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Angular velocity in body frame to displacement in lab frame?

For the case of a freely spinning symmetric top (no gravity), I derived the following equations, where $\omega_i$ is the angular velocity about a body-fixed axis: $$ \omega_1 = w_1 \cos (w_3 t) $$ $$ ...
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What happens when one uses a blender in zero gravity?

I was recently told by a friend that using a blender type apparatus in a zero gravity environment will act like a centrifuge instead mixing properly. Is this the case? Furthermore, can anyone provide ...
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Why did Einstein allow unphysical objects in his 1906 paper on $E=mc^2$?

In the first part of this paper, Einstein considers a "rigid cylinder", "massless cavity", as well as a "massless carrier mechanism" that is used to transport the massless cavity. These hypothetical ...
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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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Which force acts as centripetal force on gyroscope?

I think I have understood gyroscope in terms of angular momentum and how the torque of gravitational force moves it the way it does. Also I understand the direction in which it would move: What ...
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Is there no rotational mechanics for non rigid body? How do we deal with such situations in real life?

I am in 12th grade right now. We have a chapter on Rotational dynamics in which it is clearly stated that it is for rigid bodies. I understand that, Moment of Inertia will remain constant only for ...
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If I push or hit an object in space will it rotate or move along a straight line?

If I push or hit an object in space (vacuum and no gravitation) in direction what is not going trough its centroid, will it rotate or move along in straight line? I expect that on earth it will ...
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Please help me with this doubt from rotational dynamics

Torque to a magnetic field on a current carrying loop is same with respect to any point in space,is the same true for all force couples acting on any body?
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Angular momentum with respect to the centre of mass

I have been told [Warning: I leave this because it's what I asked and allows to understand the dialogues in the comments, but Azad, whom I thank, has pointed that the formula does not hold in general ...
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How to apply torque impulse

In the below question, can we apply conservation of Angular Momentum? If not, why? Moreover how do we apply Torque impulse to the system ? The contact force between the cylinders will be normal to ...
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Does a potential of interaction produce also torque?

I have a system of particles (spheres with masses and radii), with $6$ degree of freedom (they are free to move and rotate as they wish). Between each couple there is an interaction potential $V(d)$, ...
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Finding angular acceleration from torque

We have to analyze this video Givens: An applied net torque due to the wind on the windmill is equal to 1500 N*m. Each (of the 3) propeller props weighs approximately 45 Kg and has a Moment of ...
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Energy method to solving equations of motion? Why does this method work and what is it called?

Given the stated system in the photo we are suppose to prove simple harmonic motion when given an initial displacement $x$ I first considered the total energy of the system which we will call $H$ ...
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Work done by a friction in rolling

When force is applied on extended objects at some point, the work done by this force on this object $\vec{F} \cdot \vec{dr_{P}}$ where $P$ is the point of application of force. When the object is ...
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Euler's laws - derivation

It looks simple and maybe is easy, but I don't get it. How to obtain the second equality from the first one below? Source: http://emweb.unl.edu/NEGAHBAN/EM373/note19/note19.htm They took ...
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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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What is the momentum change in a Foucault pendulum?

From the wiki page: If the plane of swing was north-south at the outset, it is east-west one sidereal day later. This implies that there has been exchange of momentum; the Earth and the pendulum ...
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How do I experience Earth's movement?

We are told that Earth is spinning on its axis at 1037 mph— something that we don't usually feel because of the environment that moves with us as well. Is there any experiment with which we can know ...
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Reduction of Earth's rotation due to increase in humidity

I came to know that, moon is moving away from earth, resulting reduction of Earth's rotation. Similarly, if Earth's humidity increases, water vapor will be move up to the air from water sources, will ...
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Trying to understand the physical intuition on finding/deriving effective rotation radii of a rigid body

This question is inspired from the answer of this If the rolling is assumed to be without slipping, we can solve the problem by conservation of energy: $$ mg \Delta h = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 + ...
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Simple powertrain dynamics

I'm trying to simulate vehicle powertrain and having problems at calculating correct impulse at the wheel. Here's what I have. Gear Ratio There are two gear ratio in the system $N_g$: ...
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An impulse is given to a sphere out of the center?

I'm wondering what will happen if there is an impulse $J$ given to a sphere mass $M$ out of its center? I'm sure that it will rotate about the center, but what is its translational motion? It will ...
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Precession on a heavy rod: Angular momentum and torque contradiction

Say I got a so massive rod and a relatively light spinning flywheel. Fixing an end on a pivot, and the disk on the other endpoint, as expected, the rod would undergo precession. If we call the plane ...
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Intuitive explanation of rotational inertia with respect to angular momentum

I understand that there are proofs (e.g. proof, another proof) of why the angular momentum about two points for an object is the same. However, could someone give an intuitive explanation of why this ...
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Spinning disk touches stationary disk [closed]

Suppose we have a solid disk of mass $M$ and radius $R$ that is spinning at an angular velocity of $\omega_0$ about an axis going out its cm. It is brought to touch a stationary disk of mass $m$ and ...
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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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Independence of angular momentum with respect to origin for rotation about center of mass

