Problem: A merry-go-round is a common piece of playground equipment. A 3.0-m-diameter merry-go-round with a mass of 240kg is spinning at 20rpm. John runs tangent to the merry-go-round at 4.0m/s , in the same direction that it is turning, and jumps onto the outer edge. John's mass is 30 kg.What is the merry-go-round's angular velocity, in rpm, after John jumps on?

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We'll solve this problem using conservation of angular momentum:

Moment of inertia of a disk about its center:

I=12MR2

Moment of inertia of a point mass:

I=MR2

Angular velocity:

ω=vR

John can be modeled as a point mass.

Initial angular velocity of the merry-go-round:

ωi = 20 rev/min (1min/60s)(2π rad/rev) = 2π/3 rad/s

R = d/2 = 3.0m/2 = 1.5 m

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A merry-go-round is a common piece of playground equipment. A 3.0-m-diameter merry-go-round with a mass of 240kg is spinning at 20rpm. John runs tangent to the merry-go-round at 4.0m/s , in the same direction that it is turning, and jumps onto the outer edge. John's mass is 30 kg.

What is the merry-go-round's angular velocity, in rpm, after John jumps on?

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