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

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Appearing To Reverse Object's Rotation

Can it be done, and if so, how does one you explain mathematically the ability to cause a rotating object to appear to change the direction of rotation? I believe it has something to do with angular ...
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How to know the time a disc takes to stop from rotating and the numbers of revolutions

Assuming I rotate a disk, I want to know how long it takes to completely stop, and the number of revolutions it made since I removed my fingers off the disk. Lets say a DVD I rotate with my fingers. ...
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A hypothetical question on mechanics

Being located in a tropical region, I am quite acquainted with the Ceiling fan. I have a question about it. If the top, that is, the axle (I'm not sure of the terminology: I mean the part which is ...
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Torque, and the Law of the Lever

How fundamental is the Law of the Lever? It seems that we simply define torque as being $r \times F$, if that's the case, then torque isn't a derived quantity, is it? Something like the Law of the ...
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Velocity of hitting the ground when falling forward

A friend of mine fell while he was snowboarding which led to a discussion. He mentioned that, in general, if your center of mass is traveling at a certain velocity, and you fall forward, your head ...
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Where does a spinning figure skater's energy go when she slows down?

Today in physics class we were talking about angular momentum and rotational kinetic energy. My teacher used the classic example of a figure skater spinning on ice - when she pulls her arms in, her ...
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Centripetal force in frame of reference of body moving In a circle

Suppose a body is moving in a circle about a fixed point. In the frame of reference of the body, is the centripetal force felt or is only the centrifugal force felt? More generally, does a body only ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane

I've been trying to solve this problem: A cylinder is rolling down an inclined plane (angle between plane and horizon α). Coefficient of friction is µ. What is the translational and angular speed of ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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Why is an electric motor more efficient at higher loads?

My question is driven by the plot below. We see that acceptable operating range of a motor is between 50-100% of the rated load. Below 40% or so the efficiency of the motor drops off dramatically. ...
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How do the energy eigenvalues of rotational degrees of freedom in statistical mechanics come about?

I want to understand the hierarchy different degrees of freedom of a mechanical system. Specifically, I want to understand which subsystems equibrilate faster and why. This question comes up: Why ...
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Meaning of angular velocity in a rotating system

When you study the motion of a rigid body you have $\vec\omega$, the vector associated to angular velocity. In the case you are using Euler angles and want a quick formula for the rotational kinetic ...
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Synchronising the Earth's rotation via mass redistribution

How much material would have to be moved per year from mountain-tops to valleys in order to keep the Earth's rotation synchronised with UTC, thus removing the need for leap seconds to be periodically ...
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Lean angle of a turning bicycle

I'm asked to derive a relationship for the leaning angle of a bicycle with the following specs: Center of gravity for bike and rider is a distance $L$ above the ground when vertical, and the total ...
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The rotating movement of an asteroid

I almost all movies where you could see an animation about an asteroid, they move in a very distinct way. I don't know how to explain better, but I think what we can see in the movies is that the ...
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Torque for a door

The question is: A door is hinged at one end and is free to rotate about a vertical axis. Does its weight cause any torque about this axis? Give reason for your answer. I think that the answer ...
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Disk and Ball on a smooth surface [closed]

A uniform disk of mass $\text{2m}$ and radius $\text{R}$ is placed freely on a smooth surface as shown in the figure. A particle of mass $\text{m}$ is connected to the circumference of the disc with a ...
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Coin on an turntable | Exact description of forces [closed]

Does more static friction between coin and turntable means that more it will slip off Or Just Exactly opposite of it.When I make picture of situation in my brain I am getting first statement but I ...
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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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Cayley-Klein Parameters

I have a very simple question(I guess )to ask $$\frac{d\mathbf{m}}{dt}= \mathbf{C} \times \mathbf{m}$$ where $\mathbf{m}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ are vectors. Assume that $\mathbf{C}$ is constant over a ...
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Ideally speaking, will a rolling disk with no slipping come to a stop because of friction from the ground?

Consider a rotating disk on a horizontal plane with static friction. The contact point of the disk with the plane has null instantaneous velocity. Assuming the center of the disk has fixed $v_0$ ...
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Why is body frame angular velocity nonzero?

This question is relevant to Euler's angles and Euler's equations for a rigid body. Why aren't $\omega_1$, $\omega_2$ and $\omega_3 = 0$ in the body frame? How can we measure $\vec\omega$?
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Calculating Rotational Inertia Using Parallel Axis Theorem

I am working on the following physics problem and have run into some trouble The figure above shows particles $1$ and $2$, each of mass $m$, attached to the ends of a rigid massless rod of ...
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Is there an upper limit on the radius of a rotating wheel?

Is there an upper limit on the radius of a real wheel which is rotating at an Angular frequency of $\,\omega \,$ along its axis, such that we just require a finite amount of energy to rotate it? ...
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Why are Euler's equations of motion coupled? Physical explanation

I have a problem with one of my study questions for an oral exam: Euler’s equation of motion around the $z$ axis in two dimensions is $I_z\dot{\omega}_z = M_z$, whereas it in three dimensions is ...
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Effect of surface treatment on fair dice

If I have a perfectly balanced and thus fair cubic die, then polish 3 adjacent faces (so that their coefficient of friction is effectively zero) and roughen the remaining faces (so that their ...
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Why do balls in a spinning ellipsoid move to the minor axis plane?

