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

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Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets?

Given: Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum. Reverse spinning with dense atmosphere (92 times > Earth & CO2 dominant sulphur based). Surface same degree of aging all over. Hypothetical large ...
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On the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets? Why does every thing spin? As far as I can imagine, almost each celestial body, star, planet, ...
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Why does the Earth rotate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does every thing spin? So why would the Earth, or any planet for that matter, rotate along an axis? I know of no force which could come into play here, so i assume ...
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Reason behind the rotation of Earth? [duplicate]

I want to know what is the reason that the Earth rotates on its own axis? What are the forces responsible for the Earth's rotation?
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Describing a motion of gyroscope with gimbal

Can you tell be how to set the equations to describe the motion of this machine in movie "Contact": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSaO9VGjLXc This is gyroscope with gimbal, am I right?
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Why does pitch in a helicopter take effect 90 degrees later?

In a helicopter if you want to give it a forward pitch, you change the angle of the blades when it is in this position ---- So the two blades experience unequal lift and because o gyroscopic ...
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What is the linear and rotational motions generated by a force not on the CG?

Given a force that is applied to a free body, not directly towards, or away from the centre of gravity, how would you calculate the amount of linear and rotational velocities generated, as the farther ...
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Question about torque and center of mass [duplicate]

If a yo-yo's string is not attached to anything and the yo-yo is dropped, it is obvious it will fall at $g$. In this scenario, Tension of string = 0. If a yo-yo's string is attached to a cieling and ...
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Feynman's explanation of parallel axis theorem

In the book Feynman's Lectures on physics volume 1 chapter 19, He explains prallel axis theorem as follows. Suppose we have an object, and we want to find its moment of inertia around some ...
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Can a harmonic drive reducer/strain wave gear be used to gear up instead of down? [closed]

I wish to be able to gear up from a rotating bicycle hub with a revolutions per minute range of 150 to 850 to a ratio of 200:1. Can I do this by simply reversing the direction of a harmonic drive ...
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How do the energy eigenvalues of rotational degrees of freedom in statistical mechanics come about?

I want to understand the hierarchy different degrees of freedom of a mechanical system. Specifically, I want to understand which subsystems equibrilate faster and why. This question comes up: Why ...
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Calculating the components of angular momentum of a rigid body

You have a rigid body with 1 fixed point in space (the origin). It's self-explanatory how to get the following equation for the angular momentum: $\vec L = \sum_n m_n\vec r_n\times\vec v_n$ ...
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Realistic projectile motion

I am working on a project involving a simulation of the motion of a projectile (in 3D) aimed at a moving target. The way projectile motion is analyzed in most introductory physics books is not ...
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Torque, and the Law of the Lever

How fundamental is the Law of the Lever? It seems that we simply define torque as being $r \times F$, if that's the case, then torque isn't a derived quantity, is it? Something like the Law of the ...
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Molecular rotation - Energy levels for an asymmetric molecule

For a molecule with spherical symmetry, the energy level of rotation for quantum number $J$ is: $$E(J)=\frac{J(J+1)\hbar^2}{8\pi^{2}I}$$ "$I$" is the Moment of inertia for the molecule ...
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Vibration of pulley and string system [closed]

So here's the statement: A pulley of a mass $M$ is hanged using a spring (stiffness of the string being $k_1$), as shown in the image. What is the frequency of the pulley's oscillation? So that's ...
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Water bottle moment of inertia

I've noticed that I can make a full water bottle spin about its short axis easier than I can make it spin when it is 1/4 or 1/2 full. Also, when it is spun and is not full, the geometric center of the ...
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Would equations for a spinning top be an (x,y,z) vector [duplicate]

I am following the equations on this page, and for torque it is $mgr\sin\theta$, but I am curious about $r$. I am working on a game and I want to correctly model the top, and am curious if $r$ should ...
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Gravitational Potential Energy to Kinetic Energy

When a yo-yo is released from a height $h$, the gravitational potential energy is converted to kinetic energy. However, the yo-yo obviously has less acceleration than $g$, $9.8\frac{m}{s}$. This means ...
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Angular momentum of a sphere moving vertically downwards [closed]

If a solid sphere is moving vertically down with a velocity $v$ and spinning with an angular velocity $\omega$, what is the angular momentum of the sphere about an axis through the sphere which is at ...
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Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
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The charm of the gyroscope [closed]

I am fascinated by the gyroscope, like everyboy who was so lucky as to get such a toy as a kid. But probably also grown-ups are not immune to its charm. I am not asking for a theoretical explanation. ...
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Can I make a rod in the vertical plane move with its one end on the ground in a slanting position?

Consider a rod kept vertically on the ground. I keeps the rod in a slanting position making some angle with the horizontal. Can I now move this rod along the horizontal plane by applying a force at ...
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Rotation from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics

I apologize for the ambiguity in my title. It was rather difficult to figure out what is the most appropriate title for my questions. My questions come from chapter 4 and chapter 5 of Goldstein, ...
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Feynman Lectures: Trigonometry Error in Rotational Dynamics?

