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

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Rigid body rotation about fixed axis with angular velocity not constant in magnitude

I'm trying to understand the properties of angular momentum in the rotation of a rigid body around a fixed axis $z$, when the angular momentum $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to the angular velocity ...
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Is torque necessary in rigid body mechanics? [duplicate]

Suppose we have a weightless, rigid rod fixed at one end, but free to swing at the other, where there is a mass $m$ attached. If we want to determine the tangential acceleration of the mass using ...
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Force by torque or force by speed with make the body jump?

I have a small object made of plastic weighing 3kg and I want to make it jump with the help of a dc motor and a plastic rod attached to it (4 such motor with rod are attached on the object at 4 ...
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Torque on rotating rigid body and pivot point [duplicate]

Consider a rigid body performing a rotational motion around a vertical fixed axis $z$ with constant angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$. The angular momentum vector $\vec{L}$ is not parallel to $z$ (and ...
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How to find the direction of friction in rotation?

Suppose we have a spool which is plucked constantly from top with a force F. The spool is on a rough ground. We have to find the direction of friction, nd direction of motion of spool. ...
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Why the similarity in the Equations of Motion for Rotational and Rectilinear Motion?

These are the equations of motion given constant acceleration, for first rectilinear and then rotational motion. Rectilinear Motion: Rotational Motion: While the variables have changed, and the ...
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Gyroscope is not in center of the mass

I have a controller with a MEMS gyroscope on it. Is there any difference if I put gyroscope not in center of the mass? Will be gyroscope drift increase?
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What causes the differential rotation of the Sun?

I have read the explanation in Wikipedia, but the problem is that because I'm a beginner in physics, I don't quite understand what more than half of the words mean! Here is the explanation from ...
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Mechanics of a falling cat [duplicate]

It is a general statement that cats tend to fall on their feet. How far is this is a valid statement? If I were to drop a cat from 50 meters height, feet up(hypothetically), would it still land on ...
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Find force centroid from forces and moments [closed]

A force $F = [fx,fy,fz]$ is applied to a point P = $[p1,p2,p3]$ generating a moment $M = [mx,my,mz]$. Find point P if F and M are known. I know that, [mx, my, mz] = [p1,p2,p3] x [fx, fy, fz] ...
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Cylinders rotating on a table

Please consult this video for context, its an interesting watch. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JuuYFt8bahE In this video Tadashi spins a tube on a table and it rotates around the tube axis and ...
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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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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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Does a central force have to be independent of angle?

When defining a central force, some sources, like Wikipedia, say that the magnitude of the force only depends on the distance $r$: In classical mechanics, a central force on an object is a force ...
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Circular motion and car tire angle [closed]

I'm trying to figure out what angle to turn the front tires of my small robotic car (about a foot in length) so that it moves in a circle (on level ground) of radius r (will be accommodating circles ...
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A body acting by zero net external force

I wonder, for a rigid body, if the vector sum of all external forces acting on it equals zero (Fnet = 0), does it also leads to the vector sum of all external torques acting on it about any point ...
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Why is Torque Generated from Friction?

Why does a rolling ball get torque from friction. I understand torque in relation to lever arms and the force being perpendicular to said arm. But what about wheels? There is no lever arm so how is ...
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Does vehicle tire mass effect efficiency?

This question has an interesting origin: A tire salesman was recommending tires (aka tyres) for a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. He said the vehicle was light (compared to most production cars), and ...
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What is Moment of Inertia of a cube about an axis passing through its centre and perpendicular to one of its faces?

Give a solid cube of uniform mass distribution and total mass $M$. I want Moment of Inertia of this cube about an axis passing through its centre and perpendicular to one of its faces where a is the ...
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Problems with moment of inertia [closed]

I totaly confused with these two problems can someone give any hints, or just final formula i get tired with it. Find the velocity of (a) a cylinder and (b) a ring at the bottom of an inclined plane ...
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Can torque relations actually be *derived* from Newton's Laws, or is it something extra?

For a long time I have wondered if there is a way to show that the rotational analogs of Newton's Laws are a direct consequence of just those laws, or are we adding more to them? I understand ...
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Velocity of a body in a pulley problem involving a spring fixed to the ground

So the picture shows the whole situation. My question is, how do you find the velocity of the object after it had descended 10 cm (0.1 m) ? Pulley's radius 0.2 m, moment of inertia 0.2 kg/m I ...
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Why does a force parallel to the axis of rotation do not produce torque? [closed]

One explanation can be that Torque is a cross-product (r x F). I want to know what is its physical interpretation.
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Rotation of join of two different rods when one is rotated [closed]

Two cylinders A and B made of same material and having same length of radii $r$ and $2r$ are soldered coaxially. The free end of A is clamped and the free end of B is twisted by an angle theta. The ...
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Conditions to impose for accelerations in systems of rotating pulleys [closed]

I do not understand completely how do rotating pulleys with ropes (that do not slip) work. Besides the equations of motions, which are clear to me, some conditions on the accelerations are needed to ...
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Does the centrifugal force affect stationary objects as seen from the inertial reference frame?

