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If a bullet is fired vertically upwards, when it comes back does it fall to the same spot? [duplicate]

What I'm basically asking is that if a body is projected with sufficiently high velocity so that it doesn't escape from the earth's gravitational field but reaches an appreciable height with respect ...
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A problem regarding translational & rotational motion

Let a force $F$ be applied to a body of mass $m$ for time $dt$ where the line of action passes through the centre of mass. This means that the change in momentum will be $Fdt$, and the change in total ...
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Moment of inertia of a coin [closed]

I have a a coin infinitely thin, rotating along the diameter. How to derive the formula for it's moment of inertia passing through the diameter. I was suggested to use the surface density and ...
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Rotational dynamics

In studying rotational dynamics of a rigid body, I can't seem to understand why you can solve the problem correctly only using certain points in a body and not all? Angular momentum and torque leads ...
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What is the derivation of $r*F=Iα$? [duplicate]

Please give me the derivation of the formula r*F=Iα for extended body. where, F=applied force r=distance between point of rotation & point where force is applied I=moment of inertia of the body ...
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The precession component in the direction of spinning

Is the precession increasing the rotation around the axis of spinning? w = (nutation) i + (precession component) j + (another precession component + spinning) k or to rephrase, is the precession ...
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Gyroscope precession

I have a system diagrammed and explained in the image below. Experimentally I believe the wheel will rotate around the pivot point where the cable is attached in a counter-clock motion if ...
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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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Why isn't kinetic energy conserved in this rotational dynamics problem?

Consider a uniform rod which is spinning about an axis that goes through its centre, perpendicular to the rod itself. Two small rings are attached on the rod at equal distances from the centre. As the ...
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The way planets rotate and revolve [duplicate]

Why is that the all planets move in the same plane?(correct me if I'm wrong) Why not some of them in anticlockwise direction and others in clockwise direction?
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Parallel axis theorem: adding mass

I'm going through a worked physics problem and have a question about the parallel axis theorem regarding only adding mass while not changing is axis of rotation. Here is the problem: A physics ...
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Angular momentum changes depending on orign

Consider the image below where we have two point masses $m_1$ and $m_2$ with different masses which are rotating around a fixed axis with angular velocity $\omega$. If the origin is placed on the axis ...
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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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Is moment of inertia numerically additive?

NOTE: The following argument is being made for square only, not any general shape. We have this square plate: From Perpendicular Axis theorem, $$I_1 + I_2 = I_z \\ I_3 + I_4 = I_z$$ Also, ...
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Change in acceleration due to gravity because of rotation of earth [duplicate]

The formula above is the equation for acceleration due to gravity when earth rotates. G is the original acceleration. Can someone explain how this formula came?
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Why does this consider the center of mass instead of the end? (RIGID BODY MOTION) [closed]

A uniform rod of length L and mass M is free to rotate on a frictionless pin passing through one end. The rod is released from rest in the horizontal position. What is its angular speed when it ...
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Confusion regarding torque and centre of mass

When a body slides down a rough incline plane, why does $mg \cos \theta$ and normal reaction produce no torque? And why does $mg\sin \theta$ produce torque?
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Is there a way for an astronaut to rotate?

We know that if an imaginary astronaut is in the intergalactic (no external forces) and has an initial velocity zero, then he has is no way to change the position of his center of mass. The law of ...
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Lagrangian in rotating reference frame

I have a homework question I am working on, and I'm stuck on the last term in this proof. The problem states: Question: Consider a primed set of axes coincident in origin with an inertial set of axes ...
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What is the purpose of the directions for vector quantities such as angular velocity and torque?

Looking at just both angular velocity and torque, many other exhibit this same property. What is the purpose of and usefulness of having a direction that is in the Z-direction? (assuming that, in the ...
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Why centrifugal force results in a circularly rotating motion for a stationary object in the non-rotating frame

My doubt is the following: in a rotating frame of reference you have the centrifugal pseudo force. When you analyze and object in circular motion (due to a rope) in the rotating frame of reference, ...
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Angular momentum of a rigid body about any points

Is angular momentum about all points same if the body is rigid and is rotating/translating/rolling with a constant velocity? Why? No external force is acting on the body.
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In case of pure rolling, does the formula $v=r\omega$ holds only for a small instant of time?

For example, on a rough track when a ball rolls and is under smooth rolling, friction continues to act in the lower portion and so, torque acts along the centre of the ball. As per the formula: ...
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What is the electric field generated by a spinning magnet?

Consider a cylinder of permanently magnetized material, with uniform magnetization pointing along the cylindrical symmetry axis (the $z$-direction). The magnet is rotating about its cylindrical ...
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How far does the ball travel before pure rolling motion occurs? [closed]

A bowling ball is given an initial speed $V_o = 10 \text{m/s}$ on an alley such that it initially slides without rolling. The coefficient of friction between the ball and the alley is $\mu = 0.06$. ...
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Expressing 3D orientation in alternative to Euler angles for 3D rigid body dynamics

I was unsure whether it would be best to post this in Physics, Maths, or other forums, so please say if this question is suited better elsewhere. I am trying trying to create a physics engine for a ...
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How to find the angular acceleration (rotating reference frames)

If you chose the frame to rotate with $w_1$ instead of $w_2$, wouldn't the angular acceleration be $w_2 \times (w_1 + w_2)$? and it would have $+20 \jmath$ instead? Shouldn't the absolute ...
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How fast will a ball travel if spun around with a string then released? [closed]

It may seem like a stupid question, but I was wondering: If a ball with a mass of 50 kg was rotated from a string with a radius of 10m and a velocity of 100 m/s how fast will it be travelling when ...
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Is there any friction between wheel and road?

