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

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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 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 ...
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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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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} ...
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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 ...
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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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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 ...