There is a question concerning the Physics of a small child's tall that has been bothering me for some time now. I have investigated this to a small degree, but I have not been able to find a ...
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Why are the principal axes about the center of mass of a cube perpendicular to its faces?

I have calculated the moment of inertia tensor of a cube about its center of mass: $I=\dfrac{1}{6}Mb^2\{1\}$ where $\{1\}$ is the identity matrix. So the principal moments of inertia are all 1 (1 is ...
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If direction of torque is upwards(or downwards), why does the body rotate perpendicular to the direction?

We know torque is given by $$\vec{\tau} = \vec{r} \times \vec{F}$$ . Its direction is given by right-hand rule which says that torque acts perpendicular to the plane where force applied and position ...
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Rolling of a disk and sphere

I am confused regarding the fact that when a disk is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping and similarly a solid sphere is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping then the sphere has ...
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Rotation from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics

I apologize for the ambiguity in my title. It was rather difficult to figure out what is the most appropriate title for my questions. My questions come from chapter 4 and chapter 5 of Goldstein, ...
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Falling off a chair, how best to save yourself

If I consider a man sitting on an office chair that reclines backwards iff you lean backwards. What could be done to prevent hin from falling? a) raising his legs till they are parallel to ground. ...
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Push a box in a plane with friction. How to deal with the rotation?

Suppose I have a box (say, length-1m, width-1m, height-0.5m) on the plane with friction. I can apply a horizontal force in on the surface of the box. If the force doesn't pass through the center of ...
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Sign wrong in angular momentum (Quantum Mechanics)

For small angles $\theta$ the rotation along a particular axis $n$ is given by $R(n,\theta)(r)=Id+ \theta (n \times r)+ o(\epsilon)$. Now, the rotation operator in Quantum Mechanics is given by ...
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Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road

Suppose a wheel with radius $R$ is resting on a non-inclined surface. A torque $\tau$ is applied to the wheel center. In an attempt to prevent wheel from spinning, the ground applies a static friction ...
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Does the Magnitude of the Drag Coefficient on a Rectangular Prism vary with Rotation?

I have a question about the drag coefficient in the drag equation. Let's say I have a rectangular prism oriented such that, looking down on it, the long side is parallel to the y-axis. Moving forward ...
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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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Mechanics of a rolling drum

I have no clue on how to approach this. The professor only discussed centripetal acceleration and angular velocity (As in $2πr\over T$ $= ωr$). Does the acceleration along the axis of the drum act ...
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Rotating spring system: Is my intuition correct?

Consider a solid spherical object of uniform density that is rotating on an axis A1. Perpendicular to that axis one can draw another line that passes through the sphere. On this axis, on both sides of ...
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Deriving $T = F\ r = I\alpha$ for a rigid body

For a single point mass : $\tau=F_{t}r=ma_tr=(m r^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ For multiple point masses bound together : $\sum \tau_i = (m_ir_i^2)\alpha = I\alpha$ But how do we go from that to $I\alpha = ...
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Optimal door opening

This is a problem that has been periodically bugging me, so I finally decided to work on it. I haven't done any physics since high school, so I'm a bit out of practice: Consider a doorway with two ...
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Transform torque from Euler angles to infinitesimal Cartesian rotations

For a certain pair of rigid bodies, I have the gradient of energy in terms of Euler angles. I want to transform this gradient to the gradient of energy in terms of rotations about the $x, y, z$ axes ...
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How does the resistance force on a rolling ball depend on the ball radius?

A billiard ball set gently rolling on a billiard table slows and stops, because it is decelerated by resistance forces at the contact between the ball and table. I expect the magnitude of the ...
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Ideal 2D Unicycle Kinematics

A particle is connected to a massive wheel by a rigid rod. The wheel can roll without slipping on a horizontal surface. The particle is free to rotate around the centre of the wheel. I believe the ...
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Normal force in a compound pendulum (physical pundulum) system?

Consider a compound pendulum pivoted about a fixed horizontal axis, illustrated by the force diagram on the right: # Okay, I can't figure out where the normal force on the pendlum should point ...
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Realistic projectile motion

I am working on a project involving a simulation of the motion of a projectile (in 3D) aimed at a moving target. The way projectile motion is analyzed in most introductory physics books is not ...
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Relation of angular speed of a rigid body to Euler's Angles

My Question was like this and i have realised few things and still have some doubts I have a book in which a paragraph goes like this Now, $\dot\phi$, $\dot \theta$, $\dot\psi$ are respectively ...
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Ball Rolling Down An Inclined Plane - Where does the torque come from?

There is a ball rolling down an incline, with no slipping. If we consider the point of contact between the ball and the inclined plane to be the pivot point (for our torque calculations), then I have ...
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Increase in kinetic energy as some one walks to the centre of a merry-go-round?

When someone walks to the directly centre of a merry-go-round the total kinetic energy of the merry-go-round and person system increases. (assuming the kinetic energy due to the person walking to the ...
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Sum of energy from torques of several disks in double rotation [closed]

Here the study: An external system (not drawn) give energy for rotate disks around themselves and around green axis. All disks have energy at start, at $t=0$ friction is ON and at $t=0$ external ...