Hey everyone,
So on the 8677 test, question 97, looking at the solutions posted on grephysics.net website there seems to be massive disagreement. Some (including yosun, the creator of the site) think it's B, while ETS and a few others apparently think its A. Can anyone settle this once and for all?
Ari
Question 97, 8677
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Re: Question 97, 8677
I'm pretty sure it's (A)AriAstronomer wrote:Hey everyone,
So on the 8677 test, question 97, looking at the solutions posted on grephysics.net website there seems to be massive disagreement. Some (including yosun, the creator of the site) think it's B, while ETS and a few others apparently think its A. Can anyone settle this once and for all?
Ari
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Re: Question 97, 8677
It's zero. it's easy to see if you consider any point before the collision. Since momentum is conserved through any collision (as long as you include all objects in your system), the total momentum then is equal to the momentum after. Taking both objects as a single system, the angular momentum is given by the rotational component of disk 1 + translational component of disk 1 moving in reference to the point p (disk 2 does not move with respect to point p, so it doesn't matter). The first term is straightforwardly $$1/2 m R^2 \omega$$, and the second term is $$m r \times v= m (R)(1/2 \omega R)$$. These are equal, and considering the system shows they're opposite (I guess you could also keep track of signs from the dot and cross products, but i never do).
EDIT: should say the fastest way to do this question is to eliminate B, C, and E (b and c are equivalent, and E makes no sense). Then A is less than $$I \omega$$ and D is more. Since the disk is revolving opposite its motion we know it's less, so the answer must be A.
EDIT: should say the fastest way to do this question is to eliminate B, C, and E (b and c are equivalent, and E makes no sense). Then A is less than $$I \omega$$ and D is more. Since the disk is revolving opposite its motion we know it's less, so the answer must be A.

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Re: Question 97, 8677
thanks very much guys!
Re: Question 97, 8677
there's a problem here. the moment of inertia I given for the first disk is relative to it's c.m , so relative to point p, using the parallel axis theorem its moment of inertia is: I=(3/2)MR^2. then when adding the transitional part we get a nonzero angular momentum...
Re: Question 97, 8677
pls, does anybody know what's up with this question. like i said, when we take the moment of inertia about point p , we get eventually a non zero angular momentum, so the answer shouldn't be (B).

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Re: Question 97, 8677
aby wrote:pls, does anybody know what's up with this question. like i said, when we take the moment of inertia about point p , we get eventually a non zero angular momentum, so the answer shouldn't be (B).
The answer is (A). Anything else is a misprint or someone overthinking the problem. It's conservation of (angular) momentumno torques on the system; consider $$\vec{L}$$ of the initial state.