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Gravitational Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy

When a yo-yo is released from a height $h$, the gravitational potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. However, the yo-yo obviously has less acceleration than $g$, $9.8\frac{m}{s}$. This means ...
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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Angular momentum of a sphere moving vertically downwards [closed]

If a solid sphere is moving vertically down with a velocity $v$ and spinning with an angular velocity $\omega$, what is the angular momentum of the sphere about an axis through the sphere which is at ...
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Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
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The charm of the gyroscope [closed]

I am fascinated by the gyroscope, like everyboy who was so lucky as to get such a toy as a kid. But probably also grown-ups are not immune to its charm. I am not asking for a theoretical explanation. ...
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Can I make a rod in the vertical plane move with its one end on the ground in a slanting position?

Consider a rod kept vertically on the ground. I keeps the rod in a slanting position making some angle with the horizontal. Can I now move this rod along the horizontal plane by applying a force at ...
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Rotation from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics

I apologize for the ambiguity in my title. It was rather difficult to figure out what is the most appropriate title for my questions. My questions come from chapter 4 and chapter 5 of Goldstein, ...
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Feynman Lectures: Trigonometry Error in Rotational Dynamics?

I'm reading through Vol. 1 Chaper 18, and Feynman says that in the system: (See here for a higher resolution copy - can't embed SVGs), the length of $PQ$ is equal to $r\Delta\theta$: If $OP$ is ...
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If a planetoid was wet and you spun it would the water move to the equator?

If the moon was alone in space and covered in X feet of water and it began to rotate would it displace to a bias along the equator?
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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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Push a box in a plane with friction. How to deal with the rotation?

Suppose I have a box (say, length-1m, width-1m, height-0.5m) on the plane with friction. I can apply a horizontal force in on the surface of the box. If the force doesn't pass through the center of ...
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Stability of rotation of a rectangular prism

I've noticed something curious about the rotation of a rectangular prism. If I take a box with height $\neq$ width $\neq$ depth and flip it into the air around different axes of rotation, some motions ...
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Why does a cuboid spin stably around two axes but not the third?

Let $C$ be a cuboid (rectangular parallelepiped) with edges of lengths $a < b < c$. Consider an axis that passes through the centers of two opposite faces of $C$. There are three such axes, ...
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Small sphere rolling off the top of a large sphere [closed]

A heavy sphere of radius r = 1.00 meter is fixed with respect to the ground. A small uniform solid sphere is placed at the top of the larger sphere. After a slight disturbance, the smaller sphere ...
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Rotating uniform rod

A uniform rod of mass 1.2 kg and length 1.8 m is pivoted in the horizontal position as shown (black point). The rod is at rest and then released. The acceleration due to gravity is $g = 9.8 ...
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If a ball spinning on a rod hits another ball, what is conserved linear or angular momentum?

Suppose a 1-kg ball A is fixed to a spoke 0.2 m long, which is attached to an axle so that the ball can rotate (v=10m/s, KE=50J, $\omega$=50 rps, L=2, p=0) Now, there is a second ball B (m=1kg), ...
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Gravitational force and time dilation [closed]

Suppose the radius of the earth is reduced by half but the mass is same, then how long will it take to complete one rotation, 24, 48, 12 or 6 h.? please give the mathematical relations and solution. ...
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Is there a way for an astronaut to rotate?

We know that if an imaginary astronaut is in the intergalactic (no external forces) and has an initial velocity zero, then he has is no way to change the position of his center of mass. The law of ...
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Rotating a Gaussian Beam

I need to see how the phase fronts of two gaussian beams interact when they intersect with each other. The two beams are tilted towards each other so that they intersect each other at their respective ...
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Moment of inertia of a cylinder about its base

I've tried to find the moment of inertia of a cylinder rotating about an axis parallel to its base (i.e about the 'End diameter') as one can see here . But when I checked my results with different ...
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How to simulate rotational instability?

I'm trying to simulate (for an educational game) the well-known effect that rotating objects with three nonequal moments of inertia are unstable when rotated around the middle axis. Some explanations ...
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How can the Earth keep spinning with a liquid core?

In regards to the 'conservation of angular momentum' being the explanation of why celestial objects spin... If you fill a ball or any other container with a liquid and try to spin it, you will not ...
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Why don't spinning tops fall over?

One topic which was covered in university, but which I never understood, is how a spinning top "magically" resists the force of gravity. The conservation of energy explanations make sense, but I don't ...
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What makes a wrist-energized gyroscope rotate faster?

I'm considering a wrist-energized gyroscope, shown below (after my daughter let it fall and it broke open). That one was sold as Roller Ball, but variants are known as Powerball, DynaBee, Dynaball, ...
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Relationship between torque and angular momentum

I want to know how to deduce the equation $\vec{\tau}=\vec{\omega} \times \vec{L}$, where $\vec{\tau}$ is the moment of force (also known as torque), $\vec{L}$ is the angular momentum, ...
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Why don't we talk about angular momentum at all in fluid mechanics?

