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

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Why does a rolling disc topple less easily than a standing one?

If a force is applied perpendicular to the surface of a disc it topples sideways. Also, a stationary disc topples more easily than a rolling one. The explanations I've seen for this state that since ...
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Rotational Mechanics: Conservation of Angular Momentum

Consider a case where a person stands on top of a rotating disk. The disc is given to rotate at a constant rate. There are two possible movements of the man: He moves away from the center: In this ...
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What prevents this rotational perpetuum mobile from working? [closed]

As a newbie in physics I imagine this device and I would like to know why it can't increase its energy. Note I study the sum of energy during one second (or less) after set friction ON. The device: ...
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Torque from Gravity

If a sphere rolls on an inclined plane, why does the component of gravity parallel to the plane not exert a torque on the sphere? Shouldn't infinitesimal mass particles experience a force of ...
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Why do we add the spin angular velocity and orbital anglar velocity when asked to calculate total angular velocity of Gyroscope?

Normally when we talk of angular velocity we mean how the angle of a vector changes with time with respect to an origin.Thus the oribital angular velocity of gyroscope makes sense to me.However I find ...
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Friction in Slipping and Rolling

I'm solving a rotational motion problem that involves slipping and rolling. The problem's basic setup has a sphere rotated and then placed onto the ground, at which point it begins to acquire ...
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How to model a very simple spinning wheel

First off, I'm not a physics person, just a lowly software engineer with below average math skills. What I've written is a simple animation of a spinning wheel using C++/GTK/Cairo. It allows the user ...
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How torque and friction cause wheel to roll

I apologize if this question has been answered before, but I did not find the explanation that I needed. If a torque is applied to a wheel situated on a frictional surface, what forces cause the ...
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What causes a tall box to tip over on an inclined plane?

I'm wondering what makes a tall box rotate about its edge (the red point on the figure below) on a inclined plane (with or without slipping), when subjected to forces of gravity and friction only: ...
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Water bottle moment of inertia

I've noticed that I can make a full water bottle spin about its short axis easier than I can make it spin when it is 1/4 or 1/2 full. Also, when it is spun and is not full, the geometric center of the ...
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An electromagnetic induction problem [closed]

The question goes like this : A thin non conducting horizontal disc of mass $m$ having total charge $q$ distributed uniformly over its surface, can rotate freely about its own axis. Initially ...
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Does a rotating plank only acquire rotational kinetic energy?

I have another doubt with a Kleppner problem :(. A thin plank of mass M and length l is pivoted at one end. The plank is released at 60$^{\circ}$ from the vertical. What is the magnitude and ...
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Effects of firing shells on the Earth's angular momentum

During a certain war, millions of shells were fired by country A towards the west, and even more shells were fired back by country B towards the east. The average momentum of each bullet were the same ...
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Why doesn't a block rotate due to friction?

In a horizontal surface, a block (cube) is sliding due to a sudden push. When the block slides, there is frictional force which is acting on the block. Frictional force will have a torque around ...
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Trouble with derivation in an equation for Newton's Law of Angular Motion

I'm an autodidact and can't follow the part after "it is easily seen that"... which is the 31st equation: Shouldn't it be: $m_i\,{\bf r}_i\times \frac{d^2{\bf r}_i }{dt^2}= \frac{d}{dt}(m_i r_i ...
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Constant power in rotational dynamics

I am having trouble understanding and applying the concept of constant power (e.g. a motor) in rotational dynamics. We have that: $$P=\tau\omega$$ Therefore if we imagine a physical system with a ...
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Moment of inertia of a sphere

I'm looking at sample calculations of moment of inertia of a sphere here. In the first example (disc method), it has the integral as $dI = \frac{1}{2}r^2 \,dm$, while in the second example (shell ...
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Describing a motion of gyroscope with gimbal

Can you tell be how to set the equations to describe the motion of this machine in movie "Contact": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSaO9VGjLXc This is gyroscope with gimbal, am I right?
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Torque and angular acceleration with bicycle wheel

This might be a simple problem for many of you. However, please help me understand it too. I have been looking trough a lot of materials online, and I still have the following questions, that would ...
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Calculating the time to stop a wheel with friction [closed]

I'm trying to solve the following problem, but i have no idea how to begin. A wheel of mass $M$, radius of gyration $k$, spins smoothly on a fixed horizontal axle of radius a which passes through ...
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Eulerian Angles — Why three rotations can transform fixed frame into body frame?

"In general, if we restrict ourselves to rotations about one of the Cartesian axes, three successive rotations are required to transform the fixed frame into the body frame" The origin of our fixed ...
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Ask an equation to solve the next location of an object?

