Circular motion about a central point or axis

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Force acting on a simple rigid body in space

so this is the question that's been bothering me: Say you have a simple rigid body in space that is at rest or travelling with only translational motion at a constant speed. Say that the body is ...
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Relationship between torque and angular momentum

I want to know how to deduce the equation $\vec{\tau}=\vec{\omega} \times \vec{L}$, where $\vec{\tau}$ is the moment of force (also known as torque), $\vec{L}$ is the angular momentum, ...
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What does “clockwise” mean, exactly? [closed]

I am in the middle of a discussion with a friend about the meaning of the term "clockwise". Wikipedia indicates that a clockwise rotation goes as top-right-down-left. However, my friend argues that ...
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Kinetic energy of a rotating rod [closed]

I have no idea where to even begin with this... Find the kinetic energy of a record of uniform density, mass 50 gm and radius 10 cm rotating at 33 and 1/3 revolutions per minute. Normally I would ...
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Why does angular velocity lies in the axis passing through the center of the circumference?

I understand that it can't be placed anywhere on the radius because it doesn't vary with it ( and so of course it doens't make sense to place it anywhere else on the plane), but why do we place it ...
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Maximum angular velocity to stop in one rotation with a known torque

I have an object I can rotate with a given torque. I would like to stop applying torque once I've reached a defined maximum rotational speed. The maximum rotational speed should be defined so that ...
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Tensors and rotations

All the tensors that I have studied so far have always appeared with some kind of rotation. For example, spherical tensors rotate as spherical harmonics, tensors in the context of special relativity ...
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Why do gyroscopes not maintain their stability as seen in this video

What exactly causes gyroscopes to oscillate as seen in this video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gdAmEEAiJWo Even when my toy gyroscope spins on Earth, I get oscillations. Is this a result of ...
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What is the Earth truly rotating about/revolving around?

Earth rotates on its axis and revolves around the sun, the sun revolves around the galaxy, the galaxy is also moving. So Earth's net rotation as observed from a fixed inertial frame consists of all ...
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What are the physics behind the Coriolis effect? [closed]

What causes the Coriolis effect?
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3D Vector Rotation of Point Mass

Triangle defined by points OA, OB and OC : (-i,3 j,-4 k), (i,2 j,2 k) and (3 i,7 j,- k) where i, j, k are unit vectors along x,y,z axis. Point mass is placed at OA. Triangle rotates with angular ...
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Could we use the coriolis effect to travel

Given a platform that is floating independent of Earth's gravity, would it be possible to put a platform over the equator and over the day, would the Earth rotate from under it allowing you to travel ...
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Proof that the Earth rotates?

What is the proof, without leaving the Earth, and involving only basic physics, that the earth rotates around its axis? By basic physics I mean the physics that the early physicists must've used to ...
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Slowdown rate of rotating body due to friction force [closed]

This isn't a homework question, but it might as well be. The problem I have been pondering is: If a disc (or children's roundabout if you like), of radius r, mass m, is spun around it's center ...
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What's wrong with this application of Thomas Precession to circular motion velocity measurements?

If you happen to have the Third Edition of Classical Electrodynamics by John David Jackson, turn to section 11.8, as that's where I'm getting all this from. If not, you should still be able to follow ...
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Eigenvectors of a 4D rotation, and their interpretation

Let us define a 4D rotation by using two unit quaternions: $$\mathring{q}_l=\frac{a+ib+jc+kd}{\left|a+ib+jc+kd\right|}$$ and $$\mathring{q}_r=\frac{e+ib+jc+kd}{\left|e+ib+jc+kd\right|}.$$ They differ ...
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Relativistic Lagrangian transformations

I need to study the relativistic lagrangian of a free particle. It's $\ L= - m c^2 \sqrt[2]{1- \frac{|u|^2}{c^2}} $ I need to study the translation, boost and rotation symmetry. I say it doesn't ...
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Row of pivoted magnets and energy scale

This question is about a system involving a horizontal row of length L of equally spaced pivotable magnets, each with a pole at either end. These magnets will often be referred to as units. So each ...
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Is period of rotation relative?

My question is inspired by the following answer by voix to another problem: "There is a real object with relativistic speed of surface - millisecond pulsar. The swiftest spinning pulsar currently ...
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EM Fields in a Rotating Frame of Reference

I'm struggling on my approach to the problem of figuring out E and B fields in a non-relativistic way for a rotating frame of reference in the x-y plane around the z-axis. I am attempting to do this ...
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Convert a 200mm linear stroke into 90 degrees motion [closed]

Can anyone help me Convert a 200 mm linear stroke into 90 degrees motion with as much mechanical advantage as possible or into two 90 degrees motions with as much mechanical advantage as possible? ...
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Does the sun rotate?

As implied from the question, does the sun rotate? If so, do other stars not including the sun also rotate? Would there be any consequences if the sun and other stars didn't rotate? Me and my friends ...
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Schriffer Wolff Transformation - for first order change in eigenvalues

Step 1 Let me formulate the problem to convey my notation. I have a matrix $A$ which is hermitian - and is diagonalisable by a transformation $$ U_A A\,\,U_A^{-1} = A_{diag}$$ Now the matrix is ...
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rotation matrix - why am I thinking this wrong?

The rotation given in Question 1 part ii) doesn't match with this wikipedia link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rotation_matrix. $$ \begin{array}{lcl} x' &=& x \cos\theta - y \sin\theta \\ y' ...
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3D: Get linear velocity from position and angular velocity

I want to find out the linear velocity of a point in 3D space, (Euclidean), given: Its position Its angular velocity The point it's rotating around (fulcrum) (This is a problem I need to solve ...
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Pauli matrix rotations

When doing physics with two-level systems and introducing rotations, a term that appears quite often is the rotation of a pauli matrix by another one: $e^{- i \sigma_i \theta/2} \sigma_k e^{i ...
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What is the proof that a force applied on a rigid body will cause it to rotate around its center of mass?

