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

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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 ...
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Why does a rolling disc topple less easily than a standing one?

If a force is applied perpendicular to the surface of a disc it topples sideways. Also, a stationary disc topples more easily than a rolling one. The explanations I've seen for this state that since ...
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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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How torque and friction cause wheel to roll

I apologize if this question has been answered before, but I did not find the explanation that I needed. If a torque is applied to a wheel situated on a frictional surface, what forces cause the ...
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Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller?

Why does dust stick to rotating fan propeller? Intuitively, most people (including I) think of the dust will not stick to rotating fan propellers. EDIT 1: Thank you for the great explanations. I am ...
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What motion can emerge in a still universe? [duplicate]

I consider a very large non homogeneous cloud of dust in isolation. No external gravitational interactions. It is initially completely still and start collapsing under the its own gravity. Can the ...
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Why do we add the spin angular velocity and orbital anglar velocity when asked to calculate total angular velocity of Gyroscope?

Normally when we talk of angular velocity we mean how the angle of a vector changes with time with respect to an origin.Thus the oribital angular velocity of gyroscope makes sense to me.However I find ...
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Why are centrifuge space-station designs not a reality? [duplicate]

Considering how useful it could be for the crew of a space station to have at their disposal a 1g environment (or more) at the rim to a 0g environment at the axis of rotation, why aren't modern space ...
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Rotational Mechanics: Conservation of Angular Momentum

Consider a case where a person stands on top of a rotating disk. The disc is given to rotate at a constant rate. There are two possible movements of the man: He moves away from the center: In this ...
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Rolling without slipping [closed]

A uniform, solid cylinder of mass $m$ and radius $r$ rolls without slipping down a plane, inclined at an angle $θ$ to the horizontal. You may assume, without proof, that the moment of inertia of ...
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Friction and work from torque

I would like to understand where is the error in the third case, for that I gave 2 easier cases where I'm able to find the energy from heating is equal to the energy lost by torque. Case 1/ Purple ...
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Why does each celestial object spin on its own axis?

AFAIK all the celestial objects have a spin motion around its axis. What is the reason for this? If it must rotate by some theory, what decides it's direction and speed of rotation? Is there any ...
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What prevents this rotational perpetuum mobile from working? [closed]

As a newbie in physics I imagine this device and I would like to know why it can't increase its energy. Note I study the sum of energy during one second (or less) after set friction ON. The device: ...
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Does non-rotating object have rotational inertia if it is attach to rotating object by a spring

My question relating to the Rotational Inertia as a whole system. As I learn that the Rotational Inertia is defined for a rotating object to an fixed axis but I got problem in the case a rotating ...
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The direction of frictional force in smooth rolling motion

I want to ask about the direction of frictional force in smooth rolling motion which means the rolling object doesn't slide on the surface. Here is the first case, the wheel rolls to the right so the ...
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Ideal Rolling Motion on Surface with Friction

I have a question concerning ideal rolling motion on a surface containing friction. By ideal rolling motion, I mean the tangental velocity of the rolling object is the same as the velocity of the ...
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Acceleration of Center of Mass in Rotational Motion

I have a question regarding the acceleration of the center mass during rotational motion. From my understanding, Fnet = m*a(center of mass). Also, Torque = angular acceleration * moment of inertia. ...
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Torque from Gravity

If a sphere rolls on an inclined plane, why does the component of gravity parallel to the plane not exert a torque on the sphere? Shouldn't infinitesimal mass particles experience a force of ...
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Can rotational motion can be reduced to translational motion?

Susskind says that all physics (dynamics of the world) can be described in terms of particle positions and their first order derivatives. Does such translational motion gives rise to rotation?
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Which force makes a wheel roll down the hill? What causes friction?

A wheel rolling down a hill has two axis of rotation. One is where the center or mass is and the other is the point of contact with the surface which acts as a fulcrum. I was trying to understand ...
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$y$-component of center of a cube that rolls without slipping [closed]

For the figure above, let $O$ be the origin point for $x,y$-axis, and $+x$ goes to the horizontal right direction while $+y$ direction goes to the up direction. The figure has one circle and one ...
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Factors affecting torque and RPM of a motor

I am not a physics guy, so not even the basic concept of a DC motor is easy for me. My question is as follows: How do these parts of a motor affect its RPM and Torque? I had my research a while ago ...
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Is this expression for the kinetic energy of a spinning disk revolving about a second axis correct?

My question is motivated from a question from another user. You can see the configuration of the rotating system here: One disk/ring in double rotation and sum of energy. I am not interested in all ...
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Friction in Slipping and Rolling

I'm solving a rotational motion problem that involves slipping and rolling. The problem's basic setup has a sphere rotated and then placed onto the ground, at which point it begins to acquire ...
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The sound of rotating helicopter blades

Why do helicopter blades make this pulsing, oscilating, slapping(?) sound? Since their movement is smooth, shouldn't the sound be a similar, constant shush, perhaps increasing or decreasing in ...