It is a long time that I have not learnt physics. But now I really need an equation to solve a problem. I appreciate physicists give me a little hint. Here is a object on the desk without friction. ...
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Newton's second law for rotation

Can the second law of motion for rotation, $\vec{\tau}=I \vec{\alpha}$, be used for any axis? Is there any case that acceleration $\vec{\alpha}$ is not in the direction of applied torque ...
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Question regarding mass hanging from center edge of rotating disc

So, say you have a free to rotate disc, assuming no external torques, and you have a spool, radius 7.93 mm, attached to its centre. Say the spool has a string attached to a point on its edge and ...
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Why does a bicycle (without any support of stand) falls down being at rest, but not under motion? [duplicate]

I have always seen a bicycle not standing without any support, it either falls down to the right or to the left, may even to some other direction. But,the same two wheeler when under motion,moves ...
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Calculating torque in 3D?

Say you have a sphere, and you have several torque vectors acting on it, all at different points. Say you have the vector (6i + 3j + 5k) originating from point A, and the vector (3i + 1j + 9k) ...
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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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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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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. Would an ...
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Rotation of diatomic homonuclear molecule

I know that the rotation energy of a diatomic homonuclear molecule is $E_{Rot}=\frac{\hbar J(J+1)}{R^2 M}$. Does the axis of rotation depend on $J$? With respect to which axis does the molecule for ...
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What controls whether a ball will skid or roll?

A billard ball is struck with a cue. The line of action of the applied impulse is horizontal and passes through the center of the ball. The initial velocity $v_0$ of the ball, its radius $R$, its mass ...
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What techniques can be used to analyze a rod rotating about the edge of a table?

A uniform rod of length $4x$ is rotating about the edge $O$ of the table. (The rod does not fall off the table.) The centre of mass $G$ of the rod is distance $x$ away from $O$. The rod is making ...
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Calculation for force generated by a rotating rectangular blade

When trying to calculate the lift force generated by a simple rectangular blade, I've found the following equation: $$F = \omega^2 L^2 l\rho\sin^2\phi$$ in which $\omega$ is the angular velocity, $L$ ...
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Problem based on Rotational Motion [closed]

A spool of mass $\mathsf m$ and inner radius $\mathsf r$ and outer radius $\mathsf{2r}$, having moment of inertia $\Large\mathsf{\frac{mr^2}{2}}$ is made to roll without sliding on a rough ...
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Would a light or a heavy ball roll fastest down a slope?

A small, light ball and a larger, heavier ball are released from the top of a slope. Which will move further? which will come down faster?
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Artificial Gravity - Spinning Station Questions II

In an answer to Artificial Gravity - Spinning Station Questions Vintage wrote: A theoretical space station of radius 900 meters, doing a complete rotation every 60 seconds (in order to generate ...
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How are Euler's laws of motion applied to gyroscopes?

Euler's laws of motion for a distributed mass are: $$F = \frac{d}{dt} MV_{cm},\ N = \frac{d}{dt} L$$ $F$ are the sum of the external forces, $M$ the total mass, $V_{cm}$ the velocity of the centre ...
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Top spun up with string under tension problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework about spinning top I have a top with an unknown mass. It has a moment of inertia of 4.00 * 10^-7 kgm^2 a string is wrapped around the top and pulls it so that ...
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Finding angular acceleration from torque

We have to analyze this video Givens: An applied net torque due to the wind on the windmill is equal to 1500 N*m. Each (of the 3) propeller props weighs approximately 45 Kg and has a Moment of ...
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What is the speed of the skaters in this case? [on hold]

You're choreographing your school's annual ice show. You call for eight 60kg skaters to join hands and skate side by side in a line extending 12m. The skater at one end is to stop abruptly, so the ...
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Why moment equilibrium must be calculated around the center in this problem?

Consider this problem, which ask for the value of the two normal forces (friction is negligible). Easy, right? You calculate the moments around G, the center of mass, and equate them to 0 (the ...
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Dynamics of swinging

My husband built a 20'-high tree swing, using 3/16"-welded-link chains to suspend it approximately 2' off of the ground. To our disappointment, pumping barely gets the swing going, with little height ...
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Massless ladder against a frictionless wall [closed]

I am confused by a review problem for my physics course. I keep getting a different answer from the solution (which was given to us) and not sure what I am missing. A massless ladder has a length of ...
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Stacked motors thought experiment

first of all, I'm not a mathematician, just curious about something that came up to my mind and maybe you can help me out. Scenario: I have a motor that spins let's say at 20K revolutions per ...
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Torque on rotating rigid body and pivot point [duplicate]

Consider a rigid body performing a rotational motion around a vertical fixed axis $z$ with constant angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$. The angular momentum vector $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to $z$ (and ...
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How to find the direction of friction in rotation?

Suppose we have a spool which is plucked constantly from top with a force F. The spool is on a rough ground. We have to find the direction of friction, nd direction of motion of spool. ...
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Rotational work and forces such as static friction or ropes tension

I'm confused about the rotational work, defined as $W=\int_{\theta_1}^{\theta_2} \tau_z d \theta $ Where $\tau_z$ is the component of the torque parallel to the axis of rotation $z$. Consider a ...
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Circular motion and car tire angle [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what angle to turn the front tires of my small robotic car (about a foot in length) so that it moves in a circle (on level ground) of radius r (will be accommodating circles ...