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Gimbal Lock: why is it a problem?

I was watching this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrUCBOlJdt4 about the gimbal lock problem. I understood that during rotations it could happen that one DOF disappear. Looking at the middle ...
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What is the purpose of the directions for vector quantities such as angular velocity and torque?

Looking at just both angular velocity and torque, many other exhibit this same property. What is the purpose of and usefulness of having a direction that is in the Z-direction? (assuming that, in the ...
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Understanding work with rotational momentum/moment of inertia

Apologies for the basic question but between the vectors and the spinning, I'm getting confused. If I have a wheel with moment of inertia $I$ spinning at some rate $\vec\omega$ around an axis, what ...
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Is this simulation following real physics?

I am trying to simulate a game in Box2D(Physics engine). The game that I am trying to simulate is very simple and can be found here: http://www.makaimedia.com/#/speartoss What I want to know is that, ...
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Find the acceleration of the bead [closed]

Two identical, uniform large rings, each of mass $\text{m}$ are connected through a bead of same mass, which can move freely. When bead is released, it starts sliding down. The large rings roll ...
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Disk and Ball on a smooth surface [closed]

A uniform disk of mass $\text{2m}$ and radius $\text{R}$ is placed freely on a smooth surface as shown in the figure. A particle of mass $\text{m}$ is connected to the circumference of the disc with a ...
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Could 1 force cause a pure moment?

A friend of mine told me if there is only one force, it cannot cause only rotation. I wasn't convinced so I proposed a thought experiment, and now we are both confused. Suppose that we put a rod ( ...
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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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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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What is intertia tensor for tapered cylinder (solid and with separate inside and outside radii)?

I need the inertia tensor for tapered cylinders, both solid and hollow, and if possible with independent inner and outer radii on the $x$ and $y$ axes (so the cross-sections of the cylinders can be ...
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Finding $\theta$ at any point in time [duplicate]

I am looking to simulate the movement of a steel beam which has a constant mass $m$, and that has a pivot $O$ at one end that is moving with a constant horizontal velocity with magnitude $v$. ...
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Why does Torque exist?

Specifically, why does force increase with the moment arm? What about making a perpendicular force farther away from the axis of rotation increases it? How does the moment arm cause that?
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How to explain gyroscopic precession in a more intuitional way?

When Studying the phenomenon of precession a classic example installation is this: a wheel spins around the Y axis, gravity applies and the upper part starts spinning around the Z axis. The textbook ...
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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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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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Thrust center in space

I have this dilemma: Suppose you have a space ship somewhere in deep space, where there is no drag force or substantial gravity. If the ship has a single engine situated in such a way that the center ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum for an Object Not Rotating

I have a point mass connected to a string with negligible mass. The point mass has mass $m$ and is moving at a velocity $V$. The string is of length $r$, and it is keeping the point mass tied to a ...
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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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Axis of rotation and rotating rigid body [closed]

We know that angular momentum of a solid disk rotating with angular velocity $\omega$ is given by $I\omega$ about its center. Now if I chose any axis (parallel to above), will it have same magnitude ...
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Protoplanetary disks, angular momentum and prograde orbits

So you've got a protoplanetary disk and you're going to gravitate yourself some planets together. The disk is made up of the usual planetary system stuff, dust and gas and whatnot, orbiting a common ...
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How do I find the relation between the accelerations of the ring and the disc (see image)? [closed]

What is the relation between the accelerations of the ring and the disc (see image)? Both the ring and the disc have mass $M$. The ring has a radius $R$ and disc has radius $2R$. They are connected ...
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Rigid Body Dynamics - Calculating Rotation of an Object

I've looked everywhere and I can't quite find a concise answer, especially due to my limited knowledge and understanding of terminology. I found something called Rodrigues' Rotation Formula that ...
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Newton's 2nd law for rotation (accelerated rolling and inertial frame of reference) [duplicate]

I need help in understanding why, in accelerated rolling, the center of mass must be at the origin of an inertial frame of reference in order for the second law to be applicable. Thanks!
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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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Euler's equations (rotating frames)

I'm trying to understand the Euler's equations and I'm having problems with rotating frames and on which specific frame is each quantity measured. On the equation $$ ...
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Centripetal force: if radius decreases, does ANGULAR or TANGENTIAL velocity change?