Human beings invented the wheel to get rid of the friction between the wheel and the road. But were we able to reduce it to zero? Is there any residual friction? This question is about only the ...
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Does a toy top weigh less when it is spinning?

I am under the understanding that a toy top will weigh less when it is spinning. The Russians made a spinning type transport back in the 70s to lessen its payload over the tundra. Is this an effective ...
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Considering rolling without slipping using axis at contact point with surface

For a ball rolling down a ramp without slipping, we can use $\Sigma \tau = I \alpha$ about two axes: an axis through the center of the ball, and an axis through the contact point with the surface. The ...
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In golf, is there a rotational mechanical advantage of using a thicker grip?

I was asked to migrate this question to the physics exchange. Ok, so many professionals are now using the new SuperStroke golf grips. I am basically thinking about the concept of a bigger grip, but ...
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How to calculate the equations of motion for a dipole in an electric field in three dimensions

I'm having trouble modelling a system, which I thought would be simple but has turned out to be quite complicated. The system is a charged sphere in an oscillating three dimensional electric field. ...
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How does friction act in rolling motion? [duplicate]

In case of rolling, static friction at the lowermost point becomes zero once pure rolling starts. So how is that when we apply a constant force on the centre of mass of the spherical body (or any ...
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Force required to rotate a rod around an axis [closed]

The problem I'm trying to solve is: How much force, momentarily applied to the rod, is required to rotate it around an axis by a given degree? Assuming there is friction applied at the axis (...
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What point is the torque on a loop in a magnetic field taken about?

I know that the torque on a loop kept in uniform magnetic field is given by $$\vec{\tau}=\vec{M}\times\vec{B}$$ where $\vec{M}$ is magnetic moment. Now, can I take this torque about any point in ...
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Moment of inertia of solid cube about body diagonal

How do I find the above mentioned moment of inertia? Steps I've tried: 1.) Triple integrations that proved to be to big. 2.) I noticed that the if we split a $2\times 2\times 2$ into individual ...
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Why do throwing knives need to be balanced?

Indeed, unbalanced throwing knives are used, but I have read that balanced throwing knives are easier to use, because due to their geometric center being the same as their center of mass. Why would ...
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Accelerometer reading in a uniform circular motion

Question - there is an accelerometer kept in a car moving in a uniform circular motion. The accelerometer is kept in such a way that the z axis points downwards, x axis is pointing towards centre of ...
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Rotation of fluid filled cylinders [closed]

Given two cylinders of same mass , one completely made out of solid metal and the other a hollow one which has been filled with a viscous fluid say oil. Both have the same mass.Now if they are placed ...
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Moments of Inertia (Calculus Application)

Hi so here's the problem I'm working on: Consider a 2 meter-long rod with linear mass density $\lambda(x)=x$ kg/m, where $x=0$ corresponds to one end of the rod. (a) Determine the centre of ...
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Tangential Velocity of a Rotating Rod

I have the following question which has given rise to a doubt. Question: One end of a rod of uniform density is attached to the ceiling in such a way that the rod can swing about freely with no ...
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How is angular momentum conserved

from a classical perspective, what is it about angular momentum fundamentally that means it has to be conserved? Surely if I have a rod about a fixed axis and a moving particle hits the end it will ...
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Can a wheeled vehicle remain stationary on a water surface?

There are many field examples[1] of motorized, wheeled vehicles capable of staying on the surface of water. It appears that the requirement is sufficient "reverse-pressure" against the part of the ...
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0G(No motion) scenario detection using Accelerometer and Gyroscope [closed]

I have a gyroscope and accelerometer which I am placing on the wheel of a bicycle to detect the 0G or standstill (when the bicycle exactly reaches to rest) of the wheel. I put the sensor at a R/2 ...
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Why don't we include angular acceleration while calculating net acceleration for a particle moving in a circle ?

When we calculate net acceleration of a particle It is the vector sum of the centripetal acceleration and the tangential acceleration (if any) however why don't we also consider adding angular ...
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Can a pool ball change direction mid-roll?

In this youtube video, a pool shark consistently gets the cue ball to drastically change direction mid-roll (i.e. while after he's hit it). Is this theoretically possible without using trick balls? If ...
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Calculating the path of a ball with spin moving across a table

A ping pong ball is rolling over a smooth (but not frictionless) table. During its travel, a clockwise spin is placed on the ball. The ball's path is changed to move to the right (in perspective from ...
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Where to hit the pool ball such that it satisfies the given condition? [closed]

The question Where to hit the ball in such a way that after covering a certain distance it rolls back? You are given a pool ball and you have to find where to hit it such that it rolls back after ...
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How does this spool have an angular acceleration opposite to its acceleration?

Consider this spool. It rests on a rough horizontal force. The green lines are the ground, and a line parallel to the ground. The spool is pulled without sliding by the thread (with tension T), with ...