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A 1.2-m-long massless rod is pivoted at one end and swings around in a circle on...

A 1.2-m-long massless rod is pivoted at one end and swings around in a circle on a frictionless table. A block with a hole through the center can slide in and out along the rod. Initially, a small piece of wax holds the block 20 cm from the pivot. The block is spun at 40 rpm , then the temperature of the rod is slowly increased. When the wax melts, the block slides out to the end of the rod. What is the final angular velocity?

Since angular momentum is always conserved, wecan set the initial angular momentum to the final angular momentum and can find the final angular velocity:

The moment of inertia (I) for the block (which may be considered as a point particle, in fact it must be considered as one because we are not given its dimensions) is mr². There are two values for I, one where the block is a distance of 20cm (0.20m) from the pivot, and one that is 1.2m from the pivot. Therefore:

------------------>mass divides out
= (0.20m)²(40rev/mim) / (1.2m)²
= 1.11 rev/min

If this should be in SI units, then:

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