I'm reading through Vol. 1 Chaper 18, and Feynman says that in the system: (See here for a higher resolution copy - can't embed SVGs), the length of $PQ$ is equal to $r\Delta\theta$: If $OP$ is ...
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If a planetoid was wet and you spun it would the water move to the equator?

If the moon was alone in space and covered in X feet of water and it began to rotate would it displace to a bias along the equator?
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An electromagnetic induction problem [closed]

The question goes like this : A thin non conducting horizontal disc of mass $m$ having total charge $q$ distributed uniformly over its surface, can rotate freely about its own axis. Initially ...
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Push a box in a plane with friction. How to deal with the rotation?

Suppose I have a box (say, length-1m, width-1m, height-0.5m) on the plane with friction. I can apply a horizontal force in on the surface of the box. If the force doesn't pass through the center of ...
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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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Why does a cuboid spin stably around two axes but not the third?

Let $C$ be a cuboid (rectangular parallelepiped) with edges of lengths $a < b < c$. Consider an axis that passes through the centers of two opposite faces of $C$. There are three such axes, ...
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Small sphere rolling off the top of a large sphere [closed]

A heavy sphere of radius r = 1.00 meter is fixed with respect to the ground. A small uniform solid sphere is placed at the top of the larger sphere. After a slight disturbance, the smaller sphere ...
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Rotating uniform rod

A uniform rod of mass 1.2 kg and length 1.8 m is pivoted in the horizontal position as shown (black point). The rod is at rest and then released. The acceleration due to gravity is $g = 9.8 ...
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If a ball spinning on a rod hits another ball, what is conserved linear or angular momentum?

Suppose a 1-kg ball A is fixed to a spoke 0.2 m long, which is attached to an axle so that the ball can rotate (v=10m/s, KE=50J, $\omega$=50 rps, L=2, p=0) Now, there is a second ball B (m=1kg), ...
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Gravitational force and time dilation [closed]

Suppose the radius of the earth is reduced by half but the mass is same, then how long will it take to complete one rotation, 24, 48, 12 or 6 h.? please give the mathematical relations and solution. ...
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Is there a way for an astronaut to rotate?

We know that if an imaginary astronaut is in the intergalactic (no external forces) and has an initial velocity zero, then he has is no way to change the position of his center of mass. The law of ...
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Rotating a Gaussian Beam

I need to see how the phase fronts of two gaussian beams interact when they intersect with each other. The two beams are tilted towards each other so that they intersect each other at their respective ...
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Moment of inertia of a cylinder about its base

I've tried to find the moment of inertia of a cylinder rotating about an axis parallel to its base (i.e about the 'End diameter') as one can see here . But when I checked my results with different ...
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How to simulate rotational instability?

I'm trying to simulate (for an educational game) the well-known effect that rotating objects with three nonequal moments of inertia are unstable when rotated around the middle axis. Some explanations ...
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How can the Earth keep spinning with a liquid core?

In regards to the 'conservation of angular momentum' being the explanation of why celestial objects spin... If you fill a ball or any other container with a liquid and try to spin it, you will not ...
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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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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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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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Why don't we talk about angular momentum at all in fluid mechanics?

People usually talk about similar (or maybe not?) things like vorticity or enstrophy in fluid mechanics, but no one talks about angular momentum, why?
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What determines whether a pool ball will bouce backwards after colliding with another pool ball?

I'm no knowledgeable pool player, but I've noticed that sometimes when the cue ball hits another pool ball, they roll together; and sometimes the cue ball bounces back. And I have a very, very rough ...
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How can a generalised force be dependent on an angle i.e. not a vector?

I'm currently working through an example question in Patrick Hamill's 'A Student's Guide to Hamiltonians and Lagrangians'. The question I'm having conceptual difficulty with is: A particle is ...
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Does a spinning part affect the moment of inertia of a composite object?

I have been going back through some Kleppner problems and have a doubt concerning problem 6.18. It states: Find the period of a pendulum consisting of a disk of mass $M$ and radius $R$ fixed to ...
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Collision Resolution System Adding Velocity Into System

In my 2-dimensional physics simulation, I have a rectangular rigid body 'a' with infinite mass (the floor), and a rectangular rigid body 'b' with finite mass above it turned at a slight angle. When ...
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Golf: spin direction resulting from striking out of the toe

If a golf club strikes the ball out of the centre of the club face with the club path on the target line through impact, and the face square to target, the ball will move towards the target with no ...
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Finding the minimum radius of the pivoted disc

Here is a question based on Simple Harmonic Motion that I tackled just now. However I think I am having an approach to tackle this but I am not sure about it. Ouestion: A uniform disc of radius ...
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Rotational behavior of objects in zero-g with forces [closed]

I would like to know how this object would rotate in free space out of curiosity. Below is a diagram of the object. It is of uniform density and has a center of mass in the center of the object, ...