Physics: Principles with Applications (7th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0-32162-592-7
ISBN 13: 978-0-32162-592-2

Chapter 8 - Rotational Motion - Questions: 15

Answer

No.

Work Step by Step

If the diver is not rotating initially, her initial angular momentum is zero. In order to do a somersault, she must rotate, which means she must have nonzero angular momentum. She cannot exert a torque on herself in midair. Because she had no angular momentum initially, there will be no rotation and no somersault.
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