This is from a practice exam, I've been sitting here thinking about it for over an hour and can't convince myself of an answer, or write down any relevant exact equations.
A bar of uniform density $\rho$, length $L$, and negligible width is suspended by two inextensible ropes of negligible mass.
The second rope is cut, what is the tension of the other rope shortly after cutting? What is the tension's rate of change?
I've been trying to work it out with numbers $g=10 m/s^2$, $\rho=30kg/m$ and $L=1m$ just to keep it simple. Obviously before the rope is cut the tension of both ropes is $T_1 = T_2 = 150N$ and after the bar falls down and is stationary, then $T_1 = 300N$ so there is some smooth function of the tension (I think). The angle between the first rope and the bar is $90\deg$ and increases to $180\deg$, and the force due to gravity can be divided into normal and tangential forces. The normal force increases the angular momentum, and the normal force is a maximum the moment the rope is cut. I'm having trouble putting this all together, but I think I am on the right track. Thanks in advance.
edit: As stated below, this is the force of gravity components $F_N = \rho Lg Sin(\theta )$ and $F_T = -\rho Lg Cos(\theta )$
I still have trouble applying angular momenta to this problem.