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Ball Rolling Down An Inclined Plane - Where does the torque come from?

There is a ball rolling down an incline, with no slipping. If we consider the point of contact between the ball and the inclined plane to be the pivot point (for our torque calculations), then I have ...
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Since Earth spins, would an aircraft travelling opposite to direction of Earth spin take less time? [duplicate]

Suppose we want to reach the point on earth which in relative terms is exactly on the opposite end of the sphere we call earth (I know it is not an exact sphere). We either dig vertically downwards, ...
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Gears in contact?

I was doing a practice exam paper question that was along the following lines: A gear, $A$,and moment of inertia $I_A$ is spinning about its axis at angular velocity $\omega$. Another gear $B$ ...
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What should we do If we wanted to increase the angular velocity of a planet? [duplicate]

We could hit it with really fast objects, but could we manipulate the orbit of a large satellite to speed up its rotation? What would be the easiest way?
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Conservation of Angular Momentum, as related to a flywheel

Trying to work out some pesky flywheel dynamics for a project I'm working on, would love some for your assistance to better understand the underlying concepts. For a given flywheel (thin-walled ...
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Ball rolling on half-pipe

It is well-known that a ball rolling down a half-pipe where the side it starts on has enough friction for the ball to roll without slipping and on the side other to be frictionless, that the ball will ...
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When I change the rpm of a turntable, how long does the turntable to get to the new rpm?

If the turntable was rotating at 16 rpm and I switched it to 30 rpm, is the change in speed pretty much instantaneous, or is their a period of acceleration? When I did it, the change appeared to be ...
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Why is moment of inertia dependent on $r^2$ and not on $r$ ? (physical reason)

Moment of inertia is the mass equivalent in rotational dynamics. I know , by mathematical arguments, moment of inertia of a particle is $$ I = \text{mass} \cdot r^2$$ . But what is the physical ...
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Angular velocity and instantaneous rotation axis

Let's suppose that we have a cylinder of moment of inertia $I$ rolling on the floor without sliding, moving with linear velocity $v$ and rotating around an axis passing through the center of mass with ...
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A Textbook Problem From Rigid Body Dynamics(Cengage Bm Sharma) [closed]

I was going through my textbook examples on rigid body motion. In this problem i can understand the derivation of equations 1,2 and 3,but can someone explain me the 4th equation?Please!!1
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Rotational Equilibrium Problem [closed]

The question is as follows: One end of a uniform 4.0-m rod, whose weight is w, is supported by a cable that makes an angle of 37° with the horizontal. The other end of the bar rests against a wall ...
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Would a light or a heavy ball roll fastest down a slope?

A small, light ball and a larger, heavier ball are released from the top of a slope. Which will move further? which will come down faster?
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Aircraft Level Flight Trajectory

An aircraft climbs to 15000 feet and enters 'level flight' phase. My basic knowledge of physics says that forces on the aircraft at this time are balanced - as seen in this diagram. Would an ...
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Calculate angular velocities and alpha values?

A lightweight bar, stiff stick of length L, at either end are two small spheres of mass $m_{1} = m_{2} = m$. Bar may turn in vertical horizontal axis passing through point O on the way its a bar ...
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Maximum acceleration for a vehicle [closed]

I'm in engineering school and we have a project: we have to build a amphibioues vehicle; I'm looking for a formula. Our vehicle has to go as far as possible with its unique source of energy, a ...
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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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How is Angular Momentum Conserved when Mass is Released?

I am not a physicist (math/comp-sci) but I understand that Angular Momentum is supposed to be conserved. I find this confusing because there seems to be many simple, common cases where a restrained, ...
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How to determinate the minimum period of oscillation for a physical pendulum? [closed]

A physical pendulum consists of a thin homogeneous rod of length $l$, suspended by a point $O$ at a distance $x$ from the center of gravity ($x<\frac{l}{2}$), oscillating in a vertical plane. ...
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Finding the angular velocity of a rod hit at a distance from its pivot [closed]

A 1m long, 2kg stick is nailed to the wall with a single nail, allowing it to pivot and freely rotate at the end. A 1kg ball, with speed 3m/s makes contact with the stick at some distance x (unknown) ...
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If I bend a rod, will its moment of inertia change?

In the first picture, there is a homogeneous metal rod of length $2L$ and mass $M$. If it rotates around a normal axis passing by $O$ (which is the center of gravity), then its moment of inertia is: ...
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Can net torque $\sum_i\mathbf r_i\times\mathbf F_i$ be expessed as $\mathbf r\times$ (net force) for some $\mathbf r$?

Let $\mathbf F_i$ be forces each of which is applied on $\mathbf r_i$ of a rigid body. Then is there a position vector $\mathbf r$ that satisfies $$\displaystyle\sum_i\mathbf r_i\times\mathbf ...
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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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Transfer between translative KE and rotational KE in a rigid body

I have been inspired by some sci-fi cannons that seem to operate by initially spinning up a projectile inside the cannon, and then suddenly firing the projectile out at high speed. Now, I am wondering ...
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How much energy would it take to stop Earth's rotation on its axis?

