Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (4th Edition)

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Chapter 11 - Section 11.3 - Angular Momentum - Got It? - Page 201: 11.3



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This is an important idea: angular momentum just depends on the distance that the line the objects are on is away from the defined center of the system. Particles a and b both have lines that are a distance R away from the center of mass when the are the closest, and since they have the same velocity, they have the same angular momentum. Particle three goes through the center of mass, so it has no angular momentum.
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