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

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A rope attaches the Moon to the Earth. What happens?

Consider the Earth (mass $M$, radius $R$, rotating about its own axis at $\Omega$) and the moon (mass $m$, radius $r$, with axial rotation equal to $\omega_m$), whose centre of masses are $d$ apart. ...
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Does the Magnitude of the Drag Coefficient on a Rectangular Prism vary with Rotation?

I have a question about the drag coefficient in the drag equation. Let's say I have a rectangular prism oriented such that, looking down on it, the long side is parallel to the y-axis. Moving forward ...
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Angle of rotation of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field

I am modeling the motion of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field. The ellipsoid is rotating about its shortest semi-principal axis which I have designated the $z$-axis in the body-fixed frame, ...
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Mechanics of a rolling drum

I have no clue on how to approach this. The professor only discussed centripetal acceleration and angular velocity (As in $2πr\over T$ $= ωr$). Does the acceleration along the axis of the drum act ...
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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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rotational oblateness

I am trying to compute the amount of oblateness that is caused by planetary rotation. I picture the force of gravity added to the centrifugal force caused by the rotation of the planet as follows: ...
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Component of angular velocity along an axis inclined at $\theta$

If an arbitrary rigid body rotates with angular velocity $\omega_0$ about some axis, can it be said that the body will rotate with an angular velocity $\omega_0 \cos(\theta)$ about an axis which is at ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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What is the evidence for the super-rotation of Earth's inner core?

What are the geophysical observations that support (or contradict) the hypothesis that the Earth's inner core rotates at a faster rate than the Earth's mantle? Summary of Answers: 1) Studies of ...
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The secret behind the spinning, asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top?

When you spin an asymmetrically weighted, 2D disk-shaped top, the heavy part actually rises to the top. Why is this? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h0SZZTBQmEs ...
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what happens to the angular velocity of star in star-black hole system?

What happens to the rotational and revolutionary angular velocities of star in star-black hole system as the star loses mass ?
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Stability of rotation of a rectangular prism

I've noticed something curious about the rotation of a rectangular prism. If I take a box with height $\neq$ width $\neq$ depth and flip it into the air around different axes of rotation, some motions ...
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Optical illusion of car wheels, speeding up [duplicate]

Perhaps it is some free moving spinner attached to the wheel, but as opposed to this question: Why does the wheel of a car appear to be moving in opposite direction? I have seen car wheels that appear ...
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Expected behavior of the gravity under some experiment [duplicate]

I would like to know the expected behavior of the Gravity under the following mentioned imaginary experiment: What if we dig a well or a boar or a straight hole (say, its diameter is 100 meter) ...
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Static as opposed to Kinetic Friction in Rolling Motion

During analysis of rolling motion, why do we consider coefficient of friction as that of static friction and not kinetic friction?
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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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Dose the gravitational force produces precession in the spinning top?

I'm new at classical mechanics but the text book says there is the torque in the spinning top which generated only by gravitation. It is hard to explain the situation, I've add the link. ...
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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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Rotating spring system: Is my intuition correct?

Consider a solid spherical object of uniform density that is rotating on an axis A1. Perpendicular to that axis one can draw another line that passes through the sphere. On this axis, on both sides of ...
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How to design a deliberately biased coin?

For demonstrating basic probability concepts, it would be nice to have a coin-like object that lands heads/tails not in 50/50% ratio, but biased in a way that can be revealed in a short experiment. ...
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Huge buildings affect Earth's rotation?

Does constructing huge buildings affect the rotation of the Earth, similar to skater whose angular rotation increases when her arms are closed comparatively than open?
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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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Intuitive explanation for why same force applied farther from a hinge causes larger angular acceleration than if applied closer?

A standard example of a problem involving torque is opening a door - the same force F applied far from the hinge causes a larger angular acceleration than if applied close to the hinge. I always had ...
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A rod of length $L$ & mass $M$ is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance $x$ from the support

A rod of length L & mass M is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance 'x' from the support ? For its solution why should we take mass of L-x portion of ...
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Physics of the point of contact for a spinning top

I understand how spinning tops don't tip over, cf. e.g. this and this Phys.SE questions. What I'm more interested is in identifying the factors that determine the direction the spinning top moves to? ...
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What do people actually mean by “rolling without slipping”?

I have never understood what's the meaning of the sentence "rolling without slipping". Let me explain. I'll give an example. Yesterday my mechanics professor introduced some concepts of rotational ...
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How is torque equal to moment of inertia times angular acceleration divided by g?

