# Tagged Questions

Circular motion about a central point or axis

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### Does orbital motion cause rotation?

Assume the moon was flying freely in space, and not rotating at all. If if then happened to pass earth at just the right distance and velocity to fall into orbit, would its absolute rotation be ...
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### Rolling Resistance Coefficient

I found that rolling resistance can be expressed with this equation: $$F_\mathrm{rr} = \frac{C_\mathrm{rr} W}{r}$$ Where $C_\mathrm{rr} =$ coefficient of rolling resistance $W =$ normalforce $r =$...
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### Angular acceleration from torque and radius

The story is about wheel. I have a wheel and I need to know it's actual angular velocity(which doesn't mach Vcar_longitudal / r). What I have access to is torque ...
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### What happens to a body if it rotates extremely fast?

I am thinking on a object, e.g. ball or planet that starts rotating with increasing speed. Let's assume that his speed get's closer to the speed of light, what happens to this object? There are ...
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### Change of Earth's Rotation [closed]

At the time of global warming, all the ice will melt, resulting the reduction in spinning of earth, Initially. But, if earth's surface temperature rises continuously for a long time, exactly this will ...
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### Vectors finding direction include the difference between “north of east” and “east of north”

In what direction is your friend from the starting point after skiing 3 km east and then 1.5 km north? so far I know that angle= tan-1(opp/adj)=(1.5/3.0) angle= 26....
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### What is the difference between vortexing and centrifuging?

I understand that vortexing will result in mixing / re-suspension of particles, and that centrifugation will result in the separation of particles. However, what is the difference in the physics that ...
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### How to show the finite rotation of a spin-1/2 system?

I'm reviewing my quantum mechanics by going through Sakurai and Napolitano again and working out all of the derivations. I'm stumped (though I probably shouldn't be) on some algebra in the finite ...
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### Can an angle be defined as a vector?

In Classical Mechanics angular velocity, angular acceleration, torque and angular momentum can be defined as vectors with clear advantages such as the possibility to use vector product to simplify ...
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### Angular velocity when a rod inclined to a wall slips and its subsequent motion observed from the axis of rotation

When a rod inclined to a wall slips, rate of change of which angle does the angular velocity represent? Is it the rate of change of angle with which the rod is inclined to the horizontal ? I'm not ...
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### To prove uniqueness of the rotation tensor associated with rotation of a rigid body

Suppose there are $N$ particles embedded in a rigid body which undergoes some random rotation such that: $$\overline{\overline {R}}_{ij} \otimes \vec{a}_{ij} = \vec{b}_{ij}$$ where, $i$ and $j$...
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### Time dependent ODE involving cross product

Let $\vec{A}$ be any time dependent vector quantity, and $\vec{\alpha}$ any constant vector. I was told that a solution to the differential equation $$\dot{\vec{A}} = \vec{\alpha}\times\vec{A}$$ is ...
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### To prove uniqueness of Rotation Tensor [closed]

How can you prove that a rotation tensor which rotates some given vector is a unique tensor? Let's say we have a vector 'a' and we take a tensor product of that vector with some tensor 'Z' such that: ...
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### What effect will a space-elevator have on earth's rotational speed?

If you (or e.g. a skater) spin on the spot with your arms outstretched you spin at a given speed, but when you retract your arms you spin much faster, extending your arms again will slow the spin down....
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### Bicycle counter-intuitive: in which direction it will move? [duplicate]

I saw this puzzle in a local newspaper: Consider a normal bicycle set to stand in its upright position, and its pedal is set to the position as shown in this figure. One man slightly hold the ...
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### Kinetic energy of a rotating object

in an exercise, a linear molecule is being subject to a force applied on the edge in its axis. Then $K_1=\frac{1}{2}mv^2$, all is well. Then in the second point of the exercise, the force is applied ...
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### Euler angles and curvilinear coordinate systems

If I have a curvilinear coordinate system and supposing I impose the condition that back transformations to Cartesian coordinate system are not permitted. I perform a rotation of the three axes( say ...
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### Parallel axis theorem non-uniform density [closed]

The parallel axis theorem says that if the moment of inertia of a body rotating about the body's centre of mass is $I_{cm}$, then the moment of inertia of the body rotating about an axis parallel to ...
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### Correct formulas for two wheeled robot motion

I'm trying to write a simulation of a two wheeled robot, which can be controlled by varying the speeds of his wheels, independently. However, the physics engine that I'm using can only rotate a body ...
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### Change in acceleration due to gravity because of rotation of earth [duplicate]

The formula above is the equation for acceleration due to gravity when earth rotates. G is the original acceleration. Can someone explain how this formula came?
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### What is the difference between translation and rotation, in the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian frameworks?

This sounds like a daft question, but I'm serious. Translation and rotation are clearly different -- the symmetry between them is broken by Newton's Laws. But in the Lagrangian/Hamiltonian ...
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### How are these marbles being accelerated?

This question refers to an effect visible starting at around 5m45s in this video1. (The question will make little sense if one has not first watched the clip.) The observation At around 5m45s we ...
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### Considering rolling without slipping using axis at contact point with surface

For a ball rolling down a ramp without slipping, we can use $\Sigma \tau = I \alpha$ about two axes: an axis through the center of the ball, and an axis through the contact point with the surface. The ...
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### In golf, is there a rotational mechanical advantage of using a thicker grip?

I was asked to migrate this question to the physics exchange. Ok, so many professionals are now using the new SuperStroke golf grips. I am basically thinking about the concept of a bigger grip, but ...
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### Accelerometer reading in a uniform circular motion

Question - there is an accelerometer kept in a car moving in a uniform circular motion. The accelerometer is kept in such a way that the z axis points downwards, x axis is pointing towards centre of ...
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### Rotation of fluid filled cylinders [closed]

Given two cylinders of same mass , one completely made out of solid metal and the other a hollow one which has been filled with a viscous fluid say oil. Both have the same mass.Now if they are placed ...
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### Coupling between galaxy spin and central black hole spin

What is the relationship between the spin of a galaxy and the spin of its corresponding black hole? Associated questions: Do they always have the same axis of rotation? Do they always spin in the ...
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### Why is the axis of rotation about O? (picture)

I'm not understanding part b. Why is the rotation about O? Shouldn't it be about C? If you do it about C you get a different answer because you'd get the same angular velocity but a different radius ...
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### Why don't we include angular acceleration while calculating net acceleration for a particle moving in a circle ?

When we calculate net acceleration of a particle It is the vector sum of the centripetal acceleration and the tangential acceleration (if any) however why don't we also consider adding angular ...
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### 2 men support a uniform horizontal beam at its 2 ends .If one of them lets go ,the force exerted by the beam on the other man will?

A) remain unaffected B) increase C) decrease D) become unequal to the force exterted by him on the beam This was a question in one of my books for mechanics, they solved the question using ...