I see a lot of questions regarding situations what would happen if the world would stop spinning. This got me to wondering how much energy it would actually take to stop the world from spinning.
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During a turn, do the rear wheels necessarily trace out the same arcs as the front wheels?

When a vehicle makes a turn, the two front wheels trace out two arcs as shown in the figure below. The wheel facing towards the inside of the turn has a steering angle that is greater than that of the ...
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A problem about harmonic oscillators

A ball with mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without sliding inside a cylinder with radius $R (R>>r)$, with $\theta <<1$. Find the angular frequency $\omega$ What I Know: There are ...
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How to calculate the energy required to rotate a planet?

How to calculate the energy required to rotate a planet from non-rotating state? Say the planet is Venus with equally distributed mass of $4.8676 \times 10^{24}$ kg, and desired rate of 1 rotation per ...
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Balancing a pencil

I came across this equation for balancing a pencil while solving some problems: $$ml\ddot { \theta } =mg\theta $$ Where $l=$the length of the pencil, and $\theta$ is the angle it makes with vertical. ...
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Torsion Spring Moment Calculation

I'm trying to extend the idea of a translational spring to a rotational spring. Consider a spring that acts on all displacements of a body: $$ \mathbf{F} = \begin{bmatrix} F_x \\ F_y \\ F_z ...
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How does the Earth rotate, given that the torque acting on it while revolving is zero?

I've come to understand that the torque acting on the Earth while revolving the Earth is zero. Torque is the force responsible for rotation of a body. So how does the Earth rotate?
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Intuition as to why the orientation (of a 3D object) is not a conserved quantity?

Say you start off floating in space, in a fixed position and orientation, with zero linear and angular velocity, with no external forces. So you are a closed mechanical system. By twisting your body ...
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Moment of Inertia: uniform rigid rod on smooth plane [closed]

Consider a rod of length $b$ and mass $m$ on a smooth horizontal plane. A force is applied to one end of the rod. What is the acceleration $a$ and angular acceleration $\alpha$ of the other end of ...
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Is rolling friction exists only when one body rolls over a plane surface? [closed]

Suppose We have a circular object (A) and at its centre an circular object (B) of the adjusting size is fitted and then the object (B) (axle) is rotated such that it remains in contact wholly with the ...
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If a bullet is fired vertically upwards, when it comes back does it fall to the same spot?

What I'm basically asking is that if a body is projected with sufficiently high velocity so that it doesn't escape from the earth's gravitational field but reaches an appreciable height with respect ...
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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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Tricky conceptual question: ball sliding and rolling down incline [closed]

We all are familiar with the classic ball rolling down the incline exercise in rotational dynamics. Here is quite a tricky conceptual problem: You have an incline of fixed height, but the angle of ...
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What do people actually mean by “rolling without slipping”?

I have never understood what's the meaning of the sentence "rolling without slipping". Let me explain. I'll give an example. Yesterday my mechanics professor introduced some concepts of rotational ...
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How does a wheel balance itself during circular motion? [duplicate]

A wheel (or any ring of considerable mass) hardly balances itself when it is placed vertically on ground, but when we roll it along the ground it balances itself. What causes this effect? I guess its ...
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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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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 of Thin street sign

I am attempting to complete a home question in which a shop sign in the shape of a thin rectangle of size p x q (with q being the longer side), and mass m, that rotates about an axis that passes ...
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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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Compute the inertial tensor and then solve the equation? [closed]

If the $J_{\Omega}$ is the following matrix, which is solved by ja72 in How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$ of a body of revolution: $${\bf J} = \rho\, \begin{bmatrix} ...
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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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Can we get energy from the Earth's rotation?

Is there any way to harvest large amounts of energy from the Earth's rotation?
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Rod rotated by elastic string [closed]

A uniform rod $AB$ of length 2m and mass 1kg, has a mass of 1kg attached at $B$. It can rotate freely about a horizontal axis through $A$. The end $B$ is attached by means of a light elastic string ...
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An object is placed on an inclined plane. Does it roll? [closed]

An object is placed on in inclined plane. There may or may not be friction, your choice. My question is, how do we figure out whether or not it rolls? For example a sphere rolls but a cube doesn't.
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Approximating Rolling/Sliding in 2D Shape

I'm trying to find more information on how a 2D shape (could be defined by a function, such as ellipse, or by a polygon) will roll across a surface. The shape could be nearly circular or quite ...
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Second Law for Rotational Motion

Moment of inertia is analogous to mass, and angular acceleration is analogous to linear acceleration. What is analogous quantity to net force? In other words, what is moment of inertia*angular ...
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Lagrangian when there are gyroscopic effects

I'm having trouble with this: We have a system that consists of a thin rod (approx. 1-dimensional) and a disk. The rod is free to oscillate in a plane with one of its ending points fixed. The disk is ...