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

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Sign of torque when rolling an object down an incline

Suppose you have an object rolling down the incline at 30 degrees. Given the point of contact is instantaneously at rest, I decided to analyse torques at that point. Therefore, the only force ...
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How quickly was the Earth rotating 250 million years ago?

The Earth is slowing at a rate of $4.7\times10^{-4}$ miles per second every 100 years due to tidal forces of the moon. See: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earth%27s_rotation ...
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Apply force to one end of a rod in space: why not purely translational? [duplicate]

Why does applying force to a rod in space (or any other isolated systems) on one end leads to both translational and rotational motion? Here's my logic: suppose there is a rod in space. We ...
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What would a star look like that was the most oblate possible?

This question about why is the Sun so spherical and it's corresponding answer made me wonder: If some younger stars that are rotating faster than the sun are more oblate, then how oblate are they? ...
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Is it possible to produce gravitational waves artificially?

Why don't they make a ball with irregularities, say the size of a tennis ball, then spin it very rapidly, so it would produce gravitational waves like a spinning star with irregularities on it? Is ...
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Solving for position of a SO(3) rotating object, given the integrable functions for components of angular velocity along the principle axes

Assuming that you have approximated or solved the Euler's Equations for components of angular velocity along its principal axes of inertia $x$, $y$ and $z$ - i.e. in the coordinate system that is ...
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Determining the instantaneous axis of rotation [closed]

Given the following image The question states ,a heavy disc with radius R is rolling down hanging on two non-stretched strings wound around the disc very tightly.THe free ends of the strings are ...
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A Confusion in Rotational Dynamics

I am trying to analyse the following situation using classical mechanical concepts. Consider a a straight rod $AB$ of mass $M$ and length $L$ placed on a frictionless horizontal surface. A force $F$ ...
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Can you explain the dynamic of forces working in the video?

Lifting Against Gravity - Breaking Magic - Discovery Channel In this video, a woman uses Physics, so that it is difficult to lift her off the ground. The explanation that the video gives at the end ...
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rotation behavior of spinning discs

If two discs of equal mass and volume are parallel to each other but not touching, share an axle but using magnetics do not touch it, are not under gravity, and begin to rotate in opposite directions ...
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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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How many hours will be in a day if the radius of Earth increases by 70 m? [closed]

I am little confused about the linear momentum and angular momentum, will the linear momentum of earth change due to changing of its radius or it will stay as it was and i know that the moment of ...
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How can I approximate Jacobian Elliptic Functions in terms of basic integrable functions for the SO(3) rotation of a rigid body?

So, the rotation of a 3d body can be described with Euler's equations of motion giving the rotational velocity in components along the principal axes of inertia. As showed in f.ex. this paper, ...
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Total angular momentum of earth

I have problem understanding total angular momentum of earth about center of sun. Consider that earth has an orbital angular velocity of $\omega_0 \hat z$ and a spin angular velocity of $\omega_s \hat ...
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Potential Energy Problem

We know that, the potential energy of a particle is $U= mgh$ where $h$ is the height from the zero potential point. But what I have found in Resnick's Fundamental of physics book is that they ...
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How is the torque on the support?

I simulated with Spaceclaim Ansys this device I would like to study: https://youtu.be/Pjc4dIf1aWI The friction is very low. I drawn a fixed black circle on the orange disk to look at the angular ...
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Net force when deriving relation between torque and angular acceleration

When deriving the equation $\tau = I\alpha$, it is assumed that $$F_{tangential}=ma_{tangential}$$$$a_{tangential}=\alpha r$$$$\tau=rF_{tangential}$$$$\tau=mr^2\alpha=I\alpha$$ However, doesn’t ...
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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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How does axial offset effect rotor balance?

I have a thin rod rotating about its primary axis, rigidly attached to mass $m_1$ whose center sits at distance $r_1$ from the axis and position $y_1$ along the axis. $m_1$ exerts a centripetal force ...
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Advantages of a deadblow hammer?

A deadblow hammer is a type of mallet with a hollow head filled with shot or sand. When you hit with it, say on an anvil, the mallet does not rebound, but just falls flat and heavy. I don't ...
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internal torques

In translational motion, for an isolated system, the net internal force acting on the system is zero according to Newton 3 law. But for rotational motion of an isolated system, does the internal ...
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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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Need reference on the minimum moment of inertia [duplicate]

I would like to know if there is a book on classical mechanics about the following Moment Of Inertia About Centre of Mass
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Without using rotational mechanics, why does a gyroscope precess the direction it does?

When a top is spun, it will precess in some direction, either clockwise or counterclockwise. It's possible to find out which way using $\boldsymbol{\tau} = d\mathbf{L}/dt$ and $\boldsymbol{\tau} = ...
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Does reducing the surface area between 2 objects reduce friction?

I am 3d printing a system where a gear like object is compressed against similar sized plates on both sides. However, for the first prototype there is too much grinding, making rotation difficult. I ...
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What is the physics in a balero toy? [closed]

A balero is a wooden ball tied with a string to a rod. The string ties to the ball at one end (say North pole), and there is a hole drilled in the ball at the other end (South pole). The hole is the ...
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Circular motion, projectile motion

Why does a body thrown upward with certain velocity, at some angle from vertical, travel on a parabolic path but not a circular path? Since there is always a component of weight along the center, it ...
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Does a body always rotate purely about its center of mass? [duplicate]

For example : A rod is held stationary in vertical position on a smooth horizontal ground and then released. Now the center of mass has velocity and acceleration and every point of the rod has some ...
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How to calculate torque needed to rotate a ring held captive between two parts with a known compression force?

