Assume your arm is a solid rod, 0.740 m in length, free to rotate about your shoulder (so its
moment of inertia is (1/3)ML^2). If you hold your arm out sideways, and then completely relax
your muscles, what is the initial downward angular acceleration of your arm?
2. Relevant equations
3. The attempt at a solution
I’m not given a specific formula to use, but I think the above formula for Torque applies. I’m not using conservation of energy because I dont have a value for the height to use for potential energy.
If I plug the formulas for inertia and Fg into the torque formula:
α=3g/L = (3*9.81)/0.740 = 39.77 but the answer key says the answer is 19.9 (half).
What am I doing wrong here?