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

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What is the physics of a spinning coin?

When we spin a coin on a table, we observe 2 things: It slows down and stops after sometime. It does not stay at just one point on the table but its point of contact with table changes with time. ...
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If a pendulum is on a rotating table, will a torque be generated?

Here is the set up. Very simple. A flat (i.e. horizontal table, there is no gravity) and rounded table that spins on its axis (through the center of the table). A spring mass system is now put on the ...
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Moment of Inertia, why $r^2$and not $r$?

So my engineering mechanics book includes a brief discussion on area moments of inertia. Unfortunately, the ensuing chapter is predominately computational in nature. I don't have a thorough grasp of ...
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Wheel locks and spinout

Imagine driving in a straight line on a ice lake, when you hit the brakes, if your goal is to stay in straight path with no spinout, which wheels would you choose to have locked: front or rear? ...
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Direction of angular velocity

Angular velocity is the rate of angular displacement about an axis. Its direction is determined by right hand rule. According to right hand rule, if you hold the axis with your right hand and rotate ...
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Which is the axis of rotation?

This should be simple, but it keeps bothering me. If a rigid body has no fixed axis, and a torque (defined relative to a point $A$) is applied, it will rotate around $A$. But often I can also ...
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Angular momentum in a rod rotating around one end?

Sorry if I can't get straight to the point, I have to give a lot of details before I actually state the question. The formula for angular momentum is $L=I \omega$. If we look up $I$ for a thin rod ...
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Static as opposed to Kinetic Friction in Rolling Motion

During analysis of rolling motion, why do we consider coefficient of friction as that of static friction and not kinetic friction?
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what's the physical significance of the off-diagonal element in the matrix of moment of inertia

In classical mechanics about rotation of rigid object, the general problem is to study the rotation on a given axis so we need to figure out the moment of inertia around some axes. In 3-dimensional ...
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What happens to angular momentum when matter is converted to energy?

Let's say a spinning star radiates mass-energy only from it's pole regions. How does the loss of mass-energy effect the angular momentum of the star?
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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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What is the proof that a force applied on a rigid body will cause it to rotate around its center of mass?

Say I have a rigid body in space. I've read that if I during some short time interval apply a force on the body at some point which is not in line with the center of mass, it would start rotating ...
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Stability of a rotating ring of multiple electrons at relativistic speeds

There was a time when physicists where concerned about electron internal structure. The rotating ring model was one of the proposals to explain how a charge density could become stable against ...
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How do I visualize the non-coaxial rotation of this device?

The picture below shows an isolated system with a fairly massive wheel at one end, attached via its axle to a long shaft, like a bike tire on a bike frame, but the bike frame is merely a low mass ...
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Does the Moon's orbital inclination follow the wobble in the Earth's rotation?

As the Earth wobbles during rotation, does the higher gravity at the equator tend to pull the moon toward an equatorial orbit even as the earth does that thousands of years wobble cycle? It would ...
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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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Could life survive a pole shift caused by an asteroid collision?

Could life on earth survive a large pole shift caused by an asteroid collision? I became aware that there are people who believe that the earth's pole suddenly shifts. That is, its rotational ...
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Linear acceleration vs angular acceleration equation

I'm learning about angular velocity, momentum, etc. and how all the equations are parallel to linear equations such as velocity or momentum. However, I'm having trouble comparing angular acceleration ...
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Is a spinning object heavier than a non-spinning object?

Does spinning an object make it heavier? A real-world example: I was mowing the lawn in front of my house, a lawn that tends to have some steep inclines. I realized that the lawn-mower was easier ...
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how does international space station change its orientation?

In what way does the rotating gyroscope help in changing the orientation of the international space station in space ? Is there any other way to change the the orientation of ISS ?
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Astronaut on a rotating asteroid

This might sound like the silliest question ever, but can someone shed some light on what is actually happening in the following situation: There is an asteroid in outer space what is rotating with ...
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Does a toy top weigh less when it is spinning?

I am under the understanding that a toy top will weigh less when it is spinning. The Russians made a spinning type transport back in the 70s to lessen its payload over the tundra. Is this an effective ...
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Question about moment of inertia and velocity

First off, I swear this is not homework. I'm doing some practice problems because I got an exam coming up. I'm stuck on this one: I figured I would use energy conservation for this problem. So since ...
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Top angular speed of electric motor

I recently came across a question asking the following: If a motor is switched on, it quickly reaches a top speed. Why does it not just go faster and faster and faster? I thought it might be ...
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Veritasium - Firing bullet in block - along center and away from center

This question is about this video on YouTube, in which a bullet is fired vertically into the center of a wooden block from below, sending the block up into the air. Next, a bullet is fired vertically ...
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What determines the direction of precession of a gyroscope?

