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

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What is the origin of spin of celestial objects?

In an older question from June 2011, Why does each celestial object spin on its own axis?, apparently revived by the system, a user is asking about the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies. The ...
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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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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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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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$F=ma$ 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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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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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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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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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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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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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} ...
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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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Cause of rolling friction

Can you explain the cause of rolling friction? Can you tell me why, while driving a bicycle, there is less rolling friction when its tyres are fully inflated?
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Rotation systems. Problem interpreting an equation

In this equation: $$ \mathbf a_i\overset{\rm def}{=}\left(\frac{d^2\mathbf r}{dt^2}\right)_i=\left(\frac{d\mathbf ...
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When conserving angular momentum, about which point(s) should it be calculated?

In my physics problem I have a ball fired at a non fixed bar, which is moving at some velocity, causing them both to stick together and the bar-ball pair to rotate about the new center of mass. About ...
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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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Has a body angular momentum and torque only in a circular path?

In different contexts, my book(Principles of Physics by Resnick, Halliday ,Walker) , they wrote For torque, the path need no longer be a circle and we must write the torque as a vector ...
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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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Does a tire need to slip to generate force?

Recently, I have been doing some research on racing and tire modelling. While I was doing this, I encountered many curves like those shown below. While I understand the need of slip angles to ...
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Rotational dynamics about a point or an axis?

In several books and sites, its written that torque is calculated about an axis and angular momentum is calculated about a point. In MIT's Angular momentum lecture pdf, Angular momentum has been ...
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What forces cause the centripetal acceleration in circular motion on a merry-go-round?

Suppose you stand on a merry-go-round spinning at $f$ revolutions per second and you are $R$ meters from the center. What forces act on you? If you were tied to a rope like in Fig 2 you would follow ...
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Can moment of inertia be negative? [closed]

Q: Find out the moment of inertia of a uniform circular disc of radius $r$ & mass $M$ & the axis passes through a point on the circumference. My attempt: Let the axis passes through $O$ on ...
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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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Can moment of inertia be defined as function of mass?

For continuous bodies, moment of inertia is found as $$ \int dI = \int_{m_i}^{m_f} r^2(m) .dm$$ . Now, $$\int dx = \int_{u_i}^{u_f} f(u).du \implies X_f(u) = \int_{u_i} ^{u_f} f(u) .du + X_i(u)$$ , ...
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Computing lengths for a rotating rod

I know how to assign dimensions to a profile that is under static loading - that is under Mechanics of Materials, I would agree on a beam section, calculate the maximum moment and use the elasticity ...
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Optical illusion of car wheels, speeding up [duplicate]

Perhaps it is some free moving spinner attached to the wheel, but as opposed to this question: Why does the wheel of a car appear to be moving in opposite direction? I have seen car wheels that appear ...
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Minimum angular velocity for circular motion (pendulum)

How can I show that there is a minimum angular velocity $\omega_{min}$, different from zero, such that if we chose an $\omega$ smaller than $\omega_{min}$, then it is not possible to have a circular ...
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Why does an unhinged body rotate about its centre of mass?

If a force is applied to a body which does not act through its centre of mass, it rotates about its centre of mass and not any other point. Why?
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Rotation and fictitious forces

A bug eats through an apple and forms a vertical, infinitesimally thin canal parallel to the vertical diameter at a distance $\frac{R}{2}$ from the center. The apple rotates at angular velocity around ...
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Why do some objects tend to change their axis of rotation while rotating?

This question struck me a few minutes back, I was at a table with a pear. It was more narrow than round.I proceeded to rotate this pear in one swift movement. It rotated for a few seconds, and ...
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Flipping a bottle

I tried to do this experiment recently at school and my house. I started the experiment by having three same type of bottles with the labels A,B and C. Bottle A has been fully filled with water, ...
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How to prove the relation between the rate of change of a vector in space coordinate and in body coordinate?

I'm learning Goldstein's classical mechanics, and in chapter 4.9 he prove such an operator equation $(\frac{d}{dt})_s=(\frac{d}{dt})_r+\omega \times$ In the proof, he takes the space and body axes as ...
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How to approximate lag of roll of a bird (or RC airplane)?

When an airplane rolls using ailerons, the ailerons itself are changing their state quite instantly. However, in order for the airplane to actually start to roll, it should take a considerable amount ...
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Force and Torque being applied off-center due to magnetic forces [duplicate]

Say that I have two magnetic dipoles, one of which is rigidly attached to a freely movable inflexible body at some point that is not at the body's center of mass, while the other is fixed in space. ...
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Rigid bar on the floor of a rotating space station

I read this in a comment to an answer in physics.stackexchange.com. The comment was An easier method might be to just place a straight, rigid beam on the floor. If you find the floor is concave, ...
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Most general gyroscope motion [duplicate]

In Kleppner & Kolenkow's Introduction to Mechanics (Amazon link), the general gyroscope motion including nutation was derived using the approximation condition $\Omega T \ll 1$ where $\Omega$ is ...
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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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In a circular pendulum, where does the equation $v=\sqrt{rg\tan{\alpha}}$ come from? [closed]

In a circular pendulum the $v$ of the particle is $$v=\sqrt{gr\tan{\theta}}$$ where $r$ is the radius and $g$ is the gravity(positive sign), which is equal to ...
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A question about a body moving in horizontal circular motion

I have some related questions about a body moving in uniform horizontal circular motion: The body moves with a constant angular velocity on a rough horizontal surface. It is attached to a string that ...
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Degrees of Freedom for an Asymmetric top

How many degrees of freedom does an asymmetric top have if it is rotating about a fixed point?What are the generalised coordinates used then?
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Physical meaning of the angular momentum

Still reading Classical Mechanics by Goldstein, I'm struggling on a very basic notion: angular momentum. I physically understand it as the momentum of an object rotating around something given a ...
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Can a car steer on a frictionless surface?

Do the front tires of a car act like gyroscopes, such that a car could steer on a frictionless surface?
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Does a rotating plank only acquire rotational kinetic energy?

I have another doubt with a Kleppner problem :(. A thin plank of mass M and length l is pivoted at one end. The plank is released at 60$^{\circ}$ from the vertical. What is the magnitude and ...
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Problem in understanding the process of calculating the rotational inertia

As we know, rotational inertia is the mass-equivalent in rotation. For a discrete body, it is measured as $$I = \sum m_i{r_i}^2 $$ . But when a continuous body comes, $$I = \int r^2 .dm$$ which ...