The study of the movements of a collection of connected bodies subject to external forces in the absence of deformation. This tag should be used for questions on the analysis of 2D/3D dynamics of rigid bodies, do NOT use this tag because your question contains a rigid structure.

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Principal moment of inertia for a rotating body

My major is not in physics. I am reading the following paper: (my problem is simple and not related with any optimization) http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2841 (p.5~p.6) Suppose The ...
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Simple Disk rolling with slipping on a horizontal plane

This is the first time I've encountered this scenario. I want to understand how to handle it. Since the disk is slipping, what would be the work done by the frictional force? What is the ...
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Work done by internal forces of a rigid body

I am reading Goldstein's Classical Mechanics book, and I came across that: In a rigid body the internal forces do no work Is this statement based on the assumption that the internal forces are ...
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Stuck with 2D kinetics problem [on hold]

I've been trying to solve this exercise for the last four hours and I'm totally stuck. The problems goes like this: Given the mechanism in the image, located in the vertical plane, the OB cord ...
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Kinematics of Rigid Body [on hold]

I'm working out in this problem since last week but I'm not able to identify how to calculate the total angular momentum. Can anyone help me? A uniform disk of mass $m$ and radius $r$, mounted on a ...
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Rolling Coin (Old Physics Quals Exam) derivation help [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the derivation for the angular velocity of a rolling coin in the problem given on this website: http://functionspace.com/question/27/answer/121 How does one find angular ...
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Is it possible to throw a stick without giving it a rotational motion?

When walking with our dog I always throw wooden sticks for her. Then one time I wondered if I could throw the stick (normaly, so not like a spear) without imparting on it a rotational motion around ...
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Two Rolling logs

Suppose we have two logs rolling down a hill, one of gold and the other of wood; the acceleration for both will be equal, something which is unclear to me; I get that this may be due to their form, ...
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Rotation of a rod due to a normal force

Suppose there's a rod suspended in space free from the effect of any force. Let a force F act at a distance x from one end. How can i prove that rotation will take place about an axis passing through ...
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Horizontal rolling without slipping

I'm trying to find the friction coefficient that makes the body roll without slipping but I just can't reach a value. The force is applied on a small central disk of radius $r=0,03\, m$ and mass $m=0,...
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Frictional torque=? [closed]

A uniform, hollow, cylindrical spool has inside radius $R/2$, outside radius $ R$, and mass $M $ (see figure below). It is mounted so that it rotates on a mass less horizontal axle. A mass m is ...
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Verifying directions of forces during pure rolling?

Let us take a cylinder on a rough horizontal surface. The cylinder undergoes pure rolling A vertical downward force acts on the cylinder to produce a clockwise rotation. The point at which it acts ...
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How to find the axis of rotation or location given the angular velocity?

Say I have the angular velocity vector of a body as a function of time. How can I determine the axis of rotation/location of the body? we have the equation: $\frac{d\vec{r}}{dt}=\vec{\omega}(t)\...
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Is there a form of rigid body dynamics that uses unit quaternions instead of Euler angles?

I’d like to know specifically about an elegant way of deriving a second derivative of an orientation quaternion from a torque and a moment of inertia matrix, if one is available. The straight forward,...
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Why does a rigid body rotate and not simply translate when pushed with an instantaneous force?

Let's say we have a metal rod of consistent density sitting flat on a frictionless surface. I intuitively understand that if I push one of its ends away from me, (at a right angle to the length of the ...
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Conceptual understanding behind moments of force for a rigid body cylinder

I have a question behind the conceptual understanding of the following equation: $$\frac{\text{d}}{\text{d}t}\mathbf{L}_G = \sum_i \ \mathbf{r}_i\times \mathbf{f}_i$$ where $\mathbf{L}_G$ is the total ...
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What's behind the moment of inertia and other “body-global” properties of bodies?

I'm an electrical engineer currently doing some (computational) mechanics stuff. In introductory literature about mechanics, you can read plenty about the moment of inertia and how you use it in ...
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Differential equation of motion of combined rigid body

I am reading the following paper: http://tinyurl.com/jv2pu2m I have a question about (1) and (2): To (1), I think the following link provides good explanation. Equation of Motion for Rigid ...
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instantaneous velocity center

The instant center of rotation, also called the instantaneous velocity center is the point fixed to a body undergoing planar movement that has zero velocity at a particular instant of time. For ...
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Finding the Mass of a Precessing Top

Consider a symmetric, non-nutating precessing top with one point fixed (the tip if you will). It's symmetry axis is at an angle $\theta$ to the vertical and it steadily precesses at some angular ...
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rigid body dynamics - equations of motion if CM coordinate system not coincident nor aligned with body axes

My goal is to find inertial expressions for velocity and displacement components for a satellite subjected to an external torque (from a thruster aligned to the body system). I've reviewed some texts ...
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Spinning top fixed point

I have seen many explanations about the movement of a spinning top. The explanations were in a varied level, from basic newtonian mechanics to Lagrangian formalism. But I do not understand why some ...
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Where is the mistake in the following rationament [duplicate]

Well... kind of hard to translate in English so bare with me :). Let's consider a wheel that spins in the void. Each point of the wheel has the speed $v = ω r$. That means that for any $ω$, there is ...
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Finding $\theta$ at any point in time [duplicate]

I am looking to simulate the movement of a steel beam which has a constant mass $m$, and that has a pivot $O$ at one end that is moving with a constant horizontal velocity with magnitude $v$. ...
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Euler's equations (rotating frames)

I'm trying to understand the Euler's equations and I'm having problems with rotating frames and on which specific frame is each quantity measured. On the equation $$ \left(\frac{dL}{dt}\right)_{...
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Rolling without slipping taking the contact point as pivot

