# Tagged Questions

5k views

### How can the Earth keep spinning with a liquid core?

In regards to the 'conservation of angular momentum' being the explanation of why celestial objects spin... If you fill a ball or any other container with a liquid and try to spin it, you will not ...
26 views

167 views

### What makes a wrist-energized gyroscope rotate faster?

I'm considering a wrist-energized gyroscope, shown below (after my daughter let it fall and it broke open). That one was sold as Roller Ball, but variants are known as Powerball, DynaBee, Dynaball, ...
46 views

### Thrust to Weight ratio in Space with an off set CoM

With regards to this thread, Thrust center in space My question is, if the thrust to weight ratio was increased so that it was much higher than the weighted mass of the sphere (ship), would the ...
64 views

### Imagine a 50-mile tower spanning from desert floor to the Karman Line

CORRECTION: The structure weighs 1.568E15 kg.s Does the structure effect the equilibrium of earth's rotation? Would momentum from Earth's rotation apply lateral force to the structure? What else do ...
277 views

### Angular momentum in a rod rotating around one end?

Sorry if I can't get straight to the point, I have to give a lot of details before I actually state the question. The formula for angular momentum is $L=I \omega$. If we look up $I$ for a thin rod ...
222 views

### Does total angular momentum of the Earth-Moon system include individual rotational angular momenta?

To calculate the angular momentum of a body we need to specify a point (or an axis?) from which to define the displacement vector $\vec{r}$, so that $\vec{L} = \vec{r} \times \vec{p}$. For a rigid ...
107 views

### Purely mechanical description of how gravity causes a gyroscope to precess

I know the vector equation that relates torque to moment of inertia and angular momentum. What I want to know is what physical mechanisms actually occur to keep the gyroscope from falling. Where is ...
373 views

### Effect on length of day as the polar ice caps melt

If the polar ice caps of the earth melt, how will the length of the day be affected?
70 views

### Angular Momentum Conservation

There's a question I've come across that I've got some confusion on. A drum of mass $M_A$ and radius $a$ rotates freely with initial angular speed $\omega _0$. A second drum of radius $b>a$ ...
51 views

215 views

### Question regarding mass hanging from center edge of rotating disc

So, say you have a free to rotate disc, assuming no external torques, and you have a spool, radius 7.93 mm, attached to its centre. Say the spool has a string attached to a point on its edge and ...
983 views

### Cylinder rolling down slope problem [closed]

A uniform cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $r$ is rolling down a slope of inclination $\theta$. The cylinder rolls without slipping. You may take the acceleration due to gravity to be $g$. At what rate ...
609 views

### Dynamics of counter-rotating flywheels

I've wondered about this for ages. If we create a pair of flywheels that rotate in the opposite direction with the same angular momentum, but are co-located and have the same mass and inertial moment ...
222 views

### Conservation of angular momentum

We were learning about angular momentum in class today, and although it sort of makes sense, it's much harder for me to think about than linear momentum. So from what I can tell: Angular momentum ...
1k views

### Example where angular momentum and angular velocity are not parallel

I am unable to visualize any case where angular momentum and angular velocity of an object are not parallel.
124 views

### Motion in a central field and angular momentum

Is it correct that for a motion in a central force field, e.g. a gravitational field, the absolute value of the total angular momentum of the particle and the component of the perpendicular to the ...
147 views

### Does a fundamental principle require specific concepts? [closed]

The angular momentum principle is a fundamental principle. So it can explain a large variety of phenomenon. Doesn't it need concepts like center of mass also for explaining phenomenon? Or just the ...
314 views

### Accretion disk physics - Stellar formation

I was going through the Wikipedia page for Accretion disks, and I couldn't comprehend what the meaning of this is: "If matter is to fall inwards it must lose not only gravitational energy but also ...
418 views

### The secret behind the spinning, asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top?

When you spin an asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top, the heavy part actually rises to the top. Why is this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0SZZTBQmEs ...
138 views

### How to design a deliberately biased coin?

For demonstrating basic probability concepts, it would be nice to have a coin-like object that lands heads/tails not in 50/50% ratio, but biased in a way that can be revealed in a short experiment. ...
571 views

### Huge buildings affect Earth's rotation?

Does constructing huge buildings affect the rotation of the Earth, similar to skater whose angular rotation increases when her arms are closed comparatively than open?
428 views

### Will a spinning object come to rest?

Will a sphere spinning on its own axis come to rest given enough time, provided no other forces act upon it? I know that if you have two spinning spheres in the depths of space and orbiting each ...
109 views

### Vector cross product of $\mathbf{r}$ and $\ddot{\mathbf{r}}$ in polar coordinates

I'm struggling with the following question: Question 6 A planet of mass $m$ moves under the gravitational attraction of a central star of mass $M$. The equation of motion of the planet is ...
235 views

### Physics of the point of contact for a spinning top

I understand how spinning tops don't tip over, cf. e.g. this and this Phys.SE questions. What I'm more interested is in identifying the factors that determine the direction the spinning top moves to? ...
154 views

### How do objects change their axis of rotation?

If I hold a pencil at its end and spin it, throwing it upwards, it will spin about its end, but will soon start spinning around its center. How is this? I would draw the following torque diagram for ...
3k views

### What causes a soccer ball to follow a curved path?

Soccer players kick the ball in a linear kick, though you find it to turn sideways, not even in one direction. Just mid air it changes that curve's direction. Any physical explanation? Maybe this ...
983 views

### Elastic collision of rotating bodies

How would you explain in detail elastic collision of two rotating bodies to someone with basic understanding of classical mechanics? I'm writing simple physics engine, but now only simulating ...
232 views

### Thrust center in space

I have this dilemma: Suppose you have a space ship somewhere in deep space, where there is no drag force or substantial gravity. If the ship has a single engine situated in such a way that the center ...
2k views

### Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
658 views

### How can a satellite's speed decrease without its orbital angular momentum changing?

I have no idea what the answer is. I'm supposed to answer it within 3-4 sentences.