People usually talk about similar (or maybe not?) things like vorticity or enstrophy in fluid mechanics, but no one talks about angular momentum, why?
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What determines whether a pool ball will bouce backwards after colliding with another pool ball?

I'm no knowledgeable pool player, but I've noticed that sometimes when the cue ball hits another pool ball, they roll together; and sometimes the cue ball bounces back. And I have a very, very rough ...
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How can a generalised force be dependent on an angle i.e. not a vector?

I'm currently working through an example question in Patrick Hamill's 'A Student's Guide to Hamiltonians and Lagrangians'. The question I'm having conceptual difficulty with is: A particle is ...
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Does a spinning part affect the moment of inertia of a composite object?

I have been going back through some Kleppner problems and have a doubt concerning problem 6.18. It states: Find the period of a pendulum consisting of a disk of mass $M$ and radius $R$ fixed to ...
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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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Collision Resolution System Adding Velocity Into System

In my 2-dimensional physics simulation, I have a rectangular rigid body 'a' with infinite mass (the floor), and a rectangular rigid body 'b' with finite mass above it turned at a slight angle. When ...
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Golf: spin direction resulting from striking out of the toe

If a golf club strikes the ball out of the centre of the club face with the club path on the target line through impact, and the face square to target, the ball will move towards the target with no ...
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Finding the minimum radius of the pivoted disc

Here is a question based on Simple Harmonic Motion that I tackled just now. However I think I am having an approach to tackle this but I am not sure about it. Ouestion: A uniform disc of radius ...
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Rotational behavior of objects in zero-g with forces [closed]

I would like to know how this object would rotate in free space out of curiosity. Below is a diagram of the object. It is of uniform density and has a center of mass in the center of the object, ...
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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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can we calculate velocity of a spinning apparatus by just analysing the frequency of sound emitted by it

I have used a new term spinning apparatus as I was unable to name it. I have tied a thread to a stone and was spinning it and I heard a sound something like that of a rotating propellor of a ...
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How do two rigid bodies with different 3rd moment of inertia rotate differently?

If rigid bodies $R_1$ and $R_2$ has exactly same total mass $M$, central of mass, and rotational inertia $I$, but different third moment of inertia $M_3$, how would they move/rotate differently? ...
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How to end up with Newtons in the calculation of the lift force

In another StackExchange Physics question, @Rego had found the following equation to calculate the lift force generated by a simple rectangular blade. $$F = \omega^2 L^2 l\rho\sin^2\phi$$ in ...
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Falling off a chair, how best to save yourself

If I consider a man sitting on an office chair that reclines backwards iff you lean backwards. What could be done to prevent hin from falling? a) raising his legs till they are parallel to ground. ...
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Why doesn't static friction decelerate a rolling body?

I know that static friction isn't the cause of deceleration of a rolling body. But if static friction is the only force in the horizontal direction, then shouldn't there be some acceleration produced ...
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Purely mechanical description of how gravity causes a gyroscope to precess

I know the vector equation that relates torque to moment of inertia and angular momentum. What I want to know is what physical mechanisms actually occur to keep the gyroscope from falling. Where is ...
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What is an intuitive explanation using forces for the equatorial bulge?

The earth is not a sphere, because it bulges at the equator. I tried fiddling with centripetal force equations and gravity, but I couldn't derive why this bulge occurs. Is there (a) a ...
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Illustrate the transition from linear to rotational kinetic energy

I wish to find an everyday situation that illustrates the following: A rod is moving in a direction perpendicular to its axis. One end "gets caught" and the rod starts rotating around this end. THE ...
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Contradiction regarding friction of a rolling cylinder in an inclined plane

I came upon this while wondering whether the friction of a rolling cylinder on an inclined plane depends on the value of friction coefficient. now, $$f\leqq\upsilon N$$ Again after calculating I ...
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rotation of earth and changes in its diameter

could calculated the changes of the Earth's diameter cause the rotation?? I have seen 2 other posts about it but I couldn't understand their calculation and they were a little confusing and couldn't ...
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Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Conceptual Questions

Let $M$ be the magnetic moment of a system. Below are the Bloch equations, including the relaxation terms. $$\frac{\partial M_x}{\partial t}=({\bf M} \times \gamma {\bf H_0})_x-\frac{M_x}{T_2} $$ ...
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A pretty dumb question on observation

Very often I have seen, that a bicyclist can balance himself better, while in motion, than he can while at rest(with his legs on the paddles of the bicycle). Now, I know that objects, say, a disc ...
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Why doesn't a bike/bicycle fall if going with a high speed?

Why does a bike/bicycle fall when its speed is very low or close to zero and is balanced when going with a high speed?
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Why does the coriolis effect dissapear at the equator?

I'm studying from the book "Classical Mechanics" by Goldstein and from a coursebook my Professor provided me. In the coursebook, it says that "the Coriolis effect disappears at the equator (Where ...