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

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How to find the center of rotation? (2D)

First off, I'm assuming that a free floating polygon doesn't always rotate around its center of mass unless the net force is zero (based on the points below). If this isn't correct please tell me. ...
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Calculating the force $F$ for wich $S_2$ will be in uniform motion

The sketch is given: The double pulley groove of radius $r=5\;\mathrm{cm}$ and $R=10\;\mathrm{cm}$ is in rotation Two inextensible wires of negligible masses are wound around ...
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Tension in a rod rotating about a fixed point

A rod of mass $m$ and length $l$ is rising about a fixed point in the ceiling with an angular velocity $\omega$ as shown in the figure. Now, on taking a small element on the rod, the net tension ...
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Is angular acceleration same about all points of a rotating ball?

Suppose a ball is rotating due to force $F$ applied at its top (on a rough ground).There is pure rolling. In one case we write the equation w.r.t COM i.e $F.R=I(\alpha_1)$ and $F-f=ma$ and ...
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Spinning a rope when hanging, what is the curve? [duplicate]

Holding a rope from one end and spinning it. As shown in the picture, what will be the curve of it?
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Mercury's rotation, Disturbation's caused by thermodynamics

Mercury rotates sychronized like two-stroke machine. As it's solar day is 2 mercurian years.(Orbital periods) Or should we say 3:2-stroke machine, as it's Orbital period is 87.969 Earthdays, and it's ...
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Rotational speed of a planet [closed]

Is there a way to calculate the rotational speed (or day length) of a planet? If not then what are the factors? I mean what affects the speed? Is it just the distance from Sun (like period of a ...
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3D Dynamics: determining the moments of inertia on a plate with a couple

My Mechanical textbook (Bedford & Fowler 4th Edition) has a worked out example for determining a couple using euler's equations. This is not a homework question (at least I don't think it is?), ...
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Is Conservation of Energy maintained when the orbit of a rotating mass increases in diameter?

I read an example where someone was explaining how the law of conservation of energy does not have to be maintained within a rotating mass even though angular momentum is maintained. The given ...
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Earth's Kinetic energy change

Earth's rotational speed varies. I have checked the data an found following Peaks; Year 1998, 23.May, the Earth rotated in 86400.0023738 seconds. At 9.July the rotation time of the Earth was ...
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When does an object rotates and translate at the same time?

I have a ruler on the table. If I push it with my finger on its end, it will rotate. but if I push it hard enough, it will rotate and slide slightly. Which force cause this sliding motion? and how ...
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How to conserve angular momentum?

If i want to conserve angular momentum from the point of contact of the solid sphere and the ground how should I do it? I know we can use $mvh = I\omega + MvR$ ,if the collision is elastic. But in ...
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Uranus, the Physical model to change it's rotation axle

Uranus rotates pretty wierd, it's 90-degrees tilted; Why is Uranus's axis of rotation tilted? The best answer for this is; that at a distant point in its past, Uranus was struck by a very ...
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Rotational Energy homework question

A hollow sphere rolls along floor and goes up 30 degree incline, how far up does it stop? Ok so from what i know you need conservation of energy: $mgh=$rotational energy And $h$ is $d\sin(30)$, ...
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Why does Venus spin in the opposite direction?

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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How did planets start to spin and do all of them spin in same direction? [duplicate]

How did planets start to spin in the first place? Some say that gases which condense and form planets start spinning and hence planets acquire a spin. And some say that they start to spin to conserve ...
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Relation between accelerations of block and tangential acceleration of the pulley in pulley block system

I was doing some pulley block problems in rotational mechanics and almost everywhere when the pulley is rotating and some masses are connected by a light rope(for example I am taking a two block and 1 ...
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A particle of mass m slides down the frictionless surface from height h and collides with the uniform vertical rod of length L and mass M [closed]

A particle of mass m slides down the frictionless surface from height h and collides with the uniform vertical rod of length L and mass M. After the collision, mass m sticks to the rod. The rod is ...
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Acceleration of two points problem (mathematical explanation)

There is a square board with two nails in corner A and B. We apply a torque $M$ to the square board. Nail A can move freely on a track only in the $x$ direction and B only in the $y$ direction. The ...
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integrating small angular velocities

I know that for a constant angular velocity the following is true: $R=e^{W t} R_0$ where $W$ is an angular velocity tensor, $t$ is a time, and $R$ is a rotation matrix I believe the following is ...
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Determining Attitude from Angular Velocity History

I am doing an analysis concerning the torque-free motion of an axisymmetric body. The angular velocity is given by $\omega(t) = [\omega_t\ sin(\Omega t), \omega_t\ cos(\Omega t), \omega_{z0}]$ From ...
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Proof formulas of tangential forces [closed]

Only a tangential force F is applied to a particle. A and B are two constants that are determined by the initial conditions. show:
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On application of angular momentum conservation laws

Consider a situation like this: a massless ring is kept fixed at rest on a horizontal plane. A massless thin string attached at its one end to a point on the circumference of the ring while its other ...
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Intuitive Explanation of Tippe Top Effect?