I'm confused about this "rolling without slipping" kind of situation. Or better in this case the object is rolling and slipping, just use the label "rolling without slipping" to identify the kind of ...
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Rotation of rigid body with two different angular velocities

Consider a cylinder that rotates about a vertical fixed axis with angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$ while rotating about a vertical axis passing through its center of mass with angular velocity $\vec{\...
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Principal axis of inertia parallel to the ones passing through the center of mass

Consider a rigid body and the (at least) three axes of inertia passing through its center of mass. Will any other axis not passing through the center of mass but parallel to one of the principal axes ...
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Angular velocity and velocity of CM indipendence in rigid body motion

In the most general case, in rigid body motion the linear velocity of the center of mass $v_{cm}$ and the angular velocity of the rigid body $\Omega$ are not related with each other. Which condition ...
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Parallel axis theorem and Koenig theorem for angular momentum

Are the parallel axis theorem and the Koenig theorem for angular momentum linked with each other in rigid body dynamics? The parallel axis theorem states that $$I_{z}=I_{cm}+ma^2$$ Koenig theorem ...
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Derivative of angular momentum of rigid body

I found this equation that describes the change in angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of a rigid body rotating about a fixed point $O$. $I_o$ is the moment of inertia of the body with respect to the axis of ...
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Calculation of support reaction in rigid body rotation and collisions

I can't understand the logic behind the calculation of torques exerted by supports in rigid body motion, especially rotation. The equation of angular momentum is $$\vec{\tau}=\frac{d\vec{L}}{dt}\tag{...
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Rolling without slipping in absence of friction force

I'm confused about a rolling without slipping situation. Suppose to have a disk of radius $R$ on a floor, and exert a horizontal force at a certain distance $r$ from the center of mass. I would like ...
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Ring Ascending a Step

Consider a thin circular ring of mass $m$, radius $r$ rolling without slipping with velocity $v$ towards a step of height $h$ $(<r)$. Assume no rebound and no slipping at the time of contact. What ...
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Why is the center of mass frame always used in rigid body dynamics?

In most of the cases the center of mass is chosen for rigid body motion description, but this is not an obliged choice, since the motion of any point $P$ of the rigid body can be seen as the ...
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Disk let free to rotate

A rigid body moving with no constraints, in particular rotating, will rotate necessarily about a principal axis of inertia. I thought that the reason of this is that otherwise, the angular momentum $\...
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Principal axes of inertia of a compound pendulum

I am confused about principal axes of inertia. Consider the compount pendulum in the picture, made of a rectangular plate. I oscillates about a horizontal axis $\hat{a}$ passing through $A$. The ...
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Distribution of contact force

Say we have a body resting on a flat surface. The force of gravity acts through the center of mass. The normal force is equal in size and in oposite direction. Since the body is in contact with ground,...
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Angular acceleration of rigid body due to a torque

For the rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis $z$ the following holds. $$ \vec{τ_z}= \frac{d \vec{L_z}} {dt} =I_z \vec{α} \tag{1}$$ Where $ \vec{τ_z}$ is the component parallel to the axis $...
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Two bodies connected to each other with with a string of lenth L is a rigid body? [duplicate]

Suppose we have two bodies A and B, they are connected to each other with an ideal string of length $L$. Then is this system a rigid body? This system has 5 degrees of freedom ( 6-1 constraint). But a ...
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Instantaneous axis of rotation of a rigid body

For the description of rigid body motion, any point $O$ of the rigid body could be taken as reference, since the velocity of a generic point $P$ can be written in function of the angular velocity $\...
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Velocity of the points of a rigid body

The most general motion of a rigid body is a roto-traslation. Firstly is it correct that any point (let's call it $O$) of the rigid body can be seen as the point through which passes a istantaneous ...
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Meaning of parallel axis theorem: why is the moment of inertia minimum if the axis passes through the CM?

From parallel axis theorem follows that, given a rigid body, the moment of inertia is minimum if calculated with respect to an axis passing through the center of mass. What is the physical meaning of ...
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Component of angular momentum perpendicular to the rotation axis in rigid body rotation

I have difficulties in understanding, in the rotation of a rigid body, the properties of the component of the angular momentum vector $ \vec {L} $ which is perpendicular to the fixed axis of rotation $...
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Proof of constant angular velocity in rigid body motion

I'm studying rigid body motion on Landau but I'm having troubles to understand this proof of the fact that the angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$ is constant for a rigid body. My doubt is about the ...
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Rigid body rotation about fixed axis with angular velocity not constant in magnitude

I'm trying to understand the properties of angular momentum in the rotation of a rigid body around a fixed axis $z$, when the angular momentum $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to the angular velocity $\vec{\...
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Is torque necessary in rigid body mechanics? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a weightless, rigid rod fixed at one end, but free to swing at the other, where there is a mass $m$ attached. If we want to determine the tangential acceleration of the mass using ...
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Torque on rotating rigid body and pivot point [duplicate]

Consider a rigid body performing a rotational motion around a vertical fixed axis $z$ with constant angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$. The angular momentum vector $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to $z$ (and ...
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Forces that exert torque on a rigid body in rotation when angular momentum is not parallel to angular velocity

I'm confused about the rotation of a rigid body, when the angular momentum $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to the angular velocity $\vec{\omega}$. Consider a barbell with two equal masses that rotates ...
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Rotational work and forces such as static friction or ropes tension

I'm confused about the rotational work, defined as $W=\int_{\theta_1}^{\theta_2} \tau_z d \theta $ Where $\tau_z$ is the component of the torque parallel to the axis of rotation $z$. Consider a ...