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

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Would a black hole's rotational axis precess in orbit around the sun?

The earth rotates, and its axis of rotation precesses due to the gravitational pull of the sun and moon and other planets upon the mass of the earth. If an earth-sized, rotating black hole was in ...
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How does a wheel balance itself during circular motion? [duplicate]

A wheel (or any ring of considerable mass) hardly balances itself when it is placed vertically on ground, but when we roll it along the ground it balances itself. What causes this effect? I guess its ...
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Tricky conceptual question: ball sliding and rolling down incline [closed]

We all are familiar with the classic ball rolling down the incline exercise in rotational dynamics. Here is quite a tricky conceptual problem: You have an incline of fixed height, but the angle of ...
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Determine the value of $g$ with rolling ball

At first, I thought the value of $g$ ($9.8m/s^2$) could be determined simply by placing a ball at the top of a ramp at a known height. The ball was released with no initial velocity, and the final ...
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Rotation of Thin street sign

I am attempting to complete a home question in which a shop sign in the shape of a thin rectangle of size p x q (with q being the longer side), and mass m, that rotates about an axis that passes ...
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Rotation matrix in yo-yo problem?

I need to solve the yo-yo problem not in the normal sense. Instead, I need to include the position vector $r$ and rotation matrix $R$. Assume the yo-yo is rotating in the plane. In the problem yo-yo ...
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Compute the inertial tensor and then solve the equation? [closed]

If the $J_{\Omega}$ is the following matrix, which is solved by ja72 in How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$ of a body of revolution: $${\bf J} = \rho\, \begin{bmatrix} ...
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Can we get energy from the Earth's rotation?

Is there any way to harvest large amounts of energy from the Earth's rotation?
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An object is placed on an inclined plane. Does it roll? [closed]

An object is placed on in inclined plane. There may or may not be friction, your choice. My question is, how do we figure out whether or not it rolls? For example a sphere rolls but a cube doesn't.
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How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$ of a body of revolution

Suppose that $\Omega$ is a body of revolution of the function $y=f(x), a\le x \le b$ around the $x$-axis, where $f(x)>0$ is continuous. How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$? ...
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Second Law for Rotational Motion

Moment of inertia is analogous to mass, and angular acceleration is analogous to linear acceleration. What is analogous quantity to net force? In other words, what is moment of inertia*angular ...
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Lagrangian when there are gyroscopic effects

I'm having trouble with this: We have a system that consists of a thin rod (approx. 1-dimensional) and a disk. The rod is free to oscillate in a plane with one of its ending points fixed. The disk is ...
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How the torque/moment-of-force can be mathematically defined?

Given the definition of torque/moment-of-force $\mathbf F$ applied in $P$ with respect to the pole $O$ $$ \mathbf M_O=\vec{OP}\times\mathbf F $$ and given that the vectors $\vec{OP}$ and $\mathbf F$ ...
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Why is it harder to flip my cell phone about one axis than the other two? [duplicate]

There are three ways (three differenent axis about which) I can flip my cell phone - over the front (like a frontflip), about the center (like a disc of pizza dough being spun by a baker), and over ...
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When does the 'standard' angular velocity formula not hold?

I have read that the formula for angular velocity: $$\dot {\vec r}=\vec \omega \times\vec r \tag{1}$$ does not hold in some situations, but the book does not specify what situation so please could you ...
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Finding the centripetal force at any random point in a wheel which is rotating as well as translating

If we have a wheel which is decelerating due to friction with acceleration $-A$ and angular acceleration $-\alpha$, and we want to find the acceleration at any point, then we can simply find it using ...
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Rod rotated by elastic string [closed]

A uniform rod $AB$ of length 2m and mass 1kg, has a mass of 1kg attached at $B$. It can rotate freely about a horizontal axis through $A$. The end $B$ is attached by means of a light elastic string ...
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The storage of kinetic energy in a flywhell?

I am reading a book on physics demonstrations and problems, and one of the problems deals with a flywheel which rotates at maximum angular speed. The density of the flywheel is uniform and the ...
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How to get from momentum to force

Situation: I have a solid object (black) attached to a rod (blue) as shown below: The rod is fixed at the top. The solid object is a cylinder as shown, with a rate of rotation ...
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Pure Rolling from a stationary surface onto a moving surface

Suppose a sphere rolls without slipping on horizontal stationary ground. Now, suppose the sphere rolls onto a surface which is moving at some velocity with respect to the previous stationary ground. ...
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Can center of mass move without any force?

For instance, consider a weight on one end of the ring. Assume that the ring has negligible mass compared to the weight. When the weight splits into two, moves around the ring and recombines at the ...
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Acceleration of ball rolling down incline

Suppose you have some object (which can roll like a ball,cylinder,wheel,etc) rolling down an incline without slipping (moment of intertia $I=kmr^2$. I want to find the accleration of the ball as it ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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How would an observer feel the Einstein Thirring Lense Effect?

The Einstein Thirring Lense Effect, also known as Frame Dragging, is what happens when cellestial bodies have rotation. It states that when a body of mass is rotating around an axis it drags space and ...
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Rolling as pure rotation

In my book the following statement was written and I didn't understand it well. Can anyone explain it in a more simple way? Figure 11-6 suggests another way to look at the rolling motion of a ...
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Newton's Second law of Rotation

In my book (Halliday Resnick Walker) there is a solved example which is as follows There is a uniform disk with mass $M$ = 2.5kg and radius $R$ = 20cm, mounted on a fixed horizontal axle. A block ...
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How to calculate time from different instantaneous velocities and accelerations?

