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

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What happens when one uses a blender in zero gravity?

I was recently told by a friend that using a blender type apparatus in a zero gravity environment will act like a centrifuge instead mixing properly. Is this the case? Furthermore, can anyone provide ...
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Precession on a heavy rod: Angular momentum and torque contradiction

Say I got a so massive rod and a relatively light spinning flywheel. Fixing an end on a pivot, and the disk on the other endpoint, as expected, the rod would undergo precession. If we call the plane ...
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Trying to understand the physical intuition on finding/deriving effective rotation radii of a rigid body

This question is inspired from the answer of this If the rolling is assumed to be without slipping, we can solve the problem by conservation of energy: $$ mg \Delta h = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 + ...
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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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Is this equation for the rotational weight of a half disk correct? [closed]

I need to know what rotational force the weight of this disk applies to the axle. I'm not sure what the units are, whether it's torque or something else I'm looking for. The weight of the disk is ...
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How can a particle in circular motion be in translational motion?

I came across this: If a particle is moving in a circle it is in pure rotational motion about the centre of the circle, while for a moment it may be in pure translational motion about some other ...
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Calculating torque required to keep an object rotating

I am hoping someone can help me clear up my understanding on rotational dynamics. In particular, how to determine the torque required to keep an object rotating. My understanding (please tell me if ...
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Four bar linkage moment transmission

The question is. I know the angular velocity of $d$ after applying dynamic mechanics and the constant angular velocity of $b$ of $2\pi\ \text{rad/s}$ and I know the input moment of the power source ...
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Is moment of inertia numerically additive?

NOTE: The following argument is being made for square only, not any general shape. We have this square plate: From Perpendicular Axis theorem, $$I_1 + I_2 = I_z \\ I_3 + I_4 = I_z$$ Also, ...
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Can a wheeled vehicle remain stationary on a water surface?

There are many field examples[1] of motorized, wheeled vehicles capable of staying on the surface of water. It appears that the requirement is sufficient "reverse-pressure" against the part of the ...
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Where to hit the pool ball such that it satisfies the given condition? [closed]

The question Where to hit the ball in such a way that after covering a certain distance it rolls back? You are given a pool ball and you have to find where to hit it such that it rolls back after ...
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0G(No motion) scenario detection using Accelerometer and Gyroscope [closed]

I have a gyroscope and accelerometer which I am placing on the wheel of a bicycle to detect the 0G or standstill (when the bicycle exactly reaches to rest) of the wheel. I put the sensor at a R/2 ...
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Doubt in a question about a body rolling up a ramp [closed]

I encountered a question in this year's paper of an exam, and I am in confusion. The question says: A body with mass $m$ and radius $R$ and rolling without slipping with speed $V$, moves up a ...
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Modelling Rotational Motion using Linear Accelerometer [closed]

I am using a 3 axis linear accelerometer on the wheel of a car at position $R/2$ (Where $R$ is the radius). Now i am modelling the equation which i will be getting at the output of the accelerometer. ...
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What is the difference when we measure torque/angular momentum about a point and about an axis?

When do we measure torque about an axis and when do we measure torque about a point?Whats the difference? I tried searching this on google but did not get satisfactory answer.
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Angular Momentum

I have several questions about angular momentum. 1.I know there are 2 parts of angular momentum - translational and rotational. For a body with respect to a fixed point, translational angular ...
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A bead is threaded on a frictionless vertical wire loop of radius R

The question is the very last sentence at the end of this post. In this post, I'll demonstrate how I reach to a contradiction(the conditions mentioned in conjecture 1 should be satisfied by all ...
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What does hinge reaction mean ? How do i calculate it? [closed]

I recently came across a lot of problems where components of Hinge Reaction were asked along different axis . My questions are : A) What does hinge reaction mean ? B) Does it change ...
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When does an object rotates and translate at the same time?

I have a ruler on the table. If I push it with my finger on its end, it will rotate. but if I push it hard enough, it will rotate and slide slightly. Which force cause this sliding motion? and how ...
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Uranus, the Physical model to change it's rotation axle

Uranus rotates pretty wierd, it's 90-degrees tilted; Why is Uranus's axis of rotation tilted? The best answer for this is; that at a distant point in its past, Uranus was struck by a very ...
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integrating small angular velocities

I know that for a constant angular velocity the following is true: $R=e^{W t} R_0$ where $W$ is an angular velocity tensor, $t$ is a time, and $R$ is a rotation matrix I believe the following is ...
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Proof formulas of tangential forces [closed]

Only a tangential force F is applied to a particle. A and B are two constants that are determined by the initial conditions. show:
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Contradiction in a simple torque/rotation problem - two ways of calculating external force don't agree

Suppose we have a rigid system of two point objects (both of unit mass) connected with a massless rod, with the objects horizontal on the x axis, at a distance $r_1$ and $r_2$ from the origin, ...
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Solving for position of a SO(3) rotating object, given the integrable functions for components of angular velocity along the principle axes

Assuming that you have approximated or solved the Euler's Equations for components of angular velocity along its principal axes of inertia $x$, $y$ and $z$ - i.e. in the coordinate system that is ...
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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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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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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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How far does a ball thrown over a surface with friction slide until it starts rotating? [closed]

A bowling ball is thrown horizontally with initial velocity $v$ and no initial rotation over a surface with static coefficient of friction $\mu$. Determine the distance the ball travels ($d$) until ...
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Angular acceleration as a function of torque

I know that the angular momentum $\mathbf{L}_{cm}$ with respect to the centre of mass of a rigid body can be expressed as $I\boldsymbol{\omega}$ where $I$ is the inertia matrix and ...
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How do we “cancel out” the torque from running?