How is the following relation true $$\tau = \large\frac{I}{g} \times \alpha$$ where $\tau$ is torque, $I$ is moment of inertia, $g= 9.8ms^{-2}$, and $\alpha=$ angular acceleration.
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Angular momentum conservation while internal frictional torque is present

So this appears in a problem which looks simple enough in its context; It's something like this: Two discs, A and B, are mounted coaxially on a vertical axle. The discs have moments of inertia $I$ ...
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Calculating the moment inertia for a circle with a point mass on its perimeter

I want to calculate the tensor of the moment of inertia. Consider this situation: The dot represents a points mass, in size equal to $\frac{5}{4}m$. $m$ is the mass of the homogenous circle. I'm ...
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Finding the moment of inertia through superposition?

Let's say I have a body consisting of two homogenous spheres/balls that touch each other. I also have a body fixed coordinate system which consists of that body's principal axes. I know the the moment ...
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What determines the angle of the cushion on a pool table?

If you look at the cushions (bumpers) on a pool table, you'll see that they're not vertical. They're tilted inwards. About 10 years ago, I came across a physics exam in which one of the problems ...
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Double Compound Pendulum: why use inertia about the center of mass for bottom pendulum?

I'm trying to wrap my head around the kinetic energy of a double compound pendulum, like the one shown in the Wikipedia article on double pendulums. I know for computing the kinetic energy of the ...
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Rotational Dynamics

In studying rotational dynamics of a rigid body , I can't seem to understand why you can solve the problem correctly only using certain points in a body and not all ? Means angular momentum and torque ...
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Confusions about rotational dynamics and centripetal force

I am a high school student. I am having confusions about the centripetal force and rotational motion . I have known that a body will be in rest or in uniform velocity if any force is not applied. But ...
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Back motor effect of loaded generators?

The back motor effect (see Counter-electromotive force) is the counter torque which opposes the rotational motion of the coils in a generator when the generator is under load. The back motor effect ...
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Equivalence between a charged rotating cylinder and a solenoid

Suppose we have a cylindrical shell of radius $r$ with surface charge density $\sigma$. Then we start rotating the cylinder at an angular speed $\Omega$. You can show that in this case the surface ...
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Newton's Second Law Equivalent in rotational dynamics

The law that $$\frac{d\vec{L}}{dt}= \vec{T}$$ where $\vec{T}$ is torque about a frame's origin $o$ and $\vec{L}$ is the angular momentum about that origin $o$. Can this law be ultimately (always?) ...
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Mass equals Moment of inertia when constant density?

I have found equation for moment of inertia $(J)$. I'm calculating $J$ for hemisphere, with rotational axis $Z$. $$ J = \iiint\limits_V r^2 \cdot \rho \cdot dV $$ But if $\rho$ is constant ...
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What's the motion of this yoyo under external force will be?

A yoyo on a horizontal table is being pulled by a string to the right, the table is not frictionless. If we only know that the object doesn't slip, how do we know if the string is winding up or ...
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Moment of inertia of a yo-yo

Considering the yo-yo like two CDs with a hollow cylinder between them, what is the moment of inertia of that object? The axis that I must choose can't pass through the CM and be parallel to ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane held by a string

A cylinder of mass M and radius R is in static equilibrium as shown in the diagram. The cylinder rests on an inclined plane making an angle with the horizontal and is held by a horizontal string ...
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Rolling ball which slips

A bowling ball of mass $M$ and radius $r_0$ is thrown along a level surface so that initially ($t = 0$) it slides with a linear speed $v_0$ but does not rotate. As it slides, it begins to spin, and ...
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Optimal door opening

This is a problem that has been periodically bugging me, so I finally decided to work on it. I haven't done any physics since high school, so I'm a bit out of practice: Consider a doorway with two ...
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Wheel locks and spinout

Imagine driving in a straight line on a ice lake, when you hit the brakes, if your goal is to stay in straight path with no spinout, which wheels would you choose to have locked: front or rear? ...
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Foucault pendulum

The equations of motions for a Foucault pendulum are given by: $$\ddot{x} = 2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{y} - \frac{g}{L}x,$$ $$\ddot{y} = -2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{x} - \frac{g}{L}y.$$ What are the ...
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Thrust center in space

I have this dilemma: Suppose you have a space ship somewhere in deep space, where there is no drag force or substantial gravity. If the ship has a single engine situated in such a way that the center ...
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Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
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Limitations on the choice of axis of rotation regarding rolling wheels

Consider a situation where a wheel is rolling without friction on a level surface. Call the center of the wheel $C$, the point where the wheel contacts the ground $G$, and some arbitrary other point ...
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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Conceptual Questions

Let $M$ be the magnetic moment of a system. Below are the Bloch equations, including the relaxation terms. $$\frac{\partial M_x}{\partial t}=({\bf M} \times \gamma {\bf H_0})_x-\frac{M_x}{T_2} $$ ...
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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 ...