I have a closing door, that moves from angle 75 to angle 5. Torque acting on that door at each angle is known -of course differs at each angle- I want to calculate the time required for that door to ...
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How's equilibrium possible here?

Here's the question.......Two point masses $m$ and $2m$ are attached at each end of a light rod. The rod is pivoted at the center and is free to move in a vertical plane. Then find the angle $A$ when ...
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Is the distance involved in calculating angular momentum to an axis or a point?

I'm a high school student.I still don't really understand angular momentum and moment of inertia. I know the moment of inertia of a point mass is defined as $mr^2$. For any other shape, we integrate ...
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Why to use radius of gyration? [closed]

I know the definition of radius of gyration. But don't know why does it mean? What are the importances of it? Is it similiar to centre of mass?
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Why doesn't the ball have rotational energy after it leaves the ramp?

I am having trouble solving #13 from the 2010 F=MA contest: A ball of mass $M$ and radius $R$ has a moment of inertia of $I = \frac{2}{5}MR^2$. The ball is released from rest and rolls down the ...
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Is work done in rolling friction?

I am confused by rolling friction. Suppose you have a cylinder rolling which starts at rest at the top of an incline plane and begins to roll down the plane without slipping. Is work done by the ...
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How to solve this rotational mechanics problem? [duplicate]

I was doing this problem for self study in rotational dynamics: Two discs are mounted on thin, lightweight rods oriented through their centers and normal to the discs. These axles are constrained ...
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Torque at a disc sandwiched between two rotating discs

I have a question in my mind regarding torque transfer taking place in the current situation. There are three rotation elements A, B & C as shown in the figure. The rotating element A is ...
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$F=ma$ contest problem on angular momentum [closed]

Problem #25 from the 2009 $F=ma$ contest: Two discs are mounted on thin, lightweight rods oriented through their centers and normal to the discs. These axles are constrained to be vertical at all ...
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Changing Earth angle of revolution

As a follow-up to the two previous questions What is the scientific reason for the inclination of earth's rotation axis? and How much effort would be required to fix the Earth's rotation? ...
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Transfer between translative KE and rotational KE in a rigid body

I have been inspired by some sci-fi cannons that seem to operate by initially spinning up a projectile inside the cannon, and then suddenly firing the projectile out at high speed. Now, I am wondering ...
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Angular Velocity at different points on a rigid body [duplicate]

Why is it that Angular Velocity of a body about any point the same ? Eg: If a rod hinged at one end rotates with an angular velocity W the angular velocity about its center is also W. Also is it ...
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Unfurling a toilet paper roll in the ISS

Consider a toilet paper roll floating ISS. Can an astronaut unfurl the roll only by pulling the loose end of paper (and not holding the rest of the roll in place, for example by using his finger as an ...
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Protoplanetary disks, angular momentum and prograde orbits

So you've got a protoplanetary disk and you're going to gravitate yourself some planets together. The disk is made up of the usual planetary system stuff, dust and gas and whatnot, orbiting a common ...
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Rigid Body Dynamics - Calculating Rotation of an Object

I've looked everywhere and I can't quite find a concise answer, especially due to my limited knowledge and understanding of terminology. I found something called Rodrigues' Rotation Formula that ...
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Rotational Inertia of a Disc and Subsequent Acceleration

This is more of a conceptual problem as opposed to anything wrong with the maths! (I think/I hope! :) ) But essentially the problem states: imagine a circular flat disc of radius $R$ and of mass ...
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Thought Experiment: spinning ping-pong ball on International Space Station. What would Happen?

A ping-pong ball with a certain vector and rotation/spin in zero G, 1 atmosphere. If you did this experiment in a space station would the ball 'orbit in a circular fashion. or "Can you throw a ...
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What rotates a door : torque or centripetal force?

I can realize that they are different, but can't understand what actually creates a rotational motion. Rotational motion doesn't mean just moving in a circle. There must be rotation of the position ...
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Transmissibility

An extract from a school maths mechanics textbook reads: To deal with cases in which the body is not rotating freely under gravity, we need to take into account also the work done by other ...
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An unwinding cable problem [closed]

Suppose a light cable is wrapped around a solid cylinder with mass $M$ and radius $R$. The cylinder rotates with no friction about a stationary horizontal axis. The free end of the cable is attached ...
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How to get the linear and angular acceleration generated by a force vector field?

I am working on a physics simulation and I have to calculate the angular acceleration in degrees per seconds squared around the point on the object located relatively to the center of a vector field ...
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Coupled wheel and rod (analytical mechanics) [closed]

I am struggling with formulating the equations of motion. Consider a coordinate system with origin in $O$ ($y$ upwards and $x$ to the right), label the center of mass of rod $AB$ with $G$ then: ...
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Running Euler's disk in a superfluid

I was considering the toy Euler's Disk, a video can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVl2CBG_h2s I was interested in understanding the behavior of the disk particularly in vacuum and in ...
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Rotational KE in double pendulum

Why the Rotational Kinetic Energy term for the point mass of Kinetic Energy for double pendulum is not included in Lagrangian equation? \begin{align} ...