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

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Physical meaning of the angular momentum

Still reading Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, I'm struggling on a very basic notion: angular momentum. I physically understand it as the momentum of an object rotating around something given a ...
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What is the origin of spin of celestial objects?

In an older question from June 2011, Why does each celestial object spin on its own axis?, apparently revived by the system, a user is asking about the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies. The ...
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Friction and work from torque

I would like to understand where is the error in the third case, for that I gave 2 easier cases where I'm able to find the energy from heating is equal to the energy lost by torque. Case 1/ Purple ...
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Does non-rotating object have rotational inertia if it is attach to rotating object by a spring

My question relating to the Rotational Inertia as a whole system. As I learn that the Rotational Inertia is defined for a rotating object to an fixed axis but I got problem in the case a rotating ...
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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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The direction of frictional force in smooth rolling motion

I want to ask about the direction of frictional force in smooth rolling motion which means the rolling object doesn't slide on the surface. Here is the first case, the wheel rolls to the right so the ...
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Ideal Rolling Motion on Surface with Friction

I have a question concerning ideal rolling motion on a surface containing friction. By ideal rolling motion, I mean the tangental velocity of the rolling object is the same as the velocity of the ...
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Acceleration of Center of Mass in Rotational Motion

I have a question regarding the acceleration of the center mass during rotational motion. From my understanding, Fnet = m*a(center of mass). Also, Torque = angular acceleration * moment of inertia. ...
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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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Can rotational motion can be reduced to translational motion?

Susskind says that all physics (dynamics of the world) can be described in terms of particle positions and their first order derivatives. Does such translational motion gives rise to rotation?
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$y$-component of center of a cube that rolls without slipping [closed]

For the figure above, let $O$ be the origin point for $x,y$-axis, and $+x$ goes to the horizontal right direction while $+y$ direction goes to the up direction. The figure has one circle and one ...
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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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I need help figuring out what is wrong in this aspiring perpetuum mobile

Credits: My question is motivated from a question from another user (One disk/ring in double rotation and sum of energy), I just reformulated what I think he tried to ask into, what seem to me, ...
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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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A particle attached to a string rotating around a cylinder seems to increase in energy. Does it? [closed]

When a particle attached to a string rotates around a cylinder of finite radius, a point on the curved surface of the cylinder to which the other end of the string is attached, the particle spirals ...
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How to determine radius of curvature of cycloid using centripetal acceleration?

Whenever it comes to radius of curvature of complex curves like cycloid, we all take the help of calculus. But I am still in high school and not that competent with calculus, so please do not answer ...
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The sound of rotating helicopter blades

Why do helicopter blades make this pulsing, oscilating, slapping(?) sound? Since their movement is smooth, shouldn't the sound be a similar, constant shush, perhaps increasing or decreasing in ...
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What is the cause of planetary rotation. Not orbital rotation [closed]

I am a senior in high school, sixteen years old. I think differently than most in my class. Recently, I have been thinking about alternative causes for the rotation of our planets. My current thought ...
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Area moment motivation

I have some intuition about the (second) moment of inertia, and there is some motivation to define this concept if we think about the $KE$ of a rotating body or the torque $\tau$ applied, for example, ...
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Is this expression for the kinetic energy of a spinning disk revolving about a second axis correct?

My question is motivated from a question from another user. You can see the configuration of the rotating system here: One disk/ring in double rotation and sum of energy. I am not interested in all ...
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A question about a body moving in horizontal circular motion

I have some related questions about a body moving in uniform horizontal circular motion: The body moves with a constant angular velocity on a rough horizontal surface. It is attached to a string that ...
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Increase in kinetic energy as some one walks to the centre of a merry-go-round?

When someone walks to the directly centre of a merry-go-round the total kinetic energy of the merry-go-round and person system increases. (assuming the kinetic energy due to the person walking to the ...
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Rotational Inertia of Two rods [closed]

In the figure, two particles, each with mass $ = 0.82 \text { kg}$ are fastened to each other, and to a rotation axis at $O$, by two thin rods, each with length $d = 5.3 \text { cm}$ and mass $M = 1.0 ...
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Sum of energy from torques of several disks in double rotation [closed]

Here the study: An external system (not drawn) give energy for rotate disks around themselves and around green axis. All disks have energy at start, at $t=0$ friction is ON and at $t=0$ external ...
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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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Space elevator: a Earth rotation brake model

I read this article regarding the space elevator. A very long carbon nanotubes string, running from the Earth surface into the vacuum of the space. Tension and friction, an enormous quantity of ...
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what make the bottom portion of a wheel in rolling motion move?