Why is angular momentum for rotation about the center of mass independent of origin of the coordinate system?
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Angular momentum in rotational motion

Ok so there are two things that have completely confused me- things related to angular momentum. 1.)First of all, how can a body possess angular momentum even though it is not rotating? According to ...
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A mass in a rotating tube

A mass rotates on a horizontal surface inside a frictionless hollow tube with a angular velocity omega. The only force acting on it is a force N with which the tube pushes the mass. It is expected ...
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Toppling Of an Object [closed]

I did not understand the following steps regarding calculation of minimum force F required to topple object about point A. Total Torque = Fb - mga/2 If torque>0 then body topples. What i did not ...
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Time dependent ODE involving cross product

Let $\vec{A}$ be any time dependent vector quantity, and $\vec{\alpha}$ any constant vector. I was told that a solution to the differential equation $$ \dot{\vec{A}} = \vec{\alpha}\times\vec{A} $$ is ...
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To prove uniqueness of Rotation Tensor [closed]

How can you prove that a rotation tensor which rotates some given vector is a unique tensor? Let's say we have a vector 'a' and we take a tensor product of that vector with some tensor 'Z' such that: ...
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Is this equation for the rotational weight of a half disk correct? [closed]

I need to know what rotational force the weight of this disk applies to the axle. I'm not sure what the units are, whether it's torque or something else I'm looking for. The weight of the disk is ...
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Why does an ice hockey stick, when thrown on ice always rotate and translate together before coming to rest? Why not only rotate or only translate?

When a hockey stick is thrown on ice it simultaneously rotates and translates before stopping. Friction probably plays the main role here, along with the shape of the stick. I think maybe it is due to ...
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Moment of inertia of a body

I found the relation,$I=2\cdot T_\text{rot}$, where $I$ is the moment of inertia and $T_\text{rot}$ is the kinetic energy of rotation. Does moment of inertia depend on angular velocity? If it depends, ...
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How can a particle in circular motion be in translational motion?

I came across this: If a particle is moving in a circle it is in pure rotational motion about the centre of the circle, while for a moment it may be in pure translational motion about some other ...
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Cause of centripetal acceleration in a ring

Suppose a ring is rotating in space with an angular velocity $\omega .$ Then each element of the ring is having an acceleration of $m\omega^2 r$ ($r$ is the radius of the ring) but what force is ...
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Why is it difficult to ride a bicycle with a partially inflated or deflated tyre?

It is a common observation that riding a bicycle with an inflated tyre is easier than riding one with a deflated tyre but why is it so? As per my knowledge in an ideal case of no deformation in ...
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How easily can the Earth flip?

The recent media attention to sunspot activity (however warranted) reminds me of a question I had long ago. Given the angular momentum and the slight 'wobble' of the earth, and remembering the ...
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Angular Velocity of Semicircle [closed]

In a 2-Dimensional world, a semicircle with center O, mass M and radius r is placed on the ground, with C as the point of contact. A small beetle of mass $m$ is placed at C which starts walking ...
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Is the angular momentum vector parallel to the rotation axis in this system?

I want to clear up an ambiguity that seems to exist in my textbook. I am told that a rotating body will have an angular momentum vector parallel to the rotation axis only if the rotation axis is ...
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Moment of inertia meaning?

Why is the formula for calculating the moment of inertia this integral $$ \int r^2 dm~? $$ I understand the way we derived this formula from looking at the distribution of kinetic energy of a ...
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Area moment of inertia of regular $n$-gons over polygon center $O$

Is it possible to consider the regular polygons ($n$-gons) as deformed circles and use a pseudo-polar coordinate system to calculate their moment of inertia over its center $O$. Inasmuch as I know (I ...
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Mechanics principle

When two forces of equal magnitude, opposite in direction and parallel act on an object, the object will rotate without having translational speed. On the other hand, when three concurrent forces ...
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Calculating torque required to keep an object rotating

I am hoping someone can help me clear up my understanding on rotational dynamics. In particular, how to determine the torque required to keep an object rotating. My understanding (please tell me if ...
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Direction of static friction in inclined rolling motion

I can't seem to understand in which direction static friction faces for inclined plane motion with rolling motion. This considers rolling motion without slipping, how do i find the direction of the ...
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Hamiltonian is conserved, but is not the total mechanical energy

I wondering about the interpretation for the energy difference between the Hamiltonian and the total mechanical energy for systems where the Hamiltonian is conserved, but it is not equal to the total ...
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What are our limitations on spinning a baseball sized 5 kg sphere to really fast speeds?

I know the limitation of the ball being able to hold itself together, lets assume that would not be an issue. If we were to apply a constant force over long enough time would anything short of the ...
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If I toss a coin, vertically, on the surface of Mars, will it land back in my hand?

When I toss a coin in Mars, is the planets atmosphere rare enough that I'd rotate with the planet (at its angular velocity), but not the coin?
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Man walking on the rotating platform [closed]

The problem is: The solid cylindrical platform with mass $M$ and radius $R$ rotates with angular frequency $\omega$. On the edge of the platform there is a standing man with mass $m$. Then man ...