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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Rotation from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics

I apologize for the ambiguity in my title. It was rather difficult to figure out what is the most appropriate title for my questions. My questions come from chapter 4 and chapter 5 of Goldstein, ...
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Converting Point Gradients to Rotational Representation

I'm a PhD student in an unrelated field. It's been a very long time since I've done physics, and I've run into a problem in my research which I think is actually a physics problem. Basically, I have ...
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Instantaneous angular momentum of a disc

Suppose we have a disk of radius $r$ and mass $m$ travelling at velocity $v$. I want to calculate the instantaneous angular momentum with axis through the edge of the disc (on the circumference). ...
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Push a box in a plane with friction. How to deal with the rotation?

Suppose I have a box (say, length-1m, width-1m, height-0.5m) on the plane with friction. I can apply a horizontal force in on the surface of the box. If the force doesn't pass through the center of ...
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A different proof for 6 degrees of freedom

I want a different proof of 6 degrees of freedom of a solid object made of $\ N$ particles. I am thinking along these lines: Definition of rigid body is $\ modulus[\vec{r_i}-\vec{r_j}]=constant \ ...
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Deriving $T = F\ r = I\alpha$ for a rigid body

For a single point mass : $\tau=F_{t}r=ma_tr=(m r^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ For multiple point masses bound together : $\sum \tau_i = (m_ir_i^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ But how do we go from that to $I\alpha = ...
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Deriving torque from Euler-Lagrange equation

How could you derive an equation for the torque on a rotating (but not translating) rigid body from the Euler-Lagrange equation? As far as I know from my first class in Classical Mechanics, there is ...
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Kinematics of Euler angles relative to a rotating frame

I have a rotating body $B$ and a rotating frame $F$ whose orientations are described by the quaternions $q_B$ and $q_F$ respectively. I also have the angular velocity vectors $\omega_B$ and ...
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Torque on puck moving on plane without friction

We have two pucks moving on a plane without friction. On one of them a force is applied on it's center of mass. On the second a force of equal magnitude is acting tangential to the puck and at a ...
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Gauge formalism in rigid body mechanics

When doing calculations in rigid body mechanics, it is necessary to choose an origin to calculate torques and angular momenta. However, the underlying dynamics does not depend upon the choice of that ...
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Force and Torque Question on an isolated system [duplicate]

If there's a rigid rod in space, and you give some external force perpendicular to the rod at one of the ends for a short time, what happens? Specifically: What dependence does the moment of inertia ...
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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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Reference for the predictability of rigid body dynamics

I'm looking for a reference, journal article, paper, etc. that supports the idea that classical mechanics, in particular rigid body dynamics, is largely predictable. A view coming from the background ...
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Understanding Tensors

I don't seem to be able to visualize tensors. I am reading The Morgan Kauffman Game Physics Engine Development and he uses tensors to represent aerodynamics but he doesn't explain them so I am not ...
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Derivation of Euler's equations for rigid body rotation

Sorry for using this image, but I thought this was the most convenient way of asking this question. Please zoom in. I do not understand from the line, "Now, in the body frame $T = (T_{x'}, T_{y'}, ...
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What will happen if I remove a nail which stops a plank from moving on a smooth floor because of a solid sphere pure rolling on it?

What will happen if I remove a nail which stops a plank from moving on a smooth floor because of a solid sphere pure rolling on it?The plank has it's upper surface which is in contact with the sphere ...
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Running Euler's disk in a superfluid

I was considering the toy Euler's Disk, a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVl2CBG_h2s I was interested in understanding the behavior of the disk particularly in vacuum and in ...
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Does a bungee cord have a moment of inertia?

Does a bungee cord have a moment of inertia? I'm trying to understand to what extent a body must be rigid in order for the moment of inertia to be defined for that body. Since the distance between ...
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Feynman's explanation of parallel axis theorem

In the book Feynman's Lectures on physics volume 1 chapter 19, He explains prallel axis theorem as follows. Suppose we have an object, and we want to find its moment of inertia around some ...
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Applying a force on a rigid body which is used to create torque

In the above picture, I have a rigid body, in turquoise, which is connected to a point, the red circle. The dotted lines are used to divide objects or lengths, they are not part of the rigid body. ...
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Centre of instantaneous rotation problem

Is there a point of Centre of Instantaneous Rotation (CIR) for every type of motion or only for cases of rolling?
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Rigid body/moment of inertia problem

I have a homework assignment about rigid body dynamics. Take a disc of radius $r=2m$ with uniform mass density $\rho=1$ $kg/m^2$ in the x-y plane, resting in an inertial frame. At some instant, a ...
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Unexpected potential energy increase during Tic-Tac drop

I dropped a Tic-Tac: (no worries, it happened before), and I noticed as it bounced on the floor that it would first jump 20 cm high, and at the next bounce for instance 50 cm high. Shouldn't it ...
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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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'Eulerian' description of a rigid body submerged in fluid

In this paper, equations of rigid body motion (eq 4 and 5 in the paper) are written in Eulerian form (eq 12 in the paper). The rigid body is submerged in a viscous incompressible fluid. ...
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Equation of Motion for Rigid Body Motion

In a paper, eq 24 I am reading, the author mentions the equation of rigid body motion which is written as the sum of translational motion of the centre of mass, $x_G(t)$ and a rotational term about an ...
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Approximating the moment of inertia of a quadcopter [closed]

I want to compute an approximated moment of inertia for my quadcopter: my idea is to take the frame and the electronics, approximate it as a sphere in the center of mass $M$ and radius $R$ (with ...
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Combining Moment of Inertia Tensors

In a physics simulation of rigid bodies, if I have a cube with a known mass and moment of inertia tensor, and I attach it to another cube with a known mass and moment of inertia tensor such that its ...
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Can the angular momentum of any rigid body (symmetrical or asymmetrical) be found this way?

Can the angular momentum of anybody regardless of whether its symmetrical about the center of mass or not be found by finding the angular momentum about its center of mass and summing it up with the ...
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Torque and angular acceleration with bicycle wheel

This might be a simple problem for many of you. However, please help me understand it too. I have been looking trough a lot of materials online, and I still have the following questions, that would ...
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Eulerian Angles — Why three rotations can transform fixed frame into body frame?

"In general, if we restrict ourselves to rotations about one of the Cartesian axes, three successive rotations are required to transform the fixed frame into the body frame" The origin of our fixed ...
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Motion of rigid body system in absense of work

In the absence of work on the system, is there a closed form equation for the motion of a set of constrained rigid bodies (let's say, using Revolute (ie: simple pivot) constraints)? If the bodies are ...
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Newton's second law for rotation

Can the second law of motion for rotation, $\vec{\tau}=I \vec{\alpha}$, be used for any axis? Is there any case that acceleration $\vec{\alpha}$ is not in the direction of applied torque ...
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Kinetic energy of a cylinder

It is a long cylinder (you can approx $R=0$), and it has a fixed point in one os its ending points, it's rotating on a plane and I have to calculate the kinetic energy from reference systems situated ...
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How are Euler's laws of motion applied to gyroscopes?

Euler's laws of motion for a distributed mass are: $$F = \frac{d}{dt} MV_{cm},\ N = \frac{d}{dt} L$$ $F$ are the sum of the external forces, $M$ the total mass, $V_{cm}$ the velocity of the centre ...
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Force of an ideal spring

Suppose you have an ideal spring (constant of the spring $k$) attached to a uniform disc of radius $R$ as in the picture below: The force $F$ in red is from the spring. My question is the ...
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How far does a ball thrown over a surface with friction slide until it starts rotating? [closed]

A bowling ball is thrown horizontally with initial velocity $v$ and no initial rotation over a surface with static coefficient of friction $\mu$. Determine the distance the ball travels ($d$) until ...
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How to prove that any rotation can be represented by 3 Euler angles

How can one prove that any rotation of a rigid object in 3-dimensional (3D) space can be represented by a sequence of three rotations around pre-fixed axes by 3 Euler angles? I see this statement in ...
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Angular acceleration as a function of torque

I know that the angular momentum $\mathbf{L}_{cm}$ with respect to the centre of mass of a rigid body can be expressed as $I\boldsymbol{\omega}$ where $I$ is the inertia matrix and ...
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Analysis of motion of a body moving on a string?

I was wondering about something I observed yesterday. To give some background, one of my hobbies is slacklining. This is essentially like tight-rope walking but with a one inch piece of (in this case ...
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Calculate angular velocities and alpha values?

A lightweight bar, stiff stick of length L, at either end are two small spheres of mass $m_{1} = m_{2} = m$. Bar may turn in vertical horizontal axis passing through point O on the way its a bar ...
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Contact between two rigid bodies. How does contact force is distributed in the contact surface?

We have a rigid body with some scalar function of vector argument, which describe density of body at concrete point in space. The body lie on the table in the stable state, elements of it doesn't ...
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Instant centre of rotation for two connected gears

The two gears are have the angular velocities $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ respectively with respect to $Oxyz$. The task is to determine the angular velocity $\boldsymbol{\omega}$ of the arm ...
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Rigid body translation and the moment about a point

ok the statement of the moments , beside the fourth car image How there is a moment about the point A although there is only translational motion , is not the car only moving and not rotating ? ...
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Degrees of Freedom for an Asymmetric top

How many degrees of freedom does an asymmetric top have if it is rotating about a fixed point?What are the generalised coordinates used then?
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point-particle vs rigid-body [closed]

As pointed out here point-particle-based modeling can lead to very inaccurate predictions. Could you give an example where point-particle-based model describes reality accurately enough and one where ...
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Terrestrial Space Elevator Construction - Plausability

Framework If there was a cable constructed at the equator about the circumference of the Earth, and if this cable had sufficient strength to remain intact while erect, call this tensile strength T. ...
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Collision Resolution System Adding Velocity Into System

In my 2-dimensional physics simulation, I have a rectangular rigid body 'a' with infinite mass (the floor), and a rectangular rigid body 'b' with finite mass above it turned at a slight angle. When ...
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Is having full information about the resonances of a rigid body equivalent to having full information about its material parameters?

Lets say I have a mechanical system whose mechanical resonances (mode shape and frequency) I can measure with perfect accuracy. Is this theoretically equivalent to knowing the materials parameters, ...
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Solid-body rotation of fluid in polar coordinates: How to compute the stress tensor

In a course on continuum mechanics, we are given an exercise concerning solid-body rotation of a fluid in polar coordinates. In the first parts (feel free to correct any errors here) we are tasked ...