If an object is moving at the same speed as a rotating/accelerating frame of reference it's in contact with but in the opposite direction (making its displacement zero), would such an object be ...
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What is the relationship between $W_1$ and $W_2$? [closed]

I have a model which schematic is in the linked picture. Blue $A$ and $B$ are rotational joints, black and red shapes are rigid elements. $I_1$ is moment of inertia of black and red elements combined ...
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Difference between potential centrifugal energy and rotational/kinetic energy

I'm having troubles to understand the difference between kinetic energy and potential centrifugal energy in some situations. I make an example where I am confused. A object moves on a rod attached ...
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Impulse and momentum on a system of three particles (equilateral triangle)

I found this exercise on a textbook which provided solely the description of what is happening and the answers with little explanation. The solution being provided, I am mostly interested in ...
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If a disc is rolling on a surface, how do you verify that no slip occurs? [closed]

If I have the values for the coefficient of static friction (0.1) and all the other variables, how do I verify that no slip occurs?
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In pure translation why the body does not exhibit rotation only and only about the CM?

Suppose I have a rod in pure translation as shown in the picture with some constant acceleration. The two forces $F_1$ and $F_2$ act as shown. So clearly due to the definition of pure translation ...
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Does the rotational form of Newton's second law always hold?

Does the equation, $$\vec \tau=I\vec \alpha$$ (rotational form of the second law) always hold? If not, in what conditions does it hold true?
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What kind of motion is caused by nonzero torques about two parallel axes?

Say on a rigid body there are non-zero torques about two parallel axes. About which axis does it acquire a angular acceleration? I'm looking for a mathematical explanation.
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Rotating rigid rod in empty space [duplicate]

To begin, we assume there is a rigid rod in empty space which has no rotation with respect to the fixed stars. The frame of the rod is now an inertial reference frame, say $F$. 1) The rod now has a ...
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Will future spaceships for very long distance rotate?

I have seen in the movie Interstellar and The Martian they use the model of spaceship which rotate around it's axis. This is the spaceship model from Interstellar. This is spaceship model from The ...
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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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Cylinder on an accelerated rough plane [duplicate]

The following figure shows a cylinder resting on a rough horizontal rug that is pulled out from under it with acceleration $a$ perpendicular to the axis of the cylinder. What is the motion of ...
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Rotating movable pulley [closed]

I'm trying to understand how a movable pulley of mass $m$ and radius $r$, that rotates and doesn't slip actually works. Consider the picture, if a force is applied at the free end of the rope, are ...
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Conservation of angular momentum in broken pendulum

I'm having troubles in understanding the correct way to use the conservation of angular momentum. Consider the pendulum in the picture with a neglegible mass rope and a slender rode of mass M and ...
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Net force for circular motion

So today my physics teacher was telling us that the net force when discussing circular motion was actually the centripetal force. He didn't go further and I would like to know if there's any proof to ...
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How to find speed of rotation of gears from kinetic energy of falling body?

A pulley is fitted to the first driven shaft of compund gear train. Last driven shaft of gear train(gear 8) is fitted to the 12V DC generator (6W).Now to the rope extension at the one end of the ...
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Wheel Sinkage Depth

I am trying to make a realistic car physics simulation for my game and the current thing that I am fighting to solve is rolling resistance. Although it's effect is minimal, this is important concept, ...
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rotating jars and centripetal force

why does water rise up the sides of a jars that are spun in a circle. How does the centripetal force act on the water making it move away from the center of the circle? Also how does speed affect the ...
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Parallel axis theorem proof?

First, I thought theorems do not have proofs. Anyway, for parallel axis theorem, I was given that the addition of translational kinetic energy and rotational kinetic energy proves the parallel axis ...
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Torque on a right angle triangle [closed]

I am attempting a question regarding the torque on a right angle triangle. The triangle is pivoted along the adjacent axis, there is no force acting on the opposite side, however there is a 12N force ...
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How to determine the right motor to rotate things? [closed]

Me and my teammates are trying to produce a motorized rotating bench. we want to rotate the bench to the other side if one of them get wet by the rain. we are currently doing the proposal for our ...
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Rotational motion: A cylinder, sphere and hoop rolling down a ramp [closed]

I have a question about comparing different objects in rotational motion. In this scenario: A cylinder (with moment of inertia = $\frac{1}{2}MR^2$), a sphere ($\frac{2}{5} MR^2$) and a hoop ($MR^2$) ...
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Relevant Archemidan Spiral Theorems: An Enquiry

Basically what I'm doing is investigating the solar wind's outflow. As part of this investigation is included a fairly crude application of a more complex outflow solution to that of basic archemidian ...
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Converting torque to angular velocity

Given the torque of a system, is it possible to convert this torque to the angular velocity of the object? I calculated the torque exerted by wind on a blade, however, now I need the RPM. To get the ...
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Clarification on what inertia and area moments?

This is something I have never understood despite applying the formulas in many classes. What I'm hoping to find here is some clarification. My understanding is that the first moment of inertia is ...