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

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What happens to a rotating rod that breaks in two?

I know that the approximation for the moment of inertia of an infinitely thin rod of mass $m$ and length $L$ spinning around an axis perpendicular to its own axis at its center is $\frac{mL^2}{3}$: ...
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How long for a frictionless top to fall over?

We've previously discussed why it is that spinning tops do not fall over, see: Why don't spinning tops fall over? However, as the highest rated answer notes, the angular momentum of the spinning top ...
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How does the curve ball drag air around it?

In cricket or baseball there is a type of ball called the curve ball. This is the top spin of the ball.I read that due to spin the ball drags the air around it due to friction in the way shown ...
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Moment of inertia of a planet

Is there a good way to directly measure a moment of inertia of the Earth, or say, other planet?
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How to know the time a disc takes to stop from rotating and the numbers of revolutions

Assuming I rotate a disk, I want to know how long it takes to completely stop, and the number of revolutions it made since I removed my fingers off the disk. Lets say a DVD I rotate with my fingers. ...
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Velocity of hitting the ground when falling forward

A friend of mine fell while he was snowboarding which led to a discussion. He mentioned that, in general, if your center of mass is traveling at a certain velocity, and you fall forward, your head ...
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Where does a spinning figure skater's energy go when she slows down?

Today in physics class we were talking about angular momentum and rotational kinetic energy. My teacher used the classic example of a figure skater spinning on ice - when she pulls her arms in, her ...
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Angular momentum of a translating and rotating body

If a rod is rotating about one end, does it have pure rotation or do you also consider the translation of centre of mass when calculating its angular momentum? Also, how would one calculate the ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane

I've been trying to solve this problem: A cylinder is rolling down an inclined plane (angle between plane and horizon α). Coefficient of friction is µ. What is the translational and angular speed of ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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Why is an electric motor more efficient at higher loads?

My question is driven by the plot below. We see that acceptable operating range of a motor is between 50-100% of the rated load. Below 40% or so the efficiency of the motor drops off dramatically. ...
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Meaning of angular velocity in a rotating system

When you study the motion of a rigid body you have $\vec\omega$, the vector associated to angular velocity. In the case you are using Euler angles and want a quick formula for the rotational kinetic ...
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Synchronising the Earth's rotation via mass redistribution

How much material would have to be moved per year from mountain-tops to valleys in order to keep the Earth's rotation synchronised with UTC, thus removing the need for leap seconds to be periodically ...
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Lean angle of a turning bicycle

I'm asked to derive a relationship for the leaning angle of a bicycle with the following specs: Center of gravity for bike and rider is a distance $L$ above the ground when vertical, and the total ...
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The rotating movement of an asteroid

I almost all movies where you could see an animation about an asteroid, they move in a very distinct way. I don't know how to explain better, but I think what we can see in the movies is that the ...
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Find Angular Momentum about any point

How do I find the angular momentum of a body about any point? We know that $L=I\omega$ for a body rotating in space, where $L$ denotes the angular momentum, $I$ denotes the moment of inertia and ...
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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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Cayley-Klein Parameters

I have a very simple question(I guess )to ask $$\frac{d\mathbf{m}}{dt}= \mathbf{C} \times \mathbf{m}$$ where $\mathbf{m}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ are vectors. Assume that $\mathbf{C}$ is constant over a ...
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Foucault pendulum

The equations of motions for a Foucault pendulum are given by: $$\ddot{x} = 2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{y} - \frac{g}{L}x,$$ $$\ddot{y} = -2\omega \sin\lambda \dot{x} - \frac{g}{L}y.$$ What are the ...
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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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What causes precession or nutation in a spinning object?

What causes precession in a spinning object? What causes nutation in a spinning object? What causes a top, gyroscope, and the earth to wobble? Just because it's a simple question, I'm not ...
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Why are Euler's equations of motion coupled? Physical explanation

I have a problem with one of my study questions for an oral exam: Euler’s equation of motion around the $z$ axis in two dimensions is $I_z\dot{\omega}_z = M_z$, whereas it in three dimensions is ...
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Effect of surface treatment on fair dice

If I have a perfectly balanced and thus fair cubic die, then polish 3 adjacent faces (so that their coefficient of friction is effectively zero) and roughen the remaining faces (so that their ...
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Why do balls in a spinning ellipsoid move to the minor axis plane?

