#### Answer

2.98 m/s

#### Work Step by Step

Since only conservative forces are acting on the ball, the mechanical energy $E_{mec}$ is conserved and so $ΔE_{mec} = ΔK + ΔU= \frac{1}{2} m(v^2–v_{0}^{2})+mgΔh=0$.
The problem is asking for initial speed, so solving for $v_{0}$ gives:
$ \frac{1}{2}m(v^{2} – v_{0}^{2}) + mg\Delta h = 0$
$\frac{1}{2}m(v^{2} – v_{0}^{2}) = – mg\Delta h$
$v^{2} – v_{0}^{2} = – 2g\Delta h$
$ v_{0}^{2} = v^{2} + 2g\Delta h$
$v_{0} = \sqrt {v^{2} + 2g\Delta h}$
The ball is to reach the vertically upward position with zero speed, so $v$= 0. Looking at the picture we see that the change in height is the same as the rod’s length, and so $Δh$ = L = 0.452 m. The problem also gives $m$ = 0.341 kg and we know that $g$ = 9.8 m/s².
So plugging in our values, we get:
$v_{0} = \sqrt {v^{2} + 2g\Delta h}$
= $\sqrt {0^{2} + 2(9.8 m/s²)(0.452 m)}$
$\approx$ 2.98 m/s