Having conceptual trouble with this aspect of centripetal force. Say we have a puck on a frictionless table attached to a string that I am holding through a small hole, so that the puck moves in a ...
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Dynamics of swinging

My husband built a 20'-high tree swing, using 3/16"-welded-link chains to suspend it approximately 2' off of the ground. To our disappointment, pumping barely gets the swing going, with little height ...
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Rotation motion like the number 8

I'm a college student majoring in culinology and I'm trying to find out the reason or method of the number 8 motion. Responses doesn't have to be in culinology examples, but that would be a great help ...
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What is the speed of the skaters in this case? [closed]

You're choreographing your school's annual ice show. You call for eight 60kg skaters to join hands and skate side by side in a line extending 12m. The skater at one end is to stop abruptly, so the ...
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How to calculate the acceleration, if the mass-center is not on the force-vector's line (2D)

In a 2D plane there is an object, whose center of mass is at the $P$ point. The mass of the object is $m$. We apply a force $\vec F$ at the point $A$. If the center of mass is on the line, defined ...
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Angular momentum of rolling sphere [closed]

A sphere of uniform density $\rho$ and radius $r$ is rolling without slipping on a perfectly flat surface. It is moving in a perfectly straight line and its axis of rotation is parallel to the plane ...
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Rolling without slipping taking the contact point as pivot

I'm confused about this "rolling without slipping" kind of situation. Or better in this case the object is rolling and slipping, just use the label "rolling without slipping" to identify the kind of ...
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Freebody diagram for an object rolling up a frictionless incline?

I am confused about the direction of the force that causes the ball to come to rest once it reaches maximum height for a ball rolling up a frictionless incline. I understand that the translational ...
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Pulley inertia momentum of inertia

Considering a pulley with some mass, or some friction, How can its inertia (or momentum of inertia) influence the tension on 1 rope? Which part of the rope is influenced? Before or after the pulley?
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Conservation of momentum (angular and translational) [closed]

A ring of radius $R$ and mass $M$ lies on its side on a frictionless table. A bug of mass $m$ rests on the ring. The bug starts walking on the ring with constant speed $v$ relative to the ring. ...
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Strength of the centrifugal force

Let's say you're on a roundabout. When you're radially further away from the roundabout would you feel more centrifugal force or less? I feel like intuitively you'd feel less, but from the actual ...
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Optimal size for a bike tire

While I was riding my bike funnily enough I wondered if there was an optimal size for a bike wheel. So I suppose that is my question, What is the optimal size for a bike wheel? If the bike accelarates ...
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Build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form

I've been told that one could build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form: $\mathcal{L} = \mathcal{L} (\vec{\Omega})$. By introducing Euler angles one could rewrite Lagrangian in ...
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Principal axis of inertia parallel to the ones passing through the center of mass

Consider a rigid body and the (at least) three axes of inertia passing through its center of mass. Will any other axis not passing through the center of mass but parallel to one of the principal axes ...
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Parallel axis theorem and Koenig theorem for angular momentum

Are the parallel axis theorem and the Koenig theorem for angular momentum linked with each other in rigid body dynamics? The parallel axis theorem states that $$I_{z}=I_{cm}+ma^2$$ Koenig theorem ...
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Rotational work and forces such as static friction or ropes tension

I'm confused about the rotational work, defined as $W=\int_{\theta_1}^{\theta_2} \tau_z d \theta $ Where $\tau_z$ is the component of the torque parallel to the axis of rotation $z$. Consider a ...
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Spinning a string with a mass on the end. What makes the mass rotate parallel to the ground? [closed]

Say you use your hand to rotate a string with a mass attached to the end. The string will first become taunt and then the mass and string will move upwards until they are spinning parallel to the ...
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Why moment equilibrium must be calculated around the center in this problem?

Consider this problem, which ask for the value of the two normal forces (friction is negligible). Easy, right? You calculate the moments around G, the center of mass, and equate them to 0 (the ...
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Derivative of angular momentum of rigid body

I found this equation that describes the change in angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of a rigid body rotating about a fixed point $O$. $I_o$ is the moment of inertia of the body with respect to the axis of ...
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Spheres collide with merry-go-round [closed]

Four spheres, with uniform densities $\rho_1, \rho_2, \rho_3, \rho_4$ and radii $r_1, r_2, r_3, r_4$, respectively, roll without slipping with constant velocities $v_1, v_2, v_3, v_4$ along tracks ...
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Angular momentum in rolling about the point of contact

A cylinder of mass 5 kg and radius 10 cm is moving on a horizontal surface with velocity of centre of mass 5 m/s towards right and angular speed 10 rad/s (clockwise) . Find the angular momentum of the ...
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Relative angular momentum?

Let there be a point $P$. A point $C$ is located at a radius vector $r$ from $P$. $C$ is the centre of mass of a rigid body. The rigid body is rotating with an angular velocity $\omega$ about an axis ...
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Rolling without slipping in absence of friction force

I'm confused about a rolling without slipping situation. Suppose to have a disk of radius $R$ on a floor, and exert a horizontal force at a certain distance $r$ from the center of mass. I would like ...