Running certainly causes a torque on our body, as we are propelled forward via our feet; why doesn't this torque cause our bodies to spin about their center of mass?
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Rotational motion of a cylinder [closed]

I was solving a problem related to rotation, and cannot get to the exact answer. The question is as follows: A cylinder of mass $m$ rests on a carriage as shown. Calculate the maximum acceleration ...
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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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Torque due to non-uniform force [closed]

Suppose a non-uniform force, varying along with the distance, is acting normally on the surface of a rod hinged at the mid point. The force varies along the length of the rod, i.e as we go down along ...
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How to calculate angular momentum in this scenario? [closed]

The answer to part a) is 1080. However, for part b) I don't understand why the equation wouldn't simply be $I_i\omega_i = I_f\omega_f$. Why do we have to subtract $m_bv cos \phi$ from ...
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How do you define the total rotational energy of an object?

This problem arose when I was applying a conservation of energy argument to a mechanics problem, (a spinning coin on a table) and wasn't sure how to define the total rotational energy of the coin. At ...
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Degeneracy of Rotational Energy Levels of a Diatomic Molecule

To derive the energy levels of a diatomic molecule (with the z axis the axis of symmetry of the molecule), we write the Hamiltonian as ...
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Rotational Spectrum of a Diatomic Molecule

The rotational energy levels of a diatomic molecule are given by $$E_l=\frac{\hbar^2}{2I}l(l+1)$$ where $l$ is an integer. If the molecule is a dipole it can emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation ...
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Rolling in V shaped groove [closed]

In this set up I've been asked to work out the linear acceleration down the slope. It's said to be instantaneously rolling around the axis AB $Ma=Mg\sin(\theta)-2F$ where $F$ is the frictional ...
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Consideration of centrifugal force during descent

If we imagine an object falling from a height h above the surface of the earth. We can go into a rotating frame and therefore introduce Coriolis and centrifugal forces. Using the Coriolis force the ...
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Name for the transformation into an accelerated frame?

A transformation into a frame that looks at an experiment from a rotated perspective is called a rotation. A transformation into a frame that moves with a different constant velocity is called a ...
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What is the physics in a balero toy? [closed]

A balero is a wooden ball tied with a string to a rod. The string ties to the ball at one end (say North pole), and there is a hole drilled in the ball at the other end (South pole). The hole is the ...
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Gears in contact?

I was doing a practice exam paper question that was along the following lines: A gear, $A$,and moment of inertia $I_A$ is spinning about its axis at angular velocity $\omega$. Another gear $B$ ...
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Torsion Spring Moment Calculation

I'm trying to extend the idea of a translational spring to a rotational spring. Consider a spring that acts on all displacements of a body: $$ \mathbf{F} = \begin{bmatrix} F_x \\ F_y \\ F_z ...
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Moment of Inertia: uniform rigid rod on smooth plane [closed]

Consider a rod of length $b$ and mass $m$ on a smooth horizontal plane. A force is applied to one end of the rod. What is the acceleration $a$ and angular acceleration $\alpha$ of the other end of ...
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Why is it harder to flip my cell phone about one axis than the other two? [duplicate]

There are three ways (three differenent axis about which) I can flip my cell phone - over the front (like a frontflip), about the center (like a disc of pizza dough being spun by a baker), and over ...
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Acceleration of ball rolling down incline

Suppose you have some object (which can roll like a ball,cylinder,wheel,etc) rolling down an incline without slipping (moment of intertia $I=kmr^2$. I want to find the accleration of the ball as it ...
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Is the distance involved in calculating angular momentum to an axis or a point?

I'm a high school student.I still don't really understand angular momentum and moment of inertia. I know the moment of inertia of a point mass is defined as $mr^2$. For any other shape, we integrate ...
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How to solve this rotational mechanics problem? [duplicate]

I was doing this problem for self study in rotational dynamics: Two discs are mounted on thin, lightweight rods oriented through their centers and normal to the discs. These axles are constrained ...
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Coupled wheel and rod (analytical mechanics) [closed]

I am struggling with formulating the equations of motion. Consider a coordinate system with origin in $O$ ($y$ upwards and $x$ to the right), label the center of mass of rod $AB$ with $G$ then: ...
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Most general gyroscope motion [duplicate]

In Kleppner & Kolenkow's Introduction to Mechanics (Amazon link), the general gyroscope motion including nutation was derived using the approximation condition $\Omega T \ll 1$ where $\Omega$ is ...