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

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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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Why does locking the rear tires on a vehicle cause it to spin?

Handbrake Turns are often used in motor-sports and stunt driving to turn around tight corners. Essentially, the driver applies the handbrake as he enters the turn, in order to "kick out" the back end ...
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How can I relate linear and angular motion using a single formula?

I want to relate linear and angular motion using a single formula. Assume I have a 10m rod, and I apply a force of 5N on it, 2.5m away from the axis of rotation for 1s. How can I determine the ...
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Compute distance travelled based on a yaw-rate

Assume that a rigid body is traveling with constant velocity $v$, and (this rigid body) is rotating with a constant yaw rate of $\dot{\theta}$. Find the distance travelled in one time step, $\Delta ...
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How do I calculate the experimental and theoretical rotational inertia of a point mass?

I'm getting some weird results from a calculation I'm doing and quite honestly, I'm pretty sure it's due to human error. I do have an apparatus involved for the experimental process for my lab but I ...
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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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Changing linear to angular velocity

Suppose a 1m rod with a hook is travelling at $v$ m/s, and the hook is caught on a hanging line. The rod will change its translational motion into rotation around the hook. Since it is not an ...
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How do bicycle spokes work?

As you know, it is quite obvious that bicycle spokes attach the hub in the center to the rim. What else do they do? If you compare the wheels today with the ones from ancient times, there are more ...
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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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Free rotation of a rigid body

So I am currently reading Fowles and Cassidy and there is something I'm confused about in the section about geometric description of free rotation of a rigid body. I will present the stuff first that ...
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Torque-direction of rotation

Taking moment about $A$, the mass of 2.0g and 0.50g is rotated in the clockwise direction is because they are both directed in downwards position? while $R2$ is acted in upward direction, so it is ...
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Can a mouse rotating a wheel violate conservation of angular momentum?

I have been thinking on the following problem. Part I. Imagine we have a mouse enclosed in a rigid box. We placed the box on a frictionless surface (ice might be a good example). Can the box start ...
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Spinning rubber ball with equatorial ridge

I have this rubber ball with something like a very slight equatorial ridge (sort of like Saturn's moon Iapetus) which I often spin around on my desk. I keep noticing that no matter the inclination of ...
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Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road [closed]

Suppose a wheel with radius $R$ is resting on a non-inclined surface. A torque $\tau$ is applied to the wheel center. In an attempt to prevent wheel from spinning, the ground applies a static friction ...
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What is the electric field generated by a spinning magnet?

Consider a cylinder of permanently magnetized material, with uniform magnetization pointing along the cylindrical symmetry axis (the $z$-direction). The magnet is rotating about its cylindrical ...
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Conceptual rolling

If you could roll a ball down a slope with friction, we would all know which direction the ball is rolling. However, say we have a frictionless slope and we roll the ball in the opposite direction and ...
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How do I incoporate gyro information in my position and velocity calculation? [closed]

The velocity in 1 direction can be calculated as : $V_t=V_0+at$ And position could be calculated as $P_t=V_0t+1/2at^2$. Besides time, acceleration, I was also given information from 3 axis ...
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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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Cylinder inside a cylinder - moment of inertia

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. I'm sorry for ...
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Advantages of a deadblow hammer?

A deadblow hammer is a type of mallet with a hollow head filled with shot or sand. When you hit with it, say on an anvil, the mallet does not rebound, but just falls flat and heavy. I don't ...
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Autocorrelation function corresponding to density of states with significant rotational motion

Most statistical physics textbooks (at least the ones I've found) state simply that the density of states of a system can be found as the temporal Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation ...
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Will increased weight slow a pendulum?

When a pendulum is swinging, if you could instantly add significant weight to the bob without altering it in any other way, will that weight increase drag and cause the pendulum to move to equilibrium ...
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Friction in Rolling Motion [duplicate]

My understanding of rolling motion: When a body rolls, at every instant, there is just one point of contact between the body and the plane and this point has no motion relative to the plane. Now ...
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If I start spinning a raw egg slowly why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously?

If I start spinning a raw egg very slowly in place, why does its angular velocity increase spontaneously? This is something I noticed the other day while cooking. It doesn't do the same thing with a ...
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Converting Pendulum into Electricity? [closed]

I've been thinking about this, I want to use this as my science project. The two viable solutions I've thought of so far are magnet or rotary based. Pendulum clocks could be powered once a day and ...
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Will an object rotate when we apply a force to it?