A friend showed me a tippe top (a special kind of spinning top) lately and asked me about the physics behind it. I thought about it for a while but cannot quite figure it out. So I will throw the ...
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A free axis of rotation [duplicate]

It is claimed that the free axes of rotation of a rigid body are the ones with the smallest and the largest moment of inertia. Why? How can we determine which free axis of rotation will be used?
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Finding Angular Acceleration of rod given radius and angle

A uniform rod is 2.0 m long. The rod is pivoted about a horizontal, frictionless pin through one end. The rod is released from rest at an angle of 30° above the horizontal. What is the angular ...
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Why can we model a body to have a center of mass?

I accept that bodies have a center of mass. I also accept that if I were to suspend a body by only supporting it at its center of mass, then the body wouldn't rotate. In the scenario that we suspend a ...
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Circular Motion and Simulated Gravity

People have proposed that a spinning cylindrical shape could be used to simulate gravity. Will gravity be simulated if the cylinder is frictionless? My brain can't seem to wrap around the idea that ...
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Finding torque due to normal force [closed]

A cubical block of mass $m$ and edge length $a$ slides down a rough inclined plane of inclination $\alpha$ radian with a uniform speed. Find the torque of the normal force acting on the block about ...
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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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How do you choose direction of moment of inertia?

If a car is accelerating forward from rest with no air resistance while weight and normal forces act on the wheels, in which direction is the moment of inertia? Is it positive, clockwise or anti ...
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Doubt related to rotational motion (rolling down an inclined plane)

I have doubt regarding when an object ( sphere , ring , cylinder etc ) rolls down a FRICTIONLESS inclined plane. Let us suppose the angle of inclination of inclined plane is θ. Now the forces acting ...
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How do I calculate the speeds in x, y, and theta of a spinning rod?

Suppose the object looks like the diagram below (it is the horizontal rod). On the vertices, are two velocity vectors $v_r$ and $v_l$. The question is: how is the motion of the rod affected by these ...
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Contradiction in a simple torque/rotation problem - two ways of calculating external force don't agree

Suppose we have a rigid system of two point objects (both of unit mass) connected with a massless rod, with the objects horizontal on the x axis, at a distance $r_1$ and $r_2$ from the origin, ...
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Dose the gravitational force produces precession in the spinning top?

I'm new at classical mechanics but the text book says there is the torque in the spinning top which generated only by gravitation. It is hard to explain the situation, I've add the link. ...
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How do you explain spinning tops to a nine year old?

Why don't spinning tops fall over? (The young scientist version) My nine year old son asked me this very question when playing with his "Battle Strikers" set. Having studied Physics myself, I am very ...
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Lagrange: when a potential force, when a generalized force?

Consider the following case of a drum unrolling a mass that is on a massless string wrapped around the drum: According to my professor, here we must consider the mass $m$ being in a gravitational ...
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Why is this handle flipping back and forth? [duplicate]

This gif of some kind of handle being spun in zero gravity has been doing the rounds: Why is it flipping back and forth? It seems odd that it flips, then seems to rotate around one axis in a ...
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Why does this object periodically turn itself?

See below gif image taken from here. Or see this Youtube video about 30 sec in. Is this a real effect? Why does it seem to turn periodically? Can it be explained by classical mechanics alone? ...
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What is the force that stops a rotating wheel eventually? [duplicate]

Assuming a car is traveling on a road. At some point, the driver stops accelerating the car, so it travels some distance and then stops. Since the car's wheels are round and are rotating without ...
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Sign of torque when rolling an object down an incline

Suppose you have an object rolling down the incline at 30 degrees. Given the point of contact is instantaneously at rest, I decided to analyse torques at that point. Therefore, the only force ...
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How quickly was the Earth rotating 250 million years ago?

The Earth is slowing at a rate of $4.7\times10^{-4}$ miles per second every 100 years due to tidal forces of the moon. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_rotation ...
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Apply force to one end of a rod in space: why not purely translational? [duplicate]

Why does applying force to a rod in space (or any other isolated systems) on one end leads to both translational and rotational motion? Here's my logic: suppose there is a rod in space. We ...
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What would a star look like that was the most oblate possible?

This question about why is the Sun so spherical and it's corresponding answer made me wonder: If some younger stars that are rotating faster than the sun are more oblate, then how oblate are they? ...
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Is it possible to produce gravitational waves artificially?

Why don't they make a ball with irregularities, say the size of a tennis ball, then spin it very rapidly, so it would produce gravitational waves like a spinning star with irregularities on it? Is ...
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Solving for position of a SO(3) rotating object, given the integrable functions for components of angular velocity along the principle axes

Assuming that you have approximated or solved the Euler's Equations for components of angular velocity along its principal axes of inertia $x$, $y$ and $z$ - i.e. in the coordinate system that is ...
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Determining the instantaneous axis of rotation [closed]

Given the following image The question states ,a heavy disc with radius R is rolling down hanging on two non-stretched strings wound around the disc very tightly.THe free ends of the strings are ...
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A Confusion in Rotational Dynamics

I am trying to analyse the following situation using classical mechanical concepts. Consider a a straight rod $AB$ of mass $M$ and length $L$ placed on a frictionless horizontal surface. A force $F$ ...
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Can you explain the dynamic of forces working in the video?

Lifting Against Gravity - Breaking Magic - Discovery Channel In this video, a woman uses Physics, so that it is difficult to lift her off the ground. The explanation that the video gives at the end ...
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rotation behavior of spinning discs

If two discs of equal mass and volume are parallel to each other but not touching, share an axle but using magnetics do not touch it, are not under gravity, and begin to rotate in opposite directions ...