Classical Mechanics Level 4

A 15 kg, 1 m wide door which has frictionless hinges is closed but unlocked. A 400 g ball hits the exact middle of the door at a velocity of 35 m/s and bounces off elastically, thereby causing the door to slowly swing open. How long in seconds does it take for the door to fully open (rotate 90 degrees)?

Details and assumptions

  • Neglect air resistance.
  • The ball hits the door perpendicularly.

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