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

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Why do some objects tend to change their axis of rotation while rotating?

This question struck me a few minutes back, I was at a table with a pear. It was more narrow than round.I proceeded to rotate this pear in one swift movement. It rotated for a few seconds, and ...
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Newton's Second Law Equivalent in rotational dynamics

The law that $$\frac{d\vec{L}}{dt}= \vec{T}$$ where $\vec{T}$ is torque about a frame's origin $o$ and $\vec{L}$ is the angular momentum about that origin $o$. Can this law be ultimately (always?) ...
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Rolling without slipping taking the contact point as pivot

I'm confused about this "rolling without slipping" kind of situation. Or better in this case the object is rolling and slipping, just use the label "rolling without slipping" to identify the kind of ...
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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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Does General Relativity correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth?

Does General Relativity theory correctly explain the ellipsoidal shape of the earth? It seems it does not because the Thirring expression¹ for the force of a spherical shell—of mass $M$, radius $R$, ...
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Will an object resting on a rotating platform move in a frictionless world?

Imagine that a pebble is placed on a uniformly rotating, frictionless disk. What will happen to this pebble? Will the disk slide under it and the pebble stay as is? Or will there be a centrifugal ...
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How easily can the Earth flip?

The recent media attention to sunspot activity (however warranted) reminds me of a question I had long ago. Given the angular momentum and the slight 'wobble' of the earth, and remembering the ...
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Torque (in $Nm$) of a cyclist

We're discussing bicycles with a friend, and it came to safety, speed and power. Now the question we have is: how much torque do my legs provide to the bicycle? I'm no expert in physics sadly, and ...
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How 'rare' is no-slipping?

I have come across a lot of questions that say something like: A ball rolls down a hill without slipping... But I have done the maths and found that a ball would only 'not slip' if the friction ...
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Second Law for Rotational Motion

Moment of inertia is analogous to mass, and angular acceleration is analogous to linear acceleration. What is analogous quantity to net force? In other words, what is moment of inertia*angular ...
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Will a boiled egg or a raw egg stop rolling first?

If we roll a normal egg and a boiled egg at the same time on a floor 1) with friction 2) without friction which one will come to stop first (if they will stop at all) and why? Can anyone tell ...
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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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Minimum angular velocity for circular motion (pendulum)

How can I show that there is a minimum angular velocity $\omega_{min}$, different from zero, such that if we chose an $\omega$ smaller than $\omega_{min}$, then it is not possible to have a circular ...
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Maximum angular velocity to stop in one rotation with a known torque

I have an object I can rotate with a given torque. I would like to stop applying torque once I've reached a defined maximum rotational speed. The maximum rotational speed should be defined so that ...
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Rolling without slipping in absence of friction force

I'm confused about a rolling without slipping situation. Suppose to have a disk of radius $R$ on a floor, and exert a horizontal force at a certain distance $r$ from the center of mass. I would like ...
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Why the similarity in the Equations of Motion for Rotational and Rectilinear Motion?

These are the equations of motion given constant acceleration, for first rectilinear and then rotational motion. Rectilinear Motion: Rotational Motion: While the variables have changed, and the ...
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Why does the pen does not move straight?

If i put a pen on a table in its horizontal position and then i try to move it horizontally by giving it a small push, so that it would fall off a table, i expect it to move horizontally but my pen ( ...
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Will an object rotate when we apply a force to it?

What would happen if the axis of rotation passes through the centre of mass of an object? Will the object rotate when we will apply a force to the object? Edit: The object is free, is not fixed to an ...
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Distinction between torque and force

Distinction between Torque and Force. Consider a case when a cylinder is rolling down a rough inclined plane. While analysing its motion, we consider the force applied by the friction and the ...
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Feynman Lectures: Trigonometry Error in Rotational Dynamics?

I'm reading through Vol. 1 Chaper 18, and Feynman says that in the system: (See here for a higher resolution copy - can't embed SVGs), the length of $PQ$ is equal to $r\Delta\theta$: If $OP$ is ...
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Uniform Circular Motion and Centripetal Acceleration

In introductory physics books (or at least mine) it limits the equation $a_c=v^2/r$ to the situation where the speed around the circular path is constant. It enforces the idea that the speed is ...
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Why is velocity of outermost point on a rotating wheel double the velocity of centre of mass?

