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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Rotation with axle with unequally sized wheels

https://youtu.be/hwgjMPaKMiA In the above video, I have an assembly of two wheels of unequal radii connected via an axle. Now when we apply an external force anywhere on the axle, we see something ...
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Why does a top spin so well?

I know that the force of friction does not depend on surface area, but then why does a top spin better on a point rather than a region of larger surface area. For example, if I spin a top on it's ...
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Time period of a satellite close to earth

The time period $T$, of a satellite revolving around the earth and close to it is given by, $$T = \frac{2\pi r}{v}$$ where $v$ is the linear velocity of the satellite and roughly equal to $8\ \mathrm{ ...
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why will two bodies rotate about their centre of mass if they do so for their mutual attraction

If two bodies rotated because of their mutual attraction. They will do so about their centre of mass. Why is that ? I understand that if there is no external force then the centre of mass must not be ...
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Kinetic energy during 1 minute - wrong? [closed]

I've come across this IEEE paper whilst researching for a project I've undertaken regarding a bicycle generator. This paper concerns an exercise bike powered electric generator. Essentially they have ...
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Why do we need theorems like **Parallel Axis Theorem**

In rigid body pure rotation, quantities like $\omega, \tau, L, I, r_i$ (symbol with usual meaning) are axis dependent. Assume rigid body to be sphere rotating about the axis passing trough the center. ...
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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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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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Does a weight attached to a string over a spinning pulley count as a transfer of kinetic to rotational energy?

More specifically, if I had a weight hanging on one end of a pulley at some height h (the other end of the string continues onto another pulley) and I let it go, would the kinetic energy gained from ...
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How does a cyclist moves the center of mass of the cycle-cyclist system?

Consider the image shown below, In the left diagram the centre of mass of the system lies upon the perpendicular from the point of contact. But in the right diagram the centre of mass has shifted ...
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What is the difference when we measure torque/angular momentum about a point and about an axis?

When do we measure torque about an axis and when do we measure torque about a point?Whats the difference? I tried searching this on google but did not get satisfactory answer.
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Physical significance of direction of rotational variables

When discussing rotational quantities, the direction of such vectors corresponds to the axis of rotation, and not he actual direction of rotation(for example, while we use torque in clockwise and ...
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Why do linear momentum and angular momentum have to be conserved in ground frame only?

According the Newton's second law of translational and rotational motion respectively if the net external force /torque acting on a body is zero then the linear/angluar momentum is a constant . So ...
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Angular Momentum

I have several questions about angular momentum. 1.I know there are 2 parts of angular momentum - translational and rotational. For a body with respect to a fixed point, translational angular ...
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Rotation of a cube around its diagonal axis

I have the following multiple choice question that I am attempting to answer: For B1.3, (a) appears to be the most logical choice. It is my understanding that an object whose shape is asymmetric ...
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What is required for a time-varying moment of inertia matrix?

Let me preface this question by stating that I am familiar with euler's equations for rigid body dynamics, torque and angular momentum. Despite the math, I'm still a little fuzzy about certain ...
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Why don't galaxies orbit each other?

Planets orbit around stars, satellites orbit around planets, even stars orbit each other. So the question is: Why don't galaxies orbit each other in general, as it's rarely observed? Is it considered ...
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If, for a body rolling on an incline, the friction coefficient isn't enough to allow pure rolling will it still roll?

More specifically that it won't be pure rolling (obviously) but would it still have some rotational motion along with its translational motion? (if yes how would we write their mechanical equations). ...
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When applying the equation of torque and equating it to $I\alpha$ which moment of inertia do we take?

I believe $T=I_{cm}\alpha$, where $I_{cm}$ is the moment of inertia about centre of mass and $\alpha$ is the angular acceleration. But do we take $I_{cm}$ even if the torque has been taken about a ...
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A bead is threaded on a frictionless vertical wire loop of radius R

The question is the very last sentence at the end of this post. In this post, I'll demonstrate how I reach to a contradiction(the conditions mentioned in conjecture 1 should be satisfied by all ...
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Who told us how to measure torque?

We all know that force and torque are physical quantities which we have defined according to our purpose of work. Now we are all aware that Newton's Second Law from his Laws of Motion states how to ...
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Moment of inertia of disk with off center hole [closed]

So I am given the figure shown below and told to find the moment of inertia if we have that the mass of the shaded region is $M$. I think I have to find the total mass without the hole and the mass ...
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Why is friction not dissipative in rolling motion? [duplicate]

We know that non-conservative forces like friction is a dissipative force. But according to my book when a solid cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane of inclination angle $\theta$ the ...
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Stabilizing a rotating wheel with a changing center of mass

Imagine a rotating wheel. For simplicity's sake let's assume it's not under the influence of any significant external forces (including gravity). This wheel is hollow, and objects inside are ...
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How is direction of static friction not opposite in direction but perpendicular when dealing with centripetal forces?

I was trying to wrap my head around this solution, and the whole idea of a car moving around a level curve, how the friction supplies the centripetal force. But I still can't wrap my head around the ...