Physics (10th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 1118486897
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Chapter 9 - Rotational Dynamics - Problems - Page 247: 59



Work Step by Step

Before the disks are linked together, we have $$L_0=L_A+L_B=I_A\omega_A+I_B\omega_B$$ After the disks are linked together, $$L=(I_A+I_B)\omega=I_A\omega+I_B\omega$$ Angular momentum is conserved, so $$I_A\omega_A+I_B\omega_B=I_A\omega+I_B\omega$$ $$I_B(\omega-\omega_B)=I_A(\omega_A-\omega)$$ $$I_B=\frac{I_A(\omega_A-\omega)}{\omega-\omega_B}$$ We have $I_A=3.4kg.m^2$, disk A's initial velocity $\omega_A=+7.2rad/s$, disk B's initial velocity $\omega_B=-9.8rad/s$ and the 2 disks' final velocity $\omega=-2.4rad/s$ Therefore, $I_B=4.4kg.m^2$
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