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

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Freebody diagram for an object rolling up a frictionless incline?

I am confused about the direction of the force that causes the ball to come to rest once it reaches maximum height for a ball rolling up a frictionless incline. I understand that the translational ...
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Pulley inertia momentum of inertia

Considering a pulley with some mass, or some friction, How can its inertia (or momentum of inertia) influence the tension on 1 rope? Which part of the rope is influenced? Before or after the pulley?
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Conservation of momentum (angular and translational) [closed]

A ring of radius $R$ and mass $M$ lies on its side on a frictionless table. A bug of mass $m$ rests on the ring. The bug starts walking on the ring with constant speed $v$ relative to the ring. ...
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Strength of the centrifugal force

Let's say you're on a roundabout. When you're radially further away from the roundabout would you feel more centrifugal force or less? I feel like intuitively you'd feel less, but from the actual ...
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Optimal size for a bike tire

While I was riding my bike funnily enough I wondered if there was an optimal size for a bike wheel. So I suppose that is my question, What is the optimal size for a bike wheel? If the bike accelarates ...
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Build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form

I've been told that one could build rotational Hamiltonian based on Lagrangian of general form: $\mathcal{L} = \mathcal{L} (\vec{\Omega})$. By introducing Euler angles one could rewrite Lagrangian in ...
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Principal axis of inertia parallel to the ones passing through the center of mass

Consider a rigid body and the (at least) three axes of inertia passing through its center of mass. Will any other axis not passing through the center of mass but parallel to one of the principal axes ...
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Parallel axis theorem and Koenig theorem for angular momentum

Are the parallel axis theorem and the Koenig theorem for angular momentum linked with each other in rigid body dynamics? The parallel axis theorem states that $$I_{z}=I_{cm}+ma^2$$ Koenig theorem ...
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Spinning a string with a mass on the end. What makes the mass rotate parallel to the ground? [closed]

Say you use your hand to rotate a string with a mass attached to the end. The string will first become taunt and then the mass and string will move upwards until they are spinning parallel to the ...
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Why moment equilibrium must be calculated around the center in this problem?

Consider this problem, which ask for the value of the two normal forces (friction is negligible). Easy, right? You calculate the moments around G, the center of mass, and equate them to 0 (the ...
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Derivative of angular momentum of rigid body

I found this equation that describes the change in angular momentum $\vec{L}$ of a rigid body rotating about a fixed point $O$. $I_o$ is the moment of inertia of the body with respect to the axis of ...
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Spheres collide with merry-go-round [closed]

Four spheres, with uniform densities $\rho_1, \rho_2, \rho_3, \rho_4$ and radii $r_1, r_2, r_3, r_4$, respectively, roll without slipping with constant velocities $v_1, v_2, v_3, v_4$ along tracks ...
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Angular momentum in rolling about the point of contact

A cylinder of mass 5 kg and radius 10 cm is moving on a horizontal surface with velocity of centre of mass 5 m/s towards right and angular speed 10 rad/s (clockwise) . Find the angular momentum of the ...
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Relative angular momentum?

Let there be a point $P$. A point $C$ is located at a radius vector $r$ from $P$. $C$ is the centre of mass of a rigid body. The rigid body is rotating with an angular velocity $\omega$ about an axis $...
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Rolling without slipping in absence of friction force

I'm confused about a rolling without slipping situation. Suppose to have a disk of radius $R$ on a floor, and exert a horizontal force at a certain distance $r$ from the center of mass. I would like ...
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Why does a ceiling fan start up slowly? [closed]

I think it probably has something to do with the capacitor inside but I don't get it why doesn't it just Start spinning instantly when we push the button why does it slowly start to spin and gradually ...
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Why doesn't a swing make a full revolution on a swingset in a park? [closed]

I'm familiar with the concept of swinging of a swing in a park, but I'm confused why it doesn't it swing at a complete circle around the center bar?
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Finding the force exerted by a mass at different contact points

Okay so I've been doing a math assignment on torque which has to have real-world applications so I've gone off on a massive tangent trying to incorporate physics principles and trying to get them as ...
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Angular acceleration of rigid body due to a torque

For the rotation of a rigid body about a fixed axis $z$ the following holds. $$ \vec{τ_z}= \frac{d \vec{L_z}} {dt} =I_z \vec{α} \tag{1}$$ Where $ \vec{τ_z}$ is the component parallel to the axis $...
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What is the moment of inertia really?

Is moment of inertia or second moment of inertia, simply the resistance of a body to rotate it over an axis? What is radius of gyration? What if the axis is via the center of mass or somewhere ...
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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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What is the velocity vector of a spinning hoop as view from the ground?

Original Question: I've calculated a) and b) My issue is with parts c) and d). I understand that v= 1.56 m/s for the translational motion and that the velocity vector should be the sum of the ...
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Instantaneous axis of rotation of a rigid body

For the description of rigid body motion, any point $O$ of the rigid body could be taken as reference, since the velocity of a generic point $P$ can be written in function of the angular velocity $\...
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Definition of translational , rotational , rolling motion

What are the exact definitions of pure translational , pure rotational and rolling motion ? I am a class 11th student ... I find it difficult to exactly make a difference between translational , ...
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Why do two rolls with the same mass but different moments of inertia roll different distances?

Imagine two rolls with the same diameter and mass. The mass of one roll is concentrated to the center of the roll while the mass of the other roll is concentrated to the edge of the roll. If the two ...
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Massless ladder against a frictionless wall [closed]

I am confused by a review problem for my physics course. I keep getting a different answer from the solution (which was given to us) and not sure what I am missing. A massless ladder has a length of $...
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Hard drive disk seems to “move” its weight when running

I have an external box for hard drives and plugged a broken hard disk to it. Then I turned it on and took it in hand. Now, if I gently tilt and turn the box on its axis, the weight seems to "go" in ...
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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 ...