A tag for questions about the mechanical interactions of rotating objects, including torque and angular momentum.

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Rotational dynamics Lagrangian problem

I am trying to construct the Euler-Lagrange equation for a non-inertial reference frame. I have two questions, the first is with regard to the discussion of the transformation properties of the ...
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Rotation matrix of Euler's equations of rotation relative to inertial reference frame

I was playing with simulation of Euler's equations of rotation in MATLAB, $$ I_1\dot{\omega}_1 + (I_3 - I_2)\omega_2\omega_3 = M_1, $$ $$ I_2\dot{\omega}_2 + (I_1 - I_3)\omega_3\omega_1 = M_2, $$ ...
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Virtual work (generalized forces) for rotation with Euler angles

Here is what we know from virtual work: \begin{equation} \delta W=\sum_{i=1}^N{\vec F_i\cdot\delta\vec r_{i}} \end{equation} Where $N$ is the number of bodies in the system. I am considering a ...
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Using Lagrangian to get the equations of motion [on hold]

The thin hollow cylinder rolls on the plane without slipping. My attempt is summarised in the sketch below. X and Theta are my coordinates. I got stuck while writing the T
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When we ride a bicycle, why do we tend to move left when we turn it right? [duplicate]

When we ride a bicycle, we tend to move our body left if we are taking a right turn and vice versa. Why is it like that?
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Why do cylinders roll easily and not square or rectangular slabs? [duplicate]

Why do cylinders roll easily and not square or rectangular slabs?? Let us say both have same materiel and vertical dimensions? What is the reason for the slab always tends to slide?
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What makes us twist in a somersault?

In a backwards straight somersault you can decide whether you twist early or late. Twisting early means, that you induce the twisting movement before you rotatation hits 180° and twisting late means, ...
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A problem from the Rudolf Ortvay Competition in Physics [on hold]

PROBLEM STATEMENT: A uniform circular disc is kept face down on a table which has a uniform friction coefficient.It is pushed in such a way that there is translational as well as rotational motion of ...
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Are angular acceleration and velocity frame dependent?

Basically what I am trying to ask is if a body has an angular velocity $\omega$ or angular acceleration $\alpha$ about an axis then will it have the same angular velocity and acceleration along any ...
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How to Calculate Engine Torque from Wheel Torque?

Not sure if this is the right place to post - so feel free to tell me to go away :) Im trying to understand how I can use wheel torque curves to estimate the engine torque vs engine rpm relationship. ...
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Will computer fan rotate slower if one makes impeller heavier?

Imagine that we replace plastic fan impeller with identical metal impeller (same form, heavier weight). Would maximum fan speed decrease? Common sense suggests that air resistance and bearing ...
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What would happen if we tried to run a motor in space when it is not attached to anything to provide support to it?

I know that a when a motor runs it generates torque and that torque can be used to do useful work. On the other hand, the motor needs strong support that absorbs the reaction torque. In our case let ...
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how is this kind of rolling motion possible?

I was solving this problem : Suppose you put a sphere in a rough ground with velocity of center of mass $v_{cm}= v_o$ in the positive $x$ axis and with anticlockwise angular momentum $\omega_o$ so ...
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How to make a body rotate about a line that does not go through its center of mass by applying external torques

In space, is it possible to make a body rotate a point that does not go through its center of mass by applying external torques?
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Particle slides on incline where incline angle increases with rate $\omega$: why does kinetic energy have a term $(1/2)m(\omega^2 x^2)$?

A particle slides on a smooth inclined plane whose inclination is $\theta$ is increasing at a constant rate $w$. If $\theta = 0$, at time t = 0 at which time the particle start from rest, Find the ...
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Will this system of magnets rotate?

A system of four magnets are placed as shown in the figure. As per the application of Maglev, a stationary magnet produces electro motive force with the magnets in motion. Note That the point O is ...
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Trajectory of rolling billiard ball after collision with another billiard ball with same mass

So, according to this article http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-billiards.html , the trajectory of white (cue) ball is always perpendicular to the line connecting center of ball ...
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A lever arm-definition question

My question is regarding Torque, and specifically the definition of the lever arm. As far as I've understood, the lever arm is the line perpendicular to the line of action to your reference point. ...
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Can we spin a top in vacuum?

What happens to a top if we spin it in vacuum. Will it have any difference to rotating in a normal surface to a surface in vacuum.
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Is atmosphere rotate with Earth? [duplicate]

How can an aeroplane reach its targets if it is moving in the direction of rotation of the earth? Earth is revolving 1640 km per hour but aeroplane speed is 1200 km/h mathematically it is not possible ...
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How easily can the Earth flip?

The recent media attention to sunspot activity (however warranted) reminds me of a question I had long ago. Given the angular momentum and the slight 'wobble' of the earth, and remembering the ...
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Why does locking the rear tires on a vehicle cause it to spin?