I'm wondering how to find the torque needed to rotate a ring that is held captive between two plates with a known friction coefficient, radius, and compression force. I'm assuming that the mass of the ...
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Simulation of a simple robot [closed]

I'm a programmer and I'm working on a simple robot simulator. Of course, the most important part of this simulator, is the physical simulation of the robot. Unfortunately, I have a little knowledge ...
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Conservation of Energy vs Conservation of Momentum in Rotational Dynamics

It is clear to me why angular momentum is always conserved, and how in some cases energy is not necessarily conserved within the system (in those cases where bodies deform, or friction is involved). ...
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What are the limitations of using instantaneous axis of rotation? [closed]

I know when the body rotatates as well as translates IAR or ICR shouldn't be used but I am not able to understand why?
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Resultant center of rotation due to multiple moments

Say, there are multiple moments (M1, M2, M3) acting on a body (of irregular shape) at points P1, P2, P3 respectively. The body is free to rotate about any point. Now, which resultant center (the ...
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Rolling drag and action-reaction forces

I do not understand the two factors acting on the car during driving, they are Rolling drag which it is rolling resistance and action-reaction forces. If the Rolling friction reduces the the car ...
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Angular momentum of satellite including momentum wheel

I have consulted textbooks, online sources and professionals (including spacecraft experts, dynamics lectures and mechanical engineers) without a consensus to the answer to this question. I am ...
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Best learning of gyroscopic motion? [duplicate]

I crave to learn the nitty-gritty of attitude dynamics - namely I want to get really up close and personal with angular momentum, gyroscopic motion, non-inertial effects. I'm looking for a resource ...
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Are angular acceleration and velocity frame dependent?

Basically what I am trying to ask is if a body has an angular velocity $\omega$ or angular acceleration $\alpha$ about an axis then will it have the same angular velocity and acceleration along any ...
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Moment of inertia of uniform solid sphere [closed]

I have derived moment of inertia of solid sphere along diameter but my textbook says that moment of inertia is: $$\frac{2MR^2}{5}$$ What is the mistake in my derivation?
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Rotation matrix of Euler's equations of rotation relative to inertial reference frame

I was playing with simulation of Euler's equations of rotation in MATLAB, $$ I_1\dot{\omega}_1 + (I_3 - I_2)\omega_2\omega_3 = M_1, $$ $$ I_2\dot{\omega}_2 + (I_1 - I_3)\omega_3\omega_1 = M_2, $$ ...
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How is angular momentum conserved?

A uniform vertical turntable (mass M and radius R center O) is at rest on the xy plane and is mounted on a frictionless axle, which lies along the vertical z axis. I throw a lump of putty mass m with ...
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Virtual work (generalized forces) for rotation with Euler angles

Here is what we know from virtual work: \begin{equation} \delta W=\sum_{i=1}^N{\vec F_i\cdot\delta\vec r_{i}} \end{equation} Where $N$ is the number of bodies in the system. I am considering a ...
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What makes us twist in a somersault?

In a backwards straight somersault you can decide whether you twist early or late. Twisting early means, that you induce the twisting movement before you rotatation hits 180° and twisting late means, ...
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When we ride a bicycle, why do we tend to move left when we turn it right? [duplicate]

When we ride a bicycle, we tend to move our body left if we are taking a right turn and vice versa. Why is it like that?
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Why do cylinders roll easily and not square or rectangular slabs? [duplicate]

Why do cylinders roll easily and not square or rectangular slabs?? Let us say both have same materiel and vertical dimensions? What is the reason for the slab always tends to slide?
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Will computer fan rotate slower if one makes impeller heavier?

Imagine that we replace plastic fan impeller with identical metal impeller (same form, heavier weight). Would maximum fan speed decrease? Common sense suggests that air resistance and bearing ...
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What would happen if we tried to run a motor in space when it is not attached to anything to provide support to it?

I know that a when a motor runs it generates torque and that torque can be used to do useful work. On the other hand, the motor needs strong support that absorbs the reaction torque. In our case let ...
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How to Calculate Engine Torque from Wheel Torque?

Not sure if this is the right place to post - so feel free to tell me to go away :) Im trying to understand how I can use wheel torque curves to estimate the engine torque vs engine rpm relationship. ...
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How to make a body rotate about a line that does not go through its center of mass by applying external torques

In space, is it possible to make a body rotate a point that does not go through its center of mass by applying external torques?
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how is this kind of rolling motion possible?

I was solving this problem : Suppose you put a sphere in a rough ground with velocity of center of mass $v_{cm}= v_o$ in the positive $x$ axis and with anticlockwise angular momentum $\omega_o$ so ...
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Particle slides on incline where incline angle increases with rate $\omega$: why does kinetic energy have a term $(1/2)m(\omega^2 x^2)$?

A particle slides on a smooth inclined plane whose inclination is $\theta$ is increasing at a constant rate $w$. If $\theta = 0$, at time t = 0 at which time the particle start from rest, Find the ...