There is a question concerning the Physics of a small child's tall that has been bothering me for some time now. I have investigated this to a small degree, but I have not been able to find a ...
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What “I” should use in Rotational Energy formula $(I \omega^2)/2$

$\text{Rotational Energy} = \frac{1}{2} I \omega^2$. What $I$ should be used? $I$ as a inertia tensor matrix = stepRotation * inverse moment of inertia * inverse stepRotation; Or I as moment of ...
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Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road

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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Calculating Rotational Inertia Using Parallel Axis Theorem

I am working on the following physics problem and have run into some trouble The figure above shows particles $1$ and $2$, each of mass $m$, attached to the ends of a rigid massless rod of ...
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Does the Magnitude of the Drag Coefficient on a Rectangular Prism vary with Rotation?

I have a question about the drag coefficient in the drag equation. Let's say I have a rectangular prism oriented such that, looking down on it, the long side is parallel to the y-axis. Moving forward ...
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Mechanics of a rolling drum

I have no clue on how to approach this. The professor only discussed centripetal acceleration and angular velocity (As in $2πr\over T$ $= ωr$). Does the acceleration along the axis of the drum act ...
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Rotating spring system: Is my intuition correct?

Consider a solid spherical object of uniform density that is rotating on an axis A1. Perpendicular to that axis one can draw another line that passes through the sphere. On this axis, on both sides of ...
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Deriving $T = F\ r = I\alpha$ for a rigid body

For a single point mass : $\tau=F_{t}r=ma_tr=(m r^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ For multiple point masses bound together : $\sum \tau_i = (m_ir_i^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ But how do we go from that to $I\alpha = ...
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Optimal door opening

This is a problem that has been periodically bugging me, so I finally decided to work on it. I haven't done any physics since high school, so I'm a bit out of practice: Consider a doorway with two ...
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Transform torque from Euler angles to infinitesimal Cartesian rotations

For a certain pair of rigid bodies, I have the gradient of energy in terms of Euler angles. I want to transform this gradient to the gradient of energy in terms of rotations about the $x, y, z$ axes ...
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How does the resistance force on a rolling ball depend on the ball radius?

A billiard ball set gently rolling on a billiard table slows and stops, because it is decelerated by resistance forces at the contact between the ball and table. I expect the magnitude of the ...
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Ideal 2D Unicycle Kinematics

A particle is connected to a massive wheel by a rigid rod. The wheel can roll without slipping on a horizontal surface. The particle is free to rotate around the centre of the wheel. I believe the ...
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Normal force in a compound pendulum (physical pundulum) system?

Consider a compound pendulum pivoted about a fixed horizontal axis, illustrated by the force diagram on the right: # Okay, I can't figure out where the normal force on the pendlum should point ...
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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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Lagrangian approach to spinning thread reel

I am trying to better understand Lagrangian dynamics and am struggling to complete the following question: A reel of thread of mass $m$ and radius $r$ is allowed to unwind under gravity, the upper ...
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Understanding gyroscopes

Considering the typical situation of a rotating bicycle wheel held by one end of its axle by a rope tied to the ceiling: gravity torque is the time derivative of the angular momentum, and in this case ...
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Why does the video recorded by a falling, rotating camera seem to stabilize?

Here is a video of a GoPro falling from a plane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrxPuk0JefA Any idea what is happening when the image "stabilizes" around 0:35? I think it is because the camera's ...
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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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Sign wrong in angular momentum (Quantum Mechanics)

For small angles $\theta$ the rotation along a particular axis $n$ is given by $R(n,\theta)(r)=Id+ \theta (n \times r)+ o(\epsilon)$. Now, the rotation operator in Quantum Mechanics is given by ...
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Computing Latitude Given Quiescent Gyroscope Data

Suppose I place a gyroscope in a theoretically perfectly quiescent, closed room. Let its output be given as a vector ${\bf v} = (v_x, v_y, v_z)$ indicating rate of rotation around three orthogonal ...
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Angle of rotation of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field

I am modeling the motion of an ellipsoid in a linear shear flow field. The ellipsoid is rotating about its shortest semi-principal axis which I have designated the $z$-axis in the body-fixed frame, ...
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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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Why does a coin falls faster when it's flipping as well?

From my experiments with measuring how fast a coin falls, I have consistently measured a faster falling rate for a coin that flips as it falls. As an example, a coin dropping on its edge from height ...
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Forces and torques about the CENTER OF MASS of a physical pendulum

I'm currently stumped by the following situation. Say we've got a rectangular physical pendulum (think ruler with a hole-punch at one end). It's trivial to analyze the motion of the pendulum with the ...
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Why do control moment gyroscopes exhibit “torque amplification”?

There are a number of articles that describe the benefits of using control moment gyroscopes (CMGs) over reaction wheels in inertial navigation applications. One of the primary benefits of using a CMG ...
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Levitation rotation speed involving laser acceleration, pyrolytic graphite and a vacuum

The experment would involve a small NIB magnet levitating between or on the diamagnetic material pyrolytic graphite, unlike other forms of levitation this doesn't require power to run such as ...
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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 ...