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Why do some satellites fall to Earth?

In another question How does Newtonian mechanics explain why orbiting objects do not fall to the object they are orbiting?, one can read an affirmative answer. They how do you explain satellites ...
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Why can we model a body to have a center of mass?

I accept that bodies have a center of mass. I also accept that if I were to suspend a body by only supporting it at its center of mass, then the body wouldn't rotate. In the scenario that we suspend a ...
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Why does locking the rear tires on a vehicle cause it to spin?

Handbrake Turns are often used in motor-sports and stunt driving to turn around tight corners. Essentially, the driver applies the handbrake as he enters the turn, in order to "kick out" the back end ...
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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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Is squared motor gearbox ratio proportional to inertia ratio?

I read an interesting article http://m.machinedesign.com/news/motor-sizing-made-easy It is very interesting, but I can not follow the 2nd last paragraph. I don't understand why it is true. ...
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What sustains a rigid body's rotation at its constant angular(rotational) speed?

Continuing from the following scenario from my previous question Centripetal force of a rotating rigid body? : Consider someone pushing a roundabout in a playground. Initially the roundabout is ...
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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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how to represent the effect of linking rigid-bodies together?

I have 2 rigid-bodies (b1,b2) if i linked one to the other (as if they are conjoined together) , how to represent b1 effect on b2 and b2 effect on b1 Is there any LAW that affect the ...
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How long for a frictionless top to fall over?

We've previously discussed why it is that spinning tops do not fall over, see: Why don't spinning tops fall over? However, as the highest rated answer notes, the angular momentum of the spinning top ...
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A hypothetical question on mechanics

Being located in a tropical region, I am quite acquainted with the Ceiling fan. I have a question about it. If the top, that is, the axle (I'm not sure of the terminology: I mean the part which is ...
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Could galactic rotation be similar to an irrotational vortex?

Could black holes' near light speed rotation cause galaxies to move like an irrotational vortices?
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I find a problem in the law of angular momentum conservation

Consider a system of spring mass as shown in the figure.entire loop is free but only one nail is there at the point A... Initially the mass is at rest and then released. Assume that the spring is ...
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Find angular momentum about any point

How do I find the angular momentum of a body about any point? We know that $L=I\omega$ for a body rotating in space, where $L$ denotes the angular momentum, $I$ denotes the moment of inertia and ...
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Angular momentum of a translating and rotating body

If a rod is rotating about one end, does it have pure rotation or do you also consider the translation of centre of mass when calculating its angular momentum? Also, how would one calculate the ...
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How does the curve ball drag air around it?

In cricket or baseball there is a type of ball called the curve ball. This is the top spin of the ball.I read that due to spin the ball drags the air around it due to friction in the way shown ...
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Moment of inertia of a planet

Is there a good way to directly measure a moment of inertia of the Earth, or say, other planet?
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Is angular momentum always conserved in the absence of an external torque?

Consider either the angular momentum of the earth around the sun or equivalently swinging a ball horizontally on a string. I know that with respect to the point of rotation of the swinging ball, ...
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Appearing To Reverse Object's Rotation

Can it be done, and if so, how does one you explain mathematically the ability to cause a rotating object to appear to change the direction of rotation? I believe it has something to do with angular ...
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What is the principle behind centrifugation?

What is the principle behind centrifugation? I understand the idea that you spin something around the centripetal force will cause an apparent force on the spinning system. However I don't quite ...
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How to know the time a disc takes to stop from rotating and the numbers of revolutions

Assuming I rotate a disk, I want to know how long it takes to completely stop, and the number of revolutions it made since I removed my fingers off the disk. Lets say a DVD I rotate with my fingers. ...
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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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Angular momentum with respect to the centre of mass

I have been told [Warning: I leave this because it's what I asked and allows to understand the dialogues in the comments, but Azad, whom I thank, has pointed that the formula does not hold in general ...
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When will the Earth stop rotating?

I looked up leap second in Wikipedia. It is a second added (usually) to clocks to keep them in sync with the atomic clock. It said that 25 leap seconds were added in the last 43 years and that none ...
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Why does the period/frequency of a fan slow down significantly when I taped a piece of rubber band to it?