Say I have a rigid body in space. I've read that if I during some short time interval apply a force on the body at some point which is not in line with the center of mass, it would start rotating ...
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Transform torque from Euler angles to infinitesimal Cartesian rotations

For a certain pair of rigid bodies, I have the gradient of energy in terms of Euler angles. I want to transform this gradient to the gradient of energy in terms of rotations about the $x, y, z$ axes ...
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Does the Earth rotate the same encased in ice during the height of an Ice Age as it does when the bulk of it's water is liquid and always in motion?

Ice Age vs. Now. Does the Earth rotate at the same rate when encased in ice during the height of an Ice Age as it does when the bulk of it's water is liquid and always in motion?
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Rotating a reference system on a vector

Assume you have a vector $\vec{x}=(\sin(\vartheta)\cos(\varphi),\sin(\vartheta)\sin(\varphi),\cos(\vartheta))$ given in spherical coordinates in a reference System "R". I want to rotate the reference ...
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Rotate vector in spherical coordinates

I have two arbitrary vectors $\vec{x}$ and $\vec{x}'$ given in spherical coordinates $(|\vec{x}|=x,\theta,\phi)$ (as convention I take the "physics notation" given on Wikipedia ...
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Non-commutative property of rotation

Addition of angles are non-commutative in three dimensions. Hence some other angular vector quantities like angular velocity, momentum become non-commutative. What is the physical significance of this ...
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Aircraft Level Flight Trajectory

An aircraft climbs to 15000 feet and enters 'level flight' phase. My basic knowledge of physics says that forces on the aircraft at this time are balanced - as seen in this diagram. ...
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Research on galaxy “stiffness”? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are galactic stars spiraling inwards? Has there been any research on the effects of interstellar gravitational attraction that would make collective star motion in a ...
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How can I cause a levitating magnet to rotate?

I have a device like this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kA_hw_lY-OY (All of them work the same) Here's an image: I want to make it spin without touching it with hands. I tried using magnets ...
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Commutation relation of $J^2$ and $R(\alpha,\beta,\gamma)$

If $R(\alpha,\beta,\gamma)$ is the Rotation operator and $\alpha,\beta,\gamma$ are Euler angles and $J$ is the total angular momentum then how to get to this: $$[J^2,R]~=~0?$$ This is stated in ...
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What happens at the end of Coriolis Deflection

Consider we launch a cannonball due south from a point at 45 degrees latitude in the Northern Hemisphere (e.g the point defined with the co-ordinate system on this diagram). The cannonball travels for ...
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Why is $F = mg - T$ in this case?

The situation is as follows: I am told that $F_{net} = mg - T$ in this case, but doesn't that not take into account that $T$ isn't applied to the center of mass? Newton's second law is defined for ...
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How to show that if two masses($m_1$ and $m_2$) are connected($r_1<r_2$) with a string moving around a point A, they move with same angular velocity?

How to show that if two masses($m_1$ and $m_2$) are connected($r_1<r_2$) with a string moving around a point A( circular motion), they move with same angular velocity? In this special case if ...
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Finding Constant Angular Acceleration

The question is, "A centrifuge in a medical laboratory rotates at an angular speed of 3500 rev/min. When switched off, it rotates 46.0 times before coming to rest. Find the constant angular ...
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Does Earth's Rotation Affect Its Shape?

The question I am working on is, "Consider the following. (a) Find the angular speed of Earth's rotation about its axis. rad/s (b) How does this rotation affect the shape of Earth?" I am fully ...
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Vector Nature Of Angular Velocity

I am currently reading about angular position, angular velocity, and angular acceleration. I came across this paragraph that was particularly confusing, and was wondering if someone could perhaps help ...
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Earth is rotating [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does the atmosphere rotate along with the earth? If i take off from land on a helicopter straight above the earth surface to a certain height and stay there for few ...
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Applying angular velocity to a rotation matrix

I have a very simple question. In our project we store an object's orientation as a 3x3 matrix which holds the orthonormal base of that object's local space. For instance if the object is aligned with ...
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What is the formal definition of a stellar day?

I'm having trouble understanding precisely what a stellar day is. Neither the USNO nor the IERS sites provide a definition. And Wikipedia's description as the "rotation period relative to the fixed ...
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How can I name this 3D rotation

First I would like to be clear: this is a noob question, I need a simple answer if such an answer exists. In a three-dimentional space, how can I name this rotation? See an animation Let's assume X ...
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What is the spin rotation operator for spin > 1/2?

For spin $\frac{1}{2}$, the spin rotation operator $R_\alpha(\textbf{n})=\exp(-i\frac{\alpha}{2}\vec{\sigma}\cdot\textbf{n})$ has a simple form: ...
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Why does the wheel of a car appear to be moving in opposite direction?

When a car is about to stop, the speed of its wheel reduces. Why do we see or feel that the wheel of the car is moving in the opposite direction? This can also be observed of a fan at home. So why ...
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Rotation, cats landing on their feet, and conservation of angular momentum

Let θ be the orientation (angle) of a body (such as a cat), and let ω be its angular velocity. It is well-known that θ can change even when the body is not rotating, using the conservation of angular ...
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Can one make a ball rotate around a vertical axis using only a combination of horizontal axis rotations?

This is a nice problem that I would like to share. Problem: In a public garden, there a statue consisting of a spherical stone and a stone cup. The ball is 1 meter in diameter and weighs at least a ...