Handbrake Turns are often used in motor-sports and stunt driving to turn around tight corners. Essentially, the driver applies the handbrake as he enters the turn, in order to "kick out" the back end ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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Determine fan sound (dB) based on its rotational speed (RPM)

I am trying to find the sound amplitude or level produced by a fan, knowing its RPM. Is there a simple formula for it? What other parameters does it depend on? Assume I have all the fan properties, ...
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Rotational dynamics equation for a variable mass system?

I'm searching for the formulation of Euler's rigid body dynamics in the case of a variable mass system. I'm reading the book Mechanics of Flight by Warren F. Phillips (2nd edition) and unfortunately ...
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Changing linear to angular velocity

Suppose a 1m rod with a hook is travelling at $v$ m/s, and the hook is caught on a hanging line. The rod will change its translational motion into rotation around the hook. Since it is not an ...
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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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Torque-direction of rotation

Taking moment about $A$, the mass of 2.0g and 0.50g is rotated in the clockwise direction is because they are both directed in downwards position? while $R2$ is acted in upward direction, so it is ...
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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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How to calculate the inertia tensors of an irregular polygonal right prism?

I am attempting to program a physics simulation and need to do calculate the inertia tensors of a mesh constructed of a series of irregular polygonal prisms. Now, I am aware that you can calculate ...
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Can a mouse rotating a wheel violate conservation of angular momentum?

I have been thinking on the following problem. Part I. Imagine we have a mouse enclosed in a rigid box. We placed the box on a frictionless surface (ice might be a good example). Can the box start ...
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Reduction of Earth's Rotation due to increase in humidity

I came to know that, moon is moving away from earth, resulting reduction of Earth's rotation. Similarly, if Earth's humidity increases, water vapor will be move up to the air from water sources, will ...
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Spinning rubber ball with equatorial ridge

I have this rubber ball with something like a very slight equatorial ridge (sort of like Saturn's moon Iapetus) which I often spin around on my desk. I keep noticing that no matter the inclination of ...
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Conceptual rolling

If you could roll a ball down a slope with friction, we would all know which direction the ball is rolling. However, say we have a frictionless slope and we roll the ball in the opposite direction and ...
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How do I incoporate gyro information in my position and velocity calculation? [closed]

The velocity in 1 direction can be calculated as : $V_t=V_0+at$ And position could be calculated as $P_t=V_0t+1/2at^2$. Besides time, acceleration, I was also given information from 3 axis ...
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Cylinder inside a cylinder - moment of inertia

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. I'm sorry for ...
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Advantages of a deadblow hammer?

A deadblow hammer is a type of mallet with a hollow head filled with shot or sand. When you hit with it, say on an anvil, the mallet does not rebound, but just falls flat and heavy. I don't ...
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Autocorrelation function corresponding to density of states with significant rotational motion

Most statistical physics textbooks (at least the ones I've found) state simply that the density of states of a system can be found as the temporal Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation ...
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Will increased weight slow a pendulum?

When a pendulum is swinging, if you could instantly add significant weight to the bob without altering it in any other way, will that weight increase drag and cause the pendulum to move to equilibrium ...
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Friction in Rolling Motion [duplicate]

My understanding of rolling motion: When a body rolls, at every instant, there is just one point of contact between the body and the plane and this point has no motion relative to the plane. Now ...
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If I start spinning a raw egg slowly why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously?

If I start spinning a raw egg very slowly in place, why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously? This is something I noticed the other day while cooking. It doesn't do the same thing with a ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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How to calculate friction on a spinning ball on the ground?

If there is a ball on the ground initially at rest, Assume that the plane xoy(cartesian) is the ground and that Z is the normal of the ground. If I spin the ball so that $\omega_x=\omega_y=0$ and ...
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Does a rotating disk develop a potential difference between the centre and rim?

This stems from thinking about the question If a perfect conductor where to move what happens to the electrons?. Suppose we have a rotating disk with no external magnetic field, so this is not a ...
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calculate the tile of rotation axis of a rolling ball

I want to solve the problem of friction effect on rotation axis of a rolling ball on collision with another ball. I've read Tennis racket theorem in this wikipedia article and thought it might ...
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On application of angular momentum conservation laws

Consider a situation like this: a massless ring is kept fixed at rest on a horizontal plane. A massless thin string attached at its one end to a point on the circumference of the ring while its other ...
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Is it possible to produce gravitational waves artificially?

Why don't they make a ball with irregularities, say the size of a tennis ball, then spin it very rapidly, so it would produce gravitational waves like a spinning star with irregularities on it? Is ...
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What is really the force required to open a door?

I found a few Phys.SE threads in which an impulse is used to exert a torque on a rod, is it possible to get a realistic description of the force required to open a door?: If we have a free 'door' ($l ...
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Torque (in $Nm$) of a cyclist

We're discussing bicycles with a friend, and it came to safety, speed and power. Now the question we have is: how much torque do my legs provide to the bicycle? I'm no expert in physics sadly, and ...