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

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Why does a ball eventually stop?

I was wondering, if the force of friction with the ground does not make any work on the ball and just give it the necessary torque to rotate (hence the consideration of static friction coefficient in ...
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Mechanics of a falling cat [duplicate]

It is a general statement that cats tend to fall on their feet. How far is this is a valid statement? If I were to drop a cat from 50 meters height, feet up(hypothetically), would it still land on ...
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What is Moment of Inertia of a cube about an axis passing through its centre and perpendicular to one of its faces?

Give a solid cube of uniform mass distribution and total mass $M$. I want Moment of Inertia of this cube about an axis passing through its centre and perpendicular to one of its faces where a is the ...
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Velocity of a body in a pulley problem involving a spring fixed to the ground

So the picture shows the whole situation. My question is, how do you find the velocity of the object after it had descended 10 cm (0.1 m) ? Pulley's radius 0.2 m, moment of inertia 0.2 kg/m I have ...
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Pendulum motion equation issue

The differential equation that gives the equation of motion of a pendulum where: $m$ is the mass $L$ is the distance between the pivot and the body's centre of mass $g$ is the acceleration due to ...
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Impulse and momentum on a system of three particles (equilateral triangle)

I found this exercise on a textbook which provided solely the description of what is happening and the answers with little explanation. The solution being provided, I am mostly interested in ...
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Parallel axis theorem proof?

First, I thought theorems do not have proofs. Anyway, for parallel axis theorem, I was given that the addition of translational kinetic energy and rotational kinetic energy proves the parallel axis ...
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An impulse is given to a sphere out of the center?

I'm wondering what will happen if there is an impulse $J$ given to a sphere mass $M$ out of its center? I'm sure that it will rotate about the center, but what is its translational motion? It will ...
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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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How do I handle elastic contacts in a simulation with friction [closed]

I'm trying to simulate a wheel as it hits the ground. Problem 1 Suppose a disc is dropped from a height. It has initial velocity of $-x,-y$ caused by throwing and gravity. It has no initial angular ...
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Is a rotor balanced at constant angular velocity?

I have an asymmetrical rotating part. It vibrates its housing and emits audible noise. I need to add weights to ensure smooth rotation. However, I am constrained in which regions I can add material....
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Angular momentum changes depending on orign

Consider the image below where we have two point masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ with different masses which are rotating around a fixed axis with angular velocity $\omega$. If the origin is placed on the axis ...
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Why centrifugal force results in a circularly rotating motion for a stationary object in the non-rotating frame

My doubt is the following: in a rotating frame of reference you have the centrifugal pseudo force. When you analyze and object in circular motion (due to a rope) in the rotating frame of reference, ...
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How far does the ball travel before pure rolling motion occurs? [closed]

A bowling ball is given an initial speed $V_o = 10 \text{m/s}$ on an alley such that it initially slides without rolling. The coefficient of friction between the ball and the alley is $\mu = 0.06$. ...
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How fast will a ball travel if spun around with a string then released? [closed]

It may seem like a stupid question, but I was wondering: If a ball with a mass of 50 kg was rotated from a string with a radius of 10m and a velocity of 100 m/s how fast will it be travelling when ...
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How does a cyclist moves the center of mass of the cycle-cyclist system?

Consider the image shown below, In the left diagram the centre of mass of the system lies upon the perpendicular from the point of contact. But in the right diagram the centre of mass has shifted ...
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If, for a body rolling on an incline, the friction coefficient isn't enough to allow pure rolling will it still roll?

More specifically that it won't be pure rolling (obviously) but would it still have some rotational motion along with its translational motion? (if yes how would we write their mechanical equations). ...
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Mercury's rotation, Disturbation's caused by thermodynamics

Mercury rotates sychronized like two-stroke machine. As it's solar day is 2 mercurian years.(Orbital periods) Or should we say 3:2-stroke machine, as it's Orbital period is 87.969 Earthdays, and it's ...
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3D Dynamics: determining the moments of inertia on a plate with a couple

My Mechanical textbook (Bedford & Fowler 4th Edition) has a worked out example for determining a couple using euler's equations. This is not a homework question (at least I don't think it is?), ...
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How to conserve angular momentum?

If i want to conserve angular momentum from the point of contact of the solid sphere and the ground how should I do it? I know we can use $mvh = I\omega + MvR$ ,if the collision is elastic. But in ...
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Can you explain the dynamic of forces working in the video?

Lifting Against Gravity - Breaking Magic - Discovery Channel In this video, a woman uses Physics, so that it is difficult to lift her off the ground. The explanation that the video gives at the end ...
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Time period of bar pendulum

Why does the time period of a bar pendulum first decrease and then increase when the distance of the axis of rotation from the centre of gravity increases?
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Circular motion, projectile motion

Why does a body thrown upward with certain velocity, at some angle from vertical, travel on a parabolic path but not a circular path? Since there is always a component of weight along the center, it ...
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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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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 A ...
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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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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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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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One force applied to one point of a rigid body: centre of mass and torque [duplicate]

Let us suppose that one force is applied to a point of a rigid body that is not acted upon by any other force. I think an example can approximatively be a rock in deep space, far from any relevant ...
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Would a black hole's rotational axis precess in orbit around the sun?

The earth rotates, and its axis of rotation precesses due to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon and other planets upon the mass of the earth. If an earth-sized, rotating black hole was in ...
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Determine the value of $g$ with rolling ball

At first, I thought the value of $g$ ($9.8m/s^2$) could be determined simply by placing a ball at the top of a ramp at a known height. The ball was released with no initial velocity, and the final ...
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Rotation matrix in yo-yo problem?

I need to solve the yo-yo problem not in the normal sense. Instead, I need to include the position vector $r$ and rotation matrix $R$. Assume the yo-yo is rotating in the plane. In the problem yo-yo ...
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How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$ of a body of revolution

Suppose that $\Omega$ is a body of revolution of the function $y=f(x), a\le x \le b$ around the $x$-axis, where $f(x)>0$ is continuous. How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$? ...
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Why to use radius of gyration? [closed]

I know the definition of radius of gyration. But don't know why does it mean? What are the importances of it? Is it similiar to centre of mass?
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Thought Experiment: spinning ping-pong ball on International Space Station. What would Happen?

A ping-pong ball with a certain vector and rotation/spin in zero G, 1 atmosphere. If you did this experiment in a space station would the ball 'orbit in a circular fashion. or "Can you throw a ...
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Rotational KE in double pendulum

Why the Rotational Kinetic Energy term for the point mass of Kinetic Energy for double pendulum is not included in Lagrangian equation? \begin{align} T&=\frac{m_1+m_2}2\ell_1^2\dot\theta_1^2+\frac{...
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Cause of rolling friction

Can you explain the cause of rolling friction? Can you tell me why, while driving a bicycle, there is less rolling friction when its tyres are fully inflated?
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When conserving angular momentum, about which point(s) should it be calculated?

In my physics problem I have a ball fired at a non fixed bar, which is moving at some velocity, causing them both to stick together and the bar-ball pair to rotate about the new center of mass. About ...
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Can moment of inertia be defined as function of mass?

For continuous bodies, moment of inertia is found as $$ \int dI = \int_{m_i}^{m_f} r^2(m) .dm$$ . Now, $$\int dx = \int_{u_i}^{u_f} f(u).du \implies X_f(u) = \int_{u_i} ^{u_f} f(u) .du + X_i(u)$$ , ...
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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 (dm)gsin(...
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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 ...