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

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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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Damping Constant for a Ball Rolling in a Bowl

How would you find the damping constant of a ball rolling without slipping in half of a sphere? I know how to find the period of the oscillation, but how would I find the damping constant ...
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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 $\vec{\...
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Time period of bar pendulum

Why does the time period of a bar pendulum first decrease and then increase when the distance of the axis of rotation from the centre of gravity increases?
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How I think about rolling [closed]

Below, I have written how I think about rolling. I wish to know if my idea as to how it works is correct. Consider a rigid ball on a plane which has considerable friction. If you push the ball ...
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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 required to spin a platform around a non-centered axis

This might be a silly simple question, but I cannot confirm the correct answer. Situation: I am building a wall bed and i need to calculate how much force will be needed to lift it from a horizontal ...
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Question about friction in rolling without slipping?

I was under the impression that for a ball/cylinder to roll without slip, there must be a static friction force that opposes the direction of motion. Why, in this case, does the friction act in the ...
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Why does a ball roll?

I searched for my question and I found many results but all of them eventually try to solve something specific (like solving for the kinetic energy or finding when does the ball stop). what I want ...
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Stacked motors thought experiment

first of all, I'm not a mathematician, just curious about something that came up to my mind and maybe you can help me out. Scenario: I have a motor that spins let's say at 20K revolutions per minutes....
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Meaning of parallel axis theorem: why is the moment of inertia minimum if the axis passes through the CM?

From parallel axis theorem follows that, given a rigid body, the moment of inertia is minimum if calculated with respect to an axis passing through the center of mass. What is the physical meaning of ...
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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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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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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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Confusions about rotational dynamics and centripetal force

I am a high school student. I am having confusions about the centripetal force and rotational motion . I have known that a body will be in rest or in uniform velocity if any force is not applied. But ...
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Why is less force required to open a door when we apply a force at a greater distance from the hinge?

I know that the magnitude of a torque increases with the distance from the axis of rotation. What is the reason of that : how can a force exert a greater torque when the force is applied at a ...
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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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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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What is an intuitive explanation using forces for the equatorial bulge?

The earth is not a sphere, because it bulges at the equator. I tried fiddling with centripetal force equations and gravity, but I couldn't derive why this bulge occurs. Is there (a) a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 the ...
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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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Reaction to gyroscopic force [duplicate]

Just like the reaction of the weight of a body is a force acting on Earth towards the body, where and in what direction does the reaction of a gyroscopic force act?
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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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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 ...
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Why do trees sway?

Resonance can also occur in three dimensions (such as wind induced swaying) I tried to make a free body diagram (I know it is terribly wrong) to find the forces that causes the tree to undergo ...
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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 ...