'In the answers to one of the questions based on rotation of a disc in my physics book the answer includes the statement 'As we know that the velocity of outermost point on a rotating disc is double ...
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Angular momentum of rolling sphere [closed]

A sphere of uniform density $\rho$ and radius $r$ is rolling without slipping on a perfectly flat surface. It is moving in a perfectly straight line and its axis of rotation is parallel to the plane ...
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Spinning disk touches stationary disk [closed]

Suppose we have a solid disk of mass $M$ and radius $R$ that is spinning at an angular velocity of $\omega_0$ about an axis going out its cm. It is brought to touch a stationary disk of mass $m$ and ...
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Why does an ice hockey stick, when thrown on ice always rotate and translate together before coming to rest? Why not only rotate or only translate?

When a hockey stick is thrown on ice it simultaneously rotates and translates before stopping. Friction probably plays the main role here, along with the shape of the stick. I think maybe it is due to ...
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Rotational speed of a planet [closed]

Is there a way to calculate the rotational speed (or day length) of a planet? If not then what are the factors? I mean what affects the speed? Is it just the distance from Sun (like period of a ...
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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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When will the pringles can fall?

When I'm pushing a tall, cylindrical object stood on its end (like a Pringles can) I can push it near its bottom, and it will slide forwards, or push it near the top, and it will topple over. So, ...
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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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If a ball spinning on a rod hits another ball, what is conserved linear or angular momentum?

Suppose a 1-kg ball A is fixed to a spoke 0.2 m long, which is attached to an axle so that the ball can rotate (v=10m/s, KE=50J, $\omega$=50 rps, L=2, p=0) Now, there is a second ball B (m=1kg), ...
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Derivation of Euler's equations for rigid body rotation

Sorry for using this image, but I thought this was the most convenient way of asking this question. Please zoom in. I do not understand from the line, "Now, in the body frame $T = (T_{x'}, T_{y'}, T_{...
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Moment of Inertia and Rotational Dynamics? [closed]

I'm having problems with the intuition behind the Parallel axis theorem and the Perpendicular axis theorem. I'm self studying Mechanics for the British Curriculum but, the book I've is missing the ...
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What is the friction between cylinder and wall (ground)?

A hollow cylinder (radius $R$) is rolling against the wall at angular speed $\omega$. The coefficient of friction between the cylinder and the wall(ground) is $\mu$. After how many rotations the ...
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Independence of angular momentum with respect to origin for rotation about center of mass

Why is angular momentum for rotation about the center of mass independent of origin of the coordinate system?
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Kinetic Energy And Rotational Motion

The problem is, "A metal can containing condensed mushroom soup has mass 220 g, height 11.0 cm and diameter 6.38 cm. It is placed at rest on its side at the top of a 3.00-m-long incline that is at 30....
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Centripetal force of a rotating rigid body?

Consider someone pushing a roundabout in a playground. Initially the roundabout is stationary, but when it is pushed, it rotates with increasing rotational speed. The force of the push is ...
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Moment of inertia of 4 particle system

Four particles are connected by rigid rods of negligible mass. The origin is at the center of the rectangle. The system rotates in the $xy$ plane about the z axis with an angular speed of $6$ rad/s. ...
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How I think about rolling [closed]

Below, I have written how I think about rolling. I wish to know if my idea as to how it works is correct. Consider a rigid ball on a plane which has considerable friction. If you push the ball ...
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Conservation of angular momentum during rolling

A disk having initial angular velocity $\omega$ is gently placed on a rough horizontal surface. What is the angular velocity of rotation when pure rolling starts? I've tried applying conservation of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Can the anti-torque of a motor be used to spin a space vehicle about it's axis?

Imagine an electric motor together with its power supply in space. What exactly will happen to it if it is suddenly powered? Will it spin about its axis, or it will experience no motion relative to an ...
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Compute the inertial tensor and then solve the equation? [closed]

If the $J_{\Omega}$ is the following matrix, which is solved by ja72 in How to compute the inertia tensor ${\bf{J}} _{\Omega}$ of a body of revolution: $${\bf J} = \rho\, \begin{bmatrix} \frac{\pi}{2}\...
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$F=ma$ contest problem on angular momentum [closed]

Problem #25 from the 2009 $F=ma$ contest: Two discs are mounted on thin, lightweight rods oriented through their centers and normal to the discs. These axles are constrained to be vertical at all ...
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Flipping a bottle

I tried to do this experiment recently at school and my house. I started the experiment by having three same type of bottles with the labels A,B and C. Bottle A has been fully filled with water, ...
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Problem in understanding the process of calculating the rotational inertia

As we know, rotational inertia is the mass-equivalent in rotation. For a discrete body, it is measured as $$I = \sum m_i{r_i}^2 $$ . But when a continuous body comes, $$I = \int r^2 .dm$$ which ...