13. Rotational Inertia & Energy
More Conservation of Energy Problems
A small 10-kg object is connected to the right end of a thin rod of length 4 m and mass 5 kg. The rod is free to rotate about a fixed perpendicular axis on its left end, as shown below. The rod is initially held at rest, horizontally. When the rod is released, it falls, rotating about its axis, similar to a pendulum. What is the speed at the rod's center of mass when the rod is vertical? BONUS:What is object's speed when the rod is vertical?