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

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How to model a very simple spinning wheel

First off, I'm not a physics person, just a lowly software engineer with below average math skills. What I've written is a simple animation of a spinning wheel using C++/GTK/Cairo. It allows the user ...
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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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What causes a tall box to tip over on an inclined plane?

I'm wondering what makes a tall box rotate about its edge (the red point on the figure below) on a inclined plane (with or without slipping), when subjected to forces of gravity and friction only: ...
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Water bottle moment of inertia

I've noticed that I can make a full water bottle spin about its short axis easier than I can make it spin when it is 1/4 or 1/2 full. Also, when it is spun and is not full, the geometric center of the ...
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An electromagnetic induction problem [closed]

The question goes like this : A thin non conducting horizontal disc of mass $m$ having total charge $q$ distributed uniformly over its surface, can rotate freely about its own axis. Initially ...
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Effects of firing shells on the Earth's angular momentum

During a certain war, millions of shells were fired by country A towards the west, and even more shells were fired back by country B towards the east. The average momentum of each bullet were the same ...
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Why doesn't a block rotate due to friction?

In a horizontal surface, a block (cube) is sliding due to a sudden push. When the block slides, there is frictional force which is acting on the block. Frictional force will have a torque around ...
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Trouble with derivation in an equation for Newton's Law of Angular Motion

I'm an autodidact and can't follow the part after "it is easily seen that"... which is the 31st equation: Shouldn't it be: $m_i\,{\bf r}_i\times \frac{d^2{\bf r}_i }{dt^2}= \frac{d}{dt}(m_i r_i ...
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Constant power in rotational dynamics

I am having trouble understanding and applying the concept of constant power (e.g. a motor) in rotational dynamics. We have that: $$P=\tau\omega$$ Therefore if we imagine a physical system with a ...
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Moment of inertia of a sphere

I'm looking at sample calculations of moment of inertia of a sphere here. In the first example (disc method), it has the integral as $dI = \frac{1}{2}r^2 \,dm$, while in the second example (shell ...
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Describing a motion of gyroscope with gimbal

Can you tell be how to set the equations to describe the motion of this machine in movie "Contact": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSaO9VGjLXc This is gyroscope with gimbal, am I right?
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Torque and angular acceleration with bicycle wheel

This might be a simple problem for many of you. However, please help me understand it too. I have been looking trough a lot of materials online, and I still have the following questions, that would ...
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Calculating the time to stop a wheel with friction [closed]

I'm trying to solve the following problem, but i have no idea how to begin. A wheel of mass $M$, radius of gyration $k$, spins smoothly on a fixed horizontal axle of radius a which passes through ...
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Eulerian Angles — Why three rotations can transform fixed frame into body frame?

"In general, if we restrict ourselves to rotations about one of the Cartesian axes, three successive rotations are required to transform the fixed frame into the body frame" The origin of our fixed ...
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Ask an equation to solve the next location of an object?

It is a long time that I have not learnt physics. But now I really need an equation to solve a problem. I appreciate physicists give me a little hint. Here is a object on the desk without friction. ...
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Newton's second law for rotation

Can the second law of motion for rotation, $\vec{\tau}=I \vec{\alpha}$, be used for any axis? Is there any case that acceleration $\vec{\alpha}$ is not in the direction of applied torque ...
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Question regarding mass hanging from center edge of rotating disc

So, say you have a free to rotate disc, assuming no external torques, and you have a spool, radius 7.93 mm, attached to its centre. Say the spool has a string attached to a point on its edge and ...
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Why does a bicycle (without any support of stand) falls down being at rest, but not under motion? [duplicate]

I have always seen a bicycle not standing without any support, it either falls down to the right or to the left, may even to some other direction. But,the same two wheeler when under motion,moves ...
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Calculating torque in 3D?

Say you have a sphere, and you have several torque vectors acting on it, all at different points. Say you have the vector (6i + 3j + 5k) originating from point A, and the vector (3i + 1j + 9k) ...
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Component of angular velocity along an axis inclined at $\theta$

If an arbitrary rigid body rotates with angular velocity $\omega_0$ about some axis, can it be said that the body will rotate with an angular velocity $\omega_0 \cos(\theta)$ about an axis which is at ...
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A rod of length $L$ & mass $M$ is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance $x$ from the support

A rod of length L & mass M is rotating in a circle about one end then calculate tension in the rod at a distance 'x' from the support ? For its solution why should we take mass of L-x portion of ...
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Physics of the point of contact for a spinning top

I understand how spinning tops don't tip over, cf. e.g. this and this Phys.SE questions. What I'm more interested is in identifying the factors that determine the direction the spinning top moves to? ...
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Non-commutative property of rotation

Addition of angles are non-commutative in three dimensions. Hence some other angular vector quantities like angular velocity, momentum become non-commutative. What is the physical significance of this ...
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Aircraft Level Flight Trajectory

An aircraft climbs to 15000 feet and enters 'level flight' phase. My basic knowledge of physics says that forces on the aircraft at this time are balanced - as seen in this diagram. Would an ...
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Rotation of diatomic homonuclear molecule

I know that the rotation energy of a diatomic homonuclear molecule is $E_{Rot}=\frac{\hbar J(J+1)}{R^2 M}$. Does the axis of rotation depend on $J$? With respect to which axis does the molecule for ...
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What controls whether a ball will skid or roll?