All of this was done with a standing fan set horizontally on a table. During an experiment, I had to tape a piece of rubber band to one of the standing fan's blade and measured the period of the fan. ...
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Clarify excerpt from Feynman Lectures on rotations in three dimensions

In The Feynman Lectures, vol. I, chapter 20 Feynman discusses rotations in three dimensions and explains angular velocities may be added as vectors; in particular he says: What about angular ...
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Velocity of hitting the ground when falling forward

A friend of mine fell while he was snowboarding which led to a discussion. He mentioned that, in general, if your center of mass is traveling at a certain velocity, and you fall forward, your head ...
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Ideally speaking, will a rolling disk with no slipping come to a stop because of friction from the ground?

Consider a rotating disk on a horizontal plane with static friction. The contact point of the disk with the plane has null instantaneous velocity. Assuming the center of the disk has fixed $v_0$ ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane

I've been trying to solve this problem: A cylinder is rolling down an inclined plane (angle between plane and horizon α). Coefficient of friction is µ. What is the translational and angular speed of ...
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rope wrapped around a pole

I would like to solve this question without using conservation of angular momentum(because of some reason I'll elaborate later). So imagine that we have a pole with radius $r$ and a ball attached to ...
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Why is an electric motor more efficient at higher loads?

My question is driven by the plot below. We see that acceptable operating range of a motor is between 50-100% of the rated load. Below 40% or so the efficiency of the motor drops off dramatically. ...
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How do the energy eigenvalues of rotational degrees of freedom in statistical mechanics come about?

I want to understand the hierarchy different degrees of freedom of a mechanical system. Specifically, I want to understand which subsystems equibrilate faster and why. This question comes up: Why ...
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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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Synchronising the Earth's rotation via mass redistribution

How much material would have to be moved per year from mountain-tops to valleys in order to keep the Earth's rotation synchronised with UTC, thus removing the need for leap seconds to be periodically ...
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Why do balls in a spinning ellipsoid move to the minor axis plane?

There is a question concerning the Physics of a small child's tall that has been bothering me for some time now. I have investigated this to a small degree, but I have not been able to find a ...
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Lean angle of a turning bicycle

I'm asked to derive a relationship for the leaning angle of a bicycle with the following specs: Center of gravity for bike and rider is a distance $L$ above the ground when vertical, and the total ...
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The rotating movement of an asteroid

I almost all movies where you could see an animation about an asteroid, they move in a very distinct way. I don't know how to explain better, but I think what we can see in the movies is that 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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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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Spinning rubber ball with equatorial ridge

I have this rubber ball with something like a very slight equatorial ridge (sort of like Saturn's moon Iapetus) which I often spin around on my desk. I keep noticing that no matter the inclination of ...
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Cylinder inside a cylinder - moment of inertia

A homogeneous cylinder with radius a and mass m rolls in a hollow cylinder with radius R. Determine the kinetic energy of the cylinder as function of $\dot{\theta}$. I'm sorry for ...
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Does friction act on a wheel rolling at a constant speed

One of the things I've seemed to have taken for granted is that its the friction the floor exerts on a rolling wheel that prevents slip from occurring. However, I ran into something that challenges ...
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How's equilibrium possible here?

Here's the question.......Two point masses $m$ and $2m$ are attached at each end of a light rod. The rod is pivoted at the center and is free to move in a vertical plane. Then find the angle $A$ when ...
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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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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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Torque, and the Law of the Lever

How fundamental is the Law of the Lever? It seems that we simply define torque as being $r \times F$, if that's the case, then torque isn't a derived quantity, is it? Something like the Law of the ...
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Coin on an turntable | Exact description of forces [closed]

Does more static friction between coin and turntable means that more it will slip off Or Just Exactly opposite of it.When I make picture of situation in my brain I am getting first statement but I ...
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Cayley-Klein Parameters

I have a very simple question(I guess )to ask $$\frac{d\mathbf{m}}{dt}= \mathbf{C} \times \mathbf{m}$$ where $\mathbf{m}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ are vectors. Assume that $\mathbf{C}$ is constant over a ...
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Why is body frame angular velocity nonzero?

This question is relevant to Euler's angles and Euler's equations for a rigid body. Why aren't $\omega_1$, $\omega_2$ and $\omega_3 = 0$ in the body frame? How can we measure $\vec\omega$?
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Calculating Rotational Inertia Using Parallel Axis Theorem

I am working on the following physics problem and have run into some trouble The figure above shows particles $1$ and $2$, each of mass $m$, attached to the ends of a rigid massless rod of ...
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Is there an upper limit on the radius of a rotating wheel?

Is there an upper limit on the radius of a real wheel which is rotating at an Angular frequency of $\,\omega \,$ along its axis, such that we just require a finite amount of energy to rotate it? ...