The conserved quantity arising from a rotational invariance. Combine with rotational-dynamics for the classical mechanics approach and quantum-mechanics for the QM interpretation

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Eigenvalue of $L_z$

In section 4.3 of Griffths' "Introduction to Quantum Mechanics", just below Figure 4.6, the sentence begins Let $\hbar \ell$ be the eigenvalue of $L_z$ at this top rung... Why is this valid? ...
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Will a precessing spinning wheel fall down if there is no friction at all?

If there where no friction at all, would a spinning wheel held up by one end of the axis spin precess forever without falling down? I just asked another question about the same problem: Direction ...
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Direction of torque precession of a spinning wheel

Consider a spinning wheel, which is held up by one end of it's axis like this: To explain why the change of angular momentum is directed as shown in the figure above, one usually says that there is ...
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Would the arms of a rotating ice skater still move outwards if there was no other object in the universe?

If there is no other object in the universe apart from a rotating ice skater, then nothing can be used as a reference frame. Would it make any sense to say that the skater is rotating? If so, rotating ...
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How could $\textbf{S}^2$ not be a multiple of the identity?

I'm self-studying quantum mechanics with Sakurai's book (Modern Quantum Mechanics, 2nd edition) and came across the following in reference to the operator $\textbf{S}^2$: As will be shown in ...
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Period of an Object in Periodic Motion

My attempt (if it matters): The initial period is given by $T_X = \frac{2\pi X}{v}$ for some $v$. The new period is given by $T_Y = \frac{2\pi Y}{v}$ for the same $v$. $Y = \frac{X}{2}$, so ...
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Conservation of angular momentum for a rigid body rotating about a fixed point

Picture a rigid body such as a sledge hammer. Imagine that the base of the handle is attached to a fixed point such that it can rotate but not translate. I give the hammer a good push to get it ...
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Effect of the tail of the cat in the falling cat problem

To explain why a falling cat can turn by 180 degree without external torque and without violation of the conservation of angular momentum, one usually models the cat as two cylinders as in ...
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Probability of getting a particular spin

I'm a beginner in quantum mechanics, and I'm a bit confused about states and the probability to measure certain values. I would like to understand at least the following simplified situation: ...
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Angular Momentum Addition Theorem - Sanity Check

Looking back at my quantum mechanics notes, the angular momentum addition theorem is listed as: $j=j_1+j_2,j_1+j_2-1, ..., |j_1-j_2| $ (Using conventional notation) , but I'm a little unsure how to ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in propeller planes and helicopters

Consider a propeller plane with only one propeller in the front. If the propeller rotates, I would expect by conservation of angular momentum, that the body of the plane would spin in the opposite ...
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How do the Planets and Sun get their initial rotation?

How do the Planets and Sun get their initial rotation? Why do Venus and Mercury rotate so slowly compared to other planets and why does Venus rotate in a different direction to Mercury, Earth and ...
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Is all angular momentum quantized?

Angular momentum is definitely quantized in elementary particles and electrons in atoms. Molecules also have characteristic rotation spectra. Is it true that all angular momentum is quantized, ...
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General procedure for Clebsch-Gordan expansions

I'm wondering if the Clebsch-Gordan series generalize to any orthonormal set of basis functions? If so, how would one go about deriving an expression for an arbitrary set of basis functions (perhaps ...
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Why does optical pumping of Rubidium require presence of magnetic field?

The optical pumping experiment of Rubidium requires the presence of magnetic field, but I don't understand why. The basic principle of pumping is that the selection rule forbids transition from ...
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Angular momentum equations

I do not understand this because angular momentum is $L=I\omega$ ($I$ is moment of inertia;$\omega$ is angular velocity) but it I have also seen equations where $L= rmv\sin(x)$. I do not understand ...
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Derivation of angular momentum commutator relations

I'm trying to understand the derivation of the angular momentum commutator relations. How is $$[zp_y, zp_x] ~=~ 0?$$ How is $$[yp_z, zp_x] ~=~ y[p_z, z]p_x?$$
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Angular momentum coupling-calculation of Clebsch–Gordan coefficients

I am facing problem in calculating the value of given Clebsch–Gordan coefficients representing the coupled angular momenta of two-particle system. For example $$\begin{pmatrix}2 & 1 & 2 \\ 1 ...
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The Asymmetry between Real and Imaginary in the three Pauli Spin Matrices

The Pauli spin matrices $$ \sigma_1 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & 1 \\ 1 & 0 \end{smallmatrix}), \qquad\qquad \sigma_2 ~=~ (\begin{smallmatrix} 0 & -i \\ i & 0 ...
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Do particles have different spins in different frames of reference?

Let's say we have two photons, whose momentum vectors point to opposite directions. Also spin angular momentum vectors of the photons point to opposite directions. (Sum of spins is zero) Now we ...
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Why is the value of spin +/- 1/2?

I understand how spin is defined in analogy with orbital angular momentum. But why must electron spin have magnetic quantum numbers $m_s=\pm \frac{1}{2}$ ? Sure, it has to have two values in ...
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What happens to angular momentum when matter is converted to energy?

Let's say a spinning star radiates mass-energy only from it's pole regions. How does the loss of mass-energy effect the angular momentum of the star?
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Strong Decay and Parity Conservation?

The following decay is possible according to the PDG and according to my notes it is a strong decay: $$\omega(1420) \to \rho^0 + \pi^0$$ The JPC values are: $\omega(1420)$ 1-- $\rho$ ...
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Why do control moment gyroscopes exhibit “torque amplification”?