A billard ball is struck with a cue. The line of action of the applied impulse is horizontal and passes through the center of the ball. The initial velocity $v_0$ of the ball, its radius $R$, its mass ...
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What techniques can be used to analyze a rod rotating about the edge of a table?

A uniform rod of length $4x$ is rotating about the edge $O$ of the table. (The rod does not fall off the table.) The centre of mass $G$ of the rod is distance $x$ away from $O$. The rod is making ...
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Calculation for force generated by a rotating rectangular blade

When trying to calculate the lift force generated by a simple rectangular blade, I've found the following equation: $$F = \omega^2 L^2 l\rho\sin^2\phi$$ in which $\omega$ is the angular velocity, $L$ ...
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Problem based on Rotational Motion [closed]

A spool of mass $\mathsf m$ and inner radius $\mathsf r$ and outer radius $\mathsf{2r}$, having moment of inertia $\Large\mathsf{\frac{mr^2}{2}}$ is made to roll without sliding on a rough ...
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Would a light or a heavy ball roll fastest down a slope?

A small, light ball and a larger, heavier ball are released from the top of a slope. Which will move further? which will come down faster?
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Artificial Gravity - Spinning Station Questions II

In an answer to Artificial Gravity - Spinning Station Questions Vintage wrote: A theoretical space station of radius 900 meters, doing a complete rotation every 60 seconds (in order to generate ...
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How are Euler's laws of motion applied to gyroscopes?

Euler's laws of motion for a distributed mass are: $$F = \frac{d}{dt} MV_{cm},\ N = \frac{d}{dt} L$$ $F$ are the sum of the external forces, $M$ the total mass, $V_{cm}$ the velocity of the centre ...
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Top spun up with string under tension problem [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Homework about spinning top I have a top with an unknown mass. It has a moment of inertia of 4.00 * 10^-7 kgm^2 a string is wrapped around the top and pulls it so that ...
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Finding angular acceleration from torque

We have to analyze this video Givens: An applied net torque due to the wind on the windmill is equal to 1500 N*m. Each (of the 3) propeller props weighs approximately 45 Kg and has a Moment of ...
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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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Trajectory of rolling billiard ball after collision with another billiard ball with same mass

So, according to this article http://www.real-world-physics-problems.com/physics-of-billiards.html , the trajectory of white (cue) ball is always perpendicular to the line connecting center of ball ...
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Rotational dynamics equation for a variable mass system?

I'm searching for the formulation of Euler's rigid body dynamics in the case of a variable mass system. I'm reading the book Mechanics of Flight by Warren F. Phillips (2nd edition) and unfortunately ...
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Reduction of Earth's Rotation due to increase in humidity

I came to know that, moon is moving away from earth, resulting reduction of Earth's rotation. Similarly, if Earth's humidity increases, water vapor will be move up to the air from water sources, will ...
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How far does a ball thrown over a surface with friction slide until it starts rotating? [closed]

A bowling ball is thrown horizontally with initial velocity $v$ and no initial rotation over a surface with static coefficient of friction $\mu$. Determine the distance the ball travels ($d$) until ...
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Angular acceleration as a function of torque

I know that the angular momentum $\mathbf{L}_{cm}$ with respect to the centre of mass of a rigid body can be expressed as $I\boldsymbol{\omega}$ where $I$ is the inertia matrix and ...
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How do we “cancel out” the torque from running?

Running certainly causes a torque on our body, as we are propelled forward via our feet; why doesn't this torque cause our bodies to spin about their center of mass?
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Rotational motion of a cylinder [closed]

I was solving a problem related to rotation, and cannot get to the exact answer. The question is as follows: A cylinder of mass $m$ rests on a carriage as shown. Calculate the maximum acceleration ...
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What is happening kinematically to a car on an icy turn? [closed]

I am stumped on a conceptual homework question that involves rotational kinematics and friction. Consider a car traveling along a road that encounters a turn covered in an unseen layer of ice. ...
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Torque due to non-uniform force [closed]

Suppose a non-uniform force, varying along with the distance, is acting normally on the surface of a rod hinged at the mid point. The force varies along the length of the rod, i.e as we go down along ...
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How to calculate angular momentum in this scenario? [closed]

The answer to part a) is 1080. However, for part b) I don't understand why the equation wouldn't simply be $I_i\omega_i = I_f\omega_f$. Why do we have to subtract $m_bv cos \phi$ from ...
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How do you define the total rotational energy of an object?

This problem arose when I was applying a conservation of energy argument to a mechanics problem, (a spinning coin on a table) and wasn't sure how to define the total rotational energy of the coin. At ...
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Degeneracy of Rotational Energy Levels of a Diatomic Molecule

To derive the energy levels of a diatomic molecule (with the z axis the axis of symmetry of the molecule), we write the Hamiltonian as ...
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Rotational Spectrum of a Diatomic Molecule

The rotational energy levels of a diatomic molecule are given by $$E_l=\frac{\hbar^2}{2I}l(l+1)$$ where $l$ is an integer. If the molecule is a dipole it can emit or absorb electromagnetic radiation ...
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Rolling in V shaped groove [closed]

In this set up I've been asked to work out the linear acceleration down the slope. It's said to be instantaneously rolling around the axis AB $Ma=Mg\sin(\theta)-2F$ where $F$ is the frictional ...
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Consideration of centrifugal force during descent

If we imagine an object falling from a height h above the surface of the earth. We can go into a rotating frame and therefore introduce Coriolis and centrifugal forces. Using the Coriolis force the ...