What would happen if the axis of rotation passes through the centre of mass of an object? Will the object rotate when we will apply a force to the object? Edit: The object is free, is not fixed to an ...
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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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Force applied off center on an object

Assume there is a rigid body in deep space with mass $m$ and moment of inertia $I$. A force that varies with time, $F(t)$, is applied to the body off-center at a distance $r$ from its center of mass. ...
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Does a rotating disk develop a potential difference between the centre and rim?

This stems from thinking about the question If a perfect conductor where to move what happens to the electrons?. Suppose we have a rotating disk with no external magnetic field, so this is not a ...
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How to calculate friction on a spinning ball on the ground?

If there is a ball on the ground initially at rest, Assume that the plane xoy(cartesian) is the ground and that Z is the normal of the ground. If I spin the ball so that $\omega_x=\omega_y=0$ and ...
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Does it take more energy to open a door when applying force close to the hinge?

Assuming an ordinary hinged door (without any springs), would it take more energy to open it when applying force in the middle of the door (point b), rather than at the end of the door (point a), ...
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On application of angular momentum conservation laws

Consider a situation like this: a massless ring is kept fixed at rest on a horizontal plane. A massless thin string attached at its one end to a point on the circumference of the ring while its other ...
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calculate the tile of rotation axis of a rolling ball

I want to solve the problem of friction effect on rotation axis of a rolling ball on collision with another ball. I've read Tennis racket theorem in this wikipedia article and thought it might ...
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Is it possible to produce gravitational waves artificially?

Why don't they make a ball with irregularities, say the size of a tennis ball, then spin it very rapidly, so it would produce gravitational waves like a spinning star with irregularities on it? Is ...
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Torque (in $Nm$) of a cyclist

We're discussing bicycles with a friend, and it came to safety, speed and power. Now the question we have is: how much torque do my legs provide to the bicycle? I'm no expert in physics sadly, and ...
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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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Why does the ball lose contact if it has velocity great or less than $\sqrt{rg}$, while moving over a smooth sphere of radius $r$?

Let a ball of mass $m$ is given a velocity over the the top of a smooth sphere of radius $r$. The equation of motion at the topmost point will be $$mg - N = m\dfrac{v^2}{r}.$$ As $v$ increases, $N$ ...
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If the velocity of an object, rotating on a vertical circle, at the topmost point is zero, how can it loop the whole circle?

Normally, if a body is attached to a string & is rotated in a vertical circle, then to loop the whole circle, the rope must not slack at the topmost point & there should be a velocity for ...
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How 'rare' is no-slipping?

I have come across a lot of questions that say something like: A ball rolls down a hill without slipping... But I have done the maths and found that a ball would only 'not slip' if the friction ...
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Is work done in rolling friction?

I am confused by rolling friction. Suppose you have a cylinder rolling which starts at rest at the top of an incline plane and begins to roll down the plane without slipping. Is work done by the ...
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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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Why does the water bottle not rotate when it is half full?

Consider this water bottle: When it is full and thrown up in the air, it rotates at a constant velocity. When it is less than 1/8th full, the water bottle rotates even faster than when it was ...
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Spinning Ball in Frictionless Tube

If we have a ball in a frictionless tube, and we begin to spin the tube about one end, the ball will exit the tube, correct? Indeed, there must be some centripetal acceleration, but then what force is ...
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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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How does the kinetic energy of a ballerina increase? [duplicate]

When a ballerina pulls her arms in, her rotational kinetic energy increases because angular momentum is conserved. That means that work must have been done on her. I saw somewhere that there is work ...
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Calculating the Precession

This is the Anti gravity wheel video from Veritassium. I have a similar problem to calculate the forces on arm. How can I calculate the precession force pushing the arm vertically ? Lets assume ...
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In which direction does mud fly off a moving bike's tire & why?

If a bike moves through a muddy area, mud gets on its tires. Then the mud flies off from the tires. Which forces are acting on it? In which direction does it fly off? On my physics test, I wrote ...
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Can you explain in mathematical term of how the moon makes the earth spin stable?

I heard that our moon keeps the earth's rotation at the same angle. This is, as the Science Channel explained, is essential for regular seasons on earth. I am not interesting in the fact why it is ...
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Does holding weights allow you to run faster?

I'm not talking about training with weights so that when you run without them your muscles are used to pushing more weight so with less weight it'll be easier, I'm talking about while actually holding ...