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

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Understanding gyroscopes

Considering the typical situation of a rotating bicycle wheel held by one end of its axle by a rope tied to the ceiling: gravity torque is the time derivative of the angular momentum, and in this case ...
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How to model energy loss in a rotating body?

I recently asked a question about modeling instability in a rotating rigid body. I now realize that I was mentally confounding two different effects: The "Dzhanibekov effect" in which a rigid ...
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Sum of energy for 2 solids in rotation

I would like to compute the sum of energy of the following case: Two solids are turning (disks). Yellow solid is turning at $w1 rd/s$ around its center of gravity and blue solid is turning at ...
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Can a Storm make the day longer/shorter?

I've read that changes in jet streams can affect the speed that the Earth rotates on its axis, thus making the day longer or shorter?
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Why does the Earth rotate on its axis?

I know that the earth moves around the sun because of the gravity force, because the spacetime around the sun is curved. But why does the earth rotate on its axis, and which parameters can affect ...
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How do I treat the Lagrangian in the case of a rigid body?

Here's Exercise 1.11 from Goldstein's Classical Mechanics 3rd edition (the first one after having derived the Lagrangian basically): Exercise 1.11: Consider a uniform thin disk that rolls without ...
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Static as opposed to Kinetic Friction in Rolling Motion

During analysis of rolling motion, why do we consider coefficient of friction as that of static friction and not kinetic friction?
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What is the physics of a spinning coin?

When we spin a coin on a table, we observe 2 things: It slows down and stops after sometime. It does not stay at just one point on the table but its point of contact with table changes with time. ...
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Should angular momentum change or it should not.?

Let us consider a body with an arbitrary shape. Let its center of mass be assigned coordinates (o,o,z) with respect to an origin.Now let us consider two equal and opposite forces acting on the body ...
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Angular momentum in rotational motion

Ok so there are two things that have completely confused me- things related tangular momentum. 1.)First of all, how can a body possess angular momentum even though it is not rotating. according to ...
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Conservation of Angular Momentum, as related to a flywheel

Trying to work out some pesky flywheel dynamics for a project I'm working on, would love some for your assistance to better understand the underlying concepts. For a given flywheel (thin-walled ...
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Why do rolling disc (coin) move in circular path?

We have a coin that is rolled such that it's tilted at an small angle $ \theta $. Question:: What turns around rolling disc so that it traces circular motion (spiral as it's speed decreses)? ...
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Rolling of a disk and sphere

I am confused regarding the fact that when a disk is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping and similarly a solid sphere is rolling on an inclined plane without slipping then the sphere has ...
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Why does everything spin?

The origin of spin is some what a puzzle to me, everything spin from galaxies to planets to weather to electrons. Where has all the angular momentum come from? Why is it so natural? I was also ...
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Unbalancing a system of rotating masses - what happens?

Lets say you have a rod spinning on its long axis and this rod has a few smaller beams attached perpendicular to the rod at varying angles and with varying masses. Here's a picture from wikipedia to ...
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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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Changing Rotation Direction in Mid Air

Not sure whether this is an appropriate question for this site, but could anyone explain the physics behind how this skier is able to change his direction of rotation mid-air? ...
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Bizarre spinning top explanation?

If you watch the first three clips over here (mit opencourseware) - ...
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Can a rigid body have three independent rotations, about three different, mutually perpendicular axes?

It appears that this is kinematically possible, but it looks quite unprobable. For example, it is quite improbable for a sphere to have rotation about three mutually perpendicular axes (supposedly ...
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In 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional universes, stellar systems and galaxies are flat and disky. But what about in 4-dimensional universes?

I just watched that interesting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tmNXKqeUtJM In 2 dimensions a cloud of particles rotating in a plane is flat by definition since it's in 2 dimensions. ...
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Different directions of frictional force when objects are rolling

My textbook has two instances of rolling bodies (smooth rolling). In the first, the body is rolling on the horizontal floor with some acceleration of its centre of mass. In this case, the book says ...
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Can a ball stay still while laying on a inclined plane?

Suppose there is a ball on an inclined plane. So, there are three forces acting on it: normal force from the plane, gravity (which can be decomposed in the component of gravity perpendicular to the ...
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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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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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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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How to convert translational energy to rotational energy [closed]

Suppose that I have a body moving at certain velocity in straight line. So it has translational energy. I want to convert this energy to rotational energy of another body, by making the velocity of ...
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Cylinder falling down the edge of a table [closed]

Suppose, a cylinder is placed on its lateral side at the edge of a table, carefully, so that the slightest push makes it fall from the table. We give it a gentle push. And it begins to fall. How is ...
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Rotation and fictitious forces

A bug eats through an apple and forms a vertical, infinitesimally thin canal parallel to the vertical diameter at a distance $\frac{R}{2}$ from the center. The apple rotates at angular velocity around ...
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Sum of forces with liquid in rotation

It's not homework (I'm teacher). I would like to compute sum of forces on this study : The shape is symmetrical like that I'm sure the center of gravity is in the center of the shape. I compute ...
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Degrees of Freedom for an Asymmetric top

How many degrees of freedom does an asymmetric top have if it is rotating about a fixed point?What are the generalised coordinates used then?
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Maximum friction force for a wheel to be able to roll

The wheel with mass $M$ and radius $R$ below is free in space (it is not on the ground). A torque $\tau$ is applied to it through an engine. A horizontal force $F = \frac{\tau}{R}$ is also applied to ...
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How does ground interact with a box rotating around its corner?

I have some questions about how forces $F$, friction force $F_{friction}$, and normal $N$ interact in order to the box below to turn (clockwise) about the red corner, without sliding. The force $F$ is ...
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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 to deal with a box on a plane from the perspective of a non-inertial frame of reference?

I'm having a hard time trying to understand how combined translation and rotation happens when analyzed from a non-inertial frame of reference. I've read that second law of motion doesn't apply