As I just learn about the rolling motion which is the combination of pure translation and pure rotation. The top portion of the rolling body has the speed of double speed at the center of the object ...
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Does a tire need to slip to generate force?

Recently, I have been doing some research on racing and tire modelling. While I was doing this, I encountered many curves like those shown below. While I understand the need of slip angles to ...
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Sum of energy for 2 solids in rotation

I would like to compute the sum of energy of the following case: Two solids are turning (disks). Yellow solid is turning at $w_1$ radians per second around its center of gravity and blue solid is ...
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Why does the Earth rotate on its axis?

I know that the earth moves around the sun because of the gravity force, because the spacetime around the sun is curved. But why does the earth rotate on its axis, and which parameters can affect ...
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Can a Storm make the day longer/shorter?

I've read that changes in jet streams can affect the speed that the Earth rotates on its axis, thus making the day longer or shorter?
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Angular momentum in rotational motion

Ok so there are two things that have completely confused me- things related to angular momentum. 1.)First of all, how can a body possess angular momentum even though it is not rotating? According to ...
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Rolling of a disk and sphere

I am confused regarding the fact that when a disk is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping and similarly a solid sphere is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping then the sphere has ...
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A hypothetical question on mechanics

Being located in a tropical region, I am quite acquainted with the Ceiling fan. I have a question about it. If the top, that is, the axle (I'm not sure of the terminology: I mean the part which is ...
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Changing Rotation Direction in Mid Air

Not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this site, but could anyone explain the physics behind how this skier is able to change his direction of rotation mid-air? https://www.youtube.com/...
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Can a rigid body have three independent rotations, about three different, mutually perpendicular axes?

It appears that this is kinematically possible, but it looks quite unprobable. For example, it is quite improbable for a sphere to have rotation about three mutually perpendicular axes (supposedly ...
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How to convert translational energy to rotational energy [closed]

Suppose that I have a body moving at certain velocity in straight line. So it has translational energy. I want to convert this energy to rotational energy of another body, by making the velocity of ...
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Cylinder falling down the edge of a table [closed]

Suppose, a cylinder is placed on its lateral side at the edge of a table, carefully, so that the slightest push makes it fall from the table. We give it a gentle push. And it begins to fall. How is ...
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Distinction between torque and force

Distinction between Torque and Force. Consider a case when a cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane. While analysing its motion, we consider the force applied by the friction and the ...
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Does General Relativity correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth?

Does General Relativity theory correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth? It seems it does not because the Thirring expression¹ for the force of a spherical shell—of mass $M$, radius $R$, ...
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In 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional universes, stellar systems and galaxies are flat and disky. But what about in 4-dimensional universes?

I just watched that interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmNXKqeUtJM In 2 dimensions a cloud of particles rotating in a plane is flat by definition since it's in 2 dimensions. ...
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Maximum friction force for a wheel to be able to roll

The wheel with mass $M$ and radius $R$ below is free in space (it is not on the ground). A torque $\tau$ is applied to it through an engine. A horizontal force $F = \frac{\tau}{R}$ is also applied to ...
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How does ground interact with a box rotating around its corner?

I have some questions about how forces $F$, friction force $F_{friction}$, and normal $N$ interact in order to the box below to turn (clockwise) about the red corner, without sliding. The force $F$ is ...
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Is a motor HP torque directly proportional to the increasing HP among identical motors?

Say you have three motors: Motor 1 = .10 HP with x torque, performing task A Motor 2 = 1 HP with y torque, performing task A Motor 3 = 10 HP with z torque, performing task A If the motors are the ...
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Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? [closed]

Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? Every time I write it down on paper I get the result $r\phi = R \theta$. I am not sure if I ...
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How to calculate angle of inclination attained by a weigh balance on unequal loading?

Actually I need to rotate the beam (pivoted at centre) with constant angular velocity using the priciple of mass imbalance. Could anyone suggest what would be rate of decrease of mass in one pan (...
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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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What happens inside a body when it rotates?

I'm studying rigid body dynamics lately. I came across the definition of torque, and though I've found a lot of explanations as to why there is an r there (the moment), all of them are mathematical (...