need to write any equations for this question, just explaining your reasoning will suffice.
The Attempt at a Solution
I was thinking that this problem had something to do with a pendulum, as when B is swinging down about the point where the string leaves the table, it moves so in a "pendulum-like" fashion. Maybe it has something to do with angular momentum.
Honestly, the problem could also probably be solved with just a simply free-body diagram utilizing Newton's Second and Third Laws, but I just don't know how to approach this.