There are a number of articles that describe the benefits of using control moment gyroscopes (CMGs) over reaction wheels in inertial navigation applications. One of the primary benefits of using a CMG ...
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Coupling Coefficients in SO(4)

I have two equations (from two distinct authors) for the decomposition of a coupling coefficient of SO(4) (i.e. Wigner 3j-symbol for SO(4)). In the first: ...
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Spin angular momentum of a system of particles : Is there any energy associated with it?

Consider a system of point particles , where the mass of particle $i$ is $μ_i$ and its position vector is $\vec{r}_i$. Let $\vec{r}_\text{cm}$ is the position vector of the center of mass of the ...
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Converting angular velocity to linear velocity through friction

A very basic question here; it's related to this one, but not quite the same. If a rotating rigid body (a sphere for the sake of discussion) with mass $m$, radius $r$ and inertial tensor $I$ has ...
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On the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets? Why does every thing spin? As far as I can imagine, almost each celestial body, star, planet, ...
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Why do 3d spheres and gravity tend to rotating discs on one plane?

Whether is it our solar system or a whole galaxy, there is usually a massive object (star or black hole) at the centre with gas and objects rotating around it. The gravitational effect of the ...
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Crystal Field Theory

I am literally lost with this question: Suppose that within the set of (2L+1)(2S+1) lowest-lying ionic states the crystal field can be represented in the form a(L_x)^2 + b(L_y)^2 + c(L_z)^2, with ...
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What happens to a rotating rod that breaks in two?

I know that the approximation for the moment of inertia of an infinitely thin rod of mass $m$ and length $L$ spinning around an axis perpendicular to its own axis at its center is $\frac{mL^2}{3}$: ...
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Effect of rotation on turbulence threshold for Reynolds number?

If the significance of the Reynolds number is: Then what is the effect of angular momentum on the transition from laminar to turbulent as in a convective vortex? Waterspouts, in particular, seem ...
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Why are spacecraft made to “spin” after launch?

At some point after launch, usually just before or after separation from the last booster stage, spacecraft are often made to "spin" (about the axis of their trajectory)? See e.g this You Tube video. ...
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Counter Rotating Bicycle wheels on same axis-> Will they still cause me to spin on a stool?

So people are familiar with the idea of holding a spinning bicycle wheel while on a stool (whose seat can spin). You then tilt the spinning wheel and lo and behold you start to spin on the stool. Ok ...
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How do you combine two rigid bodies into one?

With respect to some fixed frame of reference, given the inertial tensors, positions, orientations, and angular and linear velocities of two rigid bodies, how do you combine them to make a single ...
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Why does the Earth rotate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does every thing spin? So why would the Earth, or any planet for that matter, rotate along an axis? I know of no force which could come into play here, so i assume ...
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Conservation of angular momentum for a nonrigid body

Question: The sun is not a rigid body but a hot ball of gas. The period of rotation varies from 37 days at the pole to 26 days at the equator. The mean radius of the sun is $7\times 10^8\text{ ...
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Equation that tells me the rpm and mass of a spinning disk needed to keep a second large mass stable using gyroscopic effects

I am trying to figure out how large of a mass and how quickly I need to spin said mass to keep a two-wheeled robot stable. Ideally, I am looking for a formula that relates m1=mass of robot, m2=mass of ...
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Interference of EM Waves with Orbital Angular Momentum

If you have two coherent collinear e-m beams of same frequency and polarization, but 180 degrees out of phase, they will destructively interfere. If you introduce orbital angular momentum of L=3 ...
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Why are some galaxies flat?

What is the explanation for the flatness of some galaxies? (If it's due to their rotation then why they are rotating, why some other galaxies are not flat etc., I would like to hear a nice and ...
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Measuring the mass using angular velocities

I have 2 objects which are intially connected together, $O_1$ and $O_2$. When they are connected together, they have a rotation rate about their center of mass of $w_1$. $O_2$ is cleanly released from ...
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Simultaneously commuting set

How does one determine the members of an simultaneously commuting set (of operators)? For example, I have read that for orbital angular momentum, the set is {$H,L^2,L_z$}. How does one know that these ...
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Why are our planets in the solar system all on the same disc/plane/layer?

I always see pictures of the solar system where our sun is in the middle and the planets surround the sun. All these planets move on orbits on the same layer. Why?
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Where are the centers of mass for a baseball bat vs. a cricket bat?

My friend and I were comparing the rightness of a cricket bat versus a baseball bat for general violence purposes. (Eg, rioting.) Where are the centers of mass for these two instruments? Which would ...
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confused about ball rolling and rotational energy

I was solving a practice test problem and it was just a conservation of energy problem where a spherical ball is falls from a height h to the ground such that $$mgh = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 + ...
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What determines a progenitor's fate as a spiral or elliptical?

I was thinking about my answer to Are the inner planets on planar orbits because there was more dust in the inner solar system (early on in planetary accretion)? - when it occurred to me that maybe I ...
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Where the angular momentum has gone?

I came across an interesting problem when I prepared for the preliminary exam on electromagnetism. Below is the problem in its original words: A metallic sphere of mass, $m$, and radius, $a$, ...
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Spinning wheel on rotating stool - why am I also affected even when the wheel axis is horizontal?

So I can point the axis of spin in one horizontal direction - and then move it in another direction (so it stays horizontal - like the picture below). And that still changes the direction of spin (on ...
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How is angular momentum conserved when a spinning top finally stops spinning?

Where does the top's angular momentum get transferred to? Does it very slightly change the angular momentum of the table, and then the angular momentum of the Earth?
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Where does a star's angular momentum go as its spin slows down?

So we know that stars slow down as they age. But total angular momentum must be conserved. Where does that angular momentum go? The dissipation of Earth's tides somehow transfers Earth's angular ...