Problem: You are designing a rotating metal flywheel that will be used to store energy. The flywheel is to be a uniform disk with radius 31.0  cm . Starting from rest at t = 0, the flywheel rotates with constant angular acceleration 3.00 rad/s2 about an axis perpendicular to the flywheel at its center. If the flywheel has a density (mass per unit volume) of 8600 kg/m3, what thickness must it have to store 800 J of kinetic energy at t = 8.00 s?

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You are designing a rotating metal flywheel that will be used to store energy. The flywheel is to be a uniform disk with radius 31.0  cm . Starting from rest at t = 0, the flywheel rotates with constant angular acceleration 3.00 rad/s2 about an axis perpendicular to the flywheel at its center. If the flywheel has a density (mass per unit volume) of 8600 kg/m3, what thickness must it have to store 800 J of kinetic energy at t = 8.00 s?

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