I understand how torque mathematically causes a change to the direction of angular momentum, thus precessing the gyroscope. However, the direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise, of this ...
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Why does dust stick so well to fan blades? [duplicate]

After reading and understanding the reasons why dust stick to rotating fan propeller, I am interested to find out why the dust particles stick so well. Spraying powerful jets of water does not ...
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Paradox of angular velocity

For a torque-free symmetric top, the Inertia tensor has an inverse $I^{-1}$, and $L=I\omega$. Which implies that $\omega=I^{-1}L$. But since $I, L$ are constants, $\vec\omega$ is a constant. However, ...
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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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N particles, will there be any rotation after a period of time or everything will collapse

This is in context of classical Newtonian physics. Consider a system of n different point mass particles. Initially all are spread around on one plane. No particle possess any velocity to begin with. ...
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Outcomes of earth slowing down spinning on its own axis

What are the possible outcomes if earth slows down spinning on its own axis? To be specific: Can the decrease in the internal centrifugal (or centripetal) force due to slowing down earth's spin: ...
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Intuitive explanation for why same force applied farther from a hinge causes larger angular acceleration than if applied closer?

A standard example of a problem involving torque is opening a door - the same force F applied far from the hinge causes a larger angular acceleration than if applied close to the hinge. I always had ...
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Moment of inertia of a coin

I have a a coin infinitely thin, rotating along the diameter. How to derive the formula for it's moment of inertia passing through the diameter. I was suggested to use the surface density and ...
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Altering Venus rotational speed to match Earth's via weather manipulation

Venus rotates approximately 6.5 km an hour Earth rotates approximately 1650 km/h how fast could we speed up Venus's rotation via only weather manipulation ( maybe a giant fractal lens between Venus ...
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Which force makes a wheel roll down the hill? What causes friction?

A wheel rolling down a hill has two axis of rotation. One is where the center or mass is and the other is the point of contact with the surface which acts as a fulcrum. I was trying to understand ...
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Rotating/Translating Disk

I was trying to understand an aspect of rotational dynamics and thought of a problem to help me learn. I'm sure this problem has been considered by countless people in the past, but I'm having some ...
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understanding why inversion cannot be accomplished by a rigid change

Goldstein pg 151 says "it is clear that an inversion of a right-handed system into a left-handed one cannot be accomplished by any rigid change in the coordinate axis..." I am trying to understand ...
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How to calculate cord tension in a vertical circle?

Mass m is connected to the end of a cord at length R above its rotational axis (the axis is parallel to the horizon, the position of the mass is perpendicular to the horizon). It is given an initial ...
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Angular acceleration of stone disk

I have a conceputal question regarding the following problem: A round massive stone disk with diameter $0.600 m$ has a mass of $50.0 kg$. The stone rotates at an angular velocity of $115.2 rad/s$, ...
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3 Axis Gryroscope with forced Precession and Limits of Motion

I am working a problem concerning a 3 axis gryoscope, the spinning mass is a magnet (dipole). This is part of a optical sensing device. The inner gimbal is for pitch rotation, and the outer gimbal is ...
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Videos of changing the orientation of an astronaut in space

Kane, Headrick and Yatteau describe in their paper "Experimental investigation of an astronaut maneuvering scheme" possible maneuvers to change the orientation in space without external torque. Is ...
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Taking pivot about an accelerating point

Given this question: A small ball of mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without slipping on the inside surface of a fixed hemispherical bowl of radius $R>r$. What is the frequency of small ...
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Why do rolling disc (coin) move in circular path?

We have a coin that is rolled such that it's tilted at an small angle $ \theta $. Question:: What turns around rolling disc so that it traces circular motion (spiral as it's speed decreses)? ...
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Angular momentum conservation while internal frictional torque is present

So this appears in a problem which looks simple enough in its context; It's something like this: Two discs, A and B, are mounted coaxially on a vertical axle. The discs have moments of inertia $I$ ...
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Forces acting on a point mass in a spinning rigid body

I have learned that all spinning objects will continue spinning even if no force is acting on it, and the tendency to do so is called moment of inertia. But I wonder about the fact that a single point ...
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Is it humanly possible to change Earth's axis?

Just what the title states with the qualification that the change must be affected without using other celestial bodies as mentioned in the Clarke/Baxter SF 'Sunstorm'. Obviously given the momentum ...
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Why do some satellites fall to Earth?

In another question How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?, one can read an affirmative answer. They how do you explain satellites ...
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Maximum permissible speed while going down a ramp

So, I was playing hill climb racing and I noticed that if we move with high speeds towards a ramp going down we just jump it off. While lower speeds, help us to stay in contact with the ramp. ...
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What sustains a rigid body's rotation at its constant angular(rotational) speed?

Continuing from the following scenario from my previous question Centripetal force of a rotating rigid body? : Consider someone pushing a roundabout in a playground. Initially the roundabout is ...
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how to represent the effect of linking rigid-bodies together?

I have 2 rigid-bodies (b1,b2) if i linked one to the other (as if they are conjoined together) , how to represent b1 effect on b2 and b2 effect on b1 Is there any LAW that affect the ...