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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degree of freedom of a rigid body 5 or 6?

I'm confused here. I have a three particle (rigid) system. What would be the degree of freedom? I found out five. 3 coordinates for center of mass and 2 for describing orientation. But we have only ...
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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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Are Fluted Barrels More Rigid Than Standard Ones?

This seems to be quite a debated topic in the shooting community and is something I'm not sure about. A fluted barrel is a barrel that has grooves milled into it to reduce weight, help it cool faster ...
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how to represent the effect of linking rigid-bodies together?

I have 2 rigid-bodies (b1,b2) if i linked one to the other (as if they are conjoined together) , how to represent b1 effect on b2 and b2 effect on b1 Is there any LAW that affect the ...
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Rod Falling on Frictionless Surface

A rigid rod with mass m is initially held at an angle with respect to a frictionless plane by a string. Then the string is cut. What happens to the rod? My intuition suggests that the rod should slide ...
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Ideally speaking, will a rolling disk with no slipping come to a stop because of friction from the ground?

Consider a rotating disk on a horizontal plane with static friction. The contact point of the disk with the plane has null instantaneous velocity. Assuming the center of the disk has fixed $v_0$ ...
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How come a rigid body has 6 degrees of freedoms (DOFs) ? Isn't velocity a DOF?

For rigid body we need to know position of three points and their velocities to determine everything. So that would make 12 DOF. Why do text books say it has six DOFs?
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Ball's opposite rotation caused by friction

Assume that you push a ball like in the picture (along the red line) with your hand with a some force. The ball will move forward while its rotating in this way: And after some movement, the ball ...
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Determine reaction forces on square frame

The square frame consists of four identical homogeneous rods of mass $m$. It lies in the vertical plane and can move in it due to the wheels situated in A and B. These wheels can slide ...
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Angular Momentum of a rigid, extended object

Angular momentum of an object is a physical quantity that depends on the chosen point about which to calculate the angular momentum. It is often said that an object that has been thrown up in the air ...
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Physics needed to build a top down billiards game [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are these balls reflected after they hit each other? I was wondering what sort of physics equations would I need in order to build a top down billiards game? I tried ...
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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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Will a coin topple if the center of the coin is just on the corner of the square table?

3/4th of the coin is outside the table and 1/4th is on the inside. Also assume that the center of the coin is just on the inside.
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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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Reaction to gyroscopic force [duplicate]

Just like the reaction of the weight of a body is a force acting on Earth towards the body, where and in what direction does the reaction of a gyroscopic force act?
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components of angular velocity?

Let $\vec \omega = (\omega_1, \omega_2, \omega_3)$ be the angular velocity of a rigid body with respect to the body frame, where the body frame is right-handed orthonormal. I have gathered 2 ...
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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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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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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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Conservative/Non-conservative nature of hinge force [closed]

Can total mechanical energy be conserved for a hinged rod free to move in the $X-Y$ plane? Because, there's the hinge force. If it is non-conservative, energy won't be conserved. Is it conservative?
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Precession of angular momentum vector

I'm studying Classical Mechanics on Goldstein's book, so I'm using his terminology and notation. First I'll explain where the question comes from: consider a heavy symmetrical top and consider the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Rigid body dynamics of tossing of a coin

While tossing a coin, it is commonly experienced that you get a head, if you toss it up with the head side up, and a tails if you toss with the tails side up. Is there a mathematical proof of this ...
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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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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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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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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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Gyroscope precession

I have a system diagrammed and explained in the image below. Experimentally I believe the wheel will rotate around the pivot point where the cable is attached in a counter-clock motion if ...
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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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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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Rigid body motion degrees of freedom

A rigid body moving in $\mathbb{R^2}$ has 3 degrees of freedom and in $\mathbb{R^3}$ has 6 degrees of freedom. Could you please help me show that a rigid body moving in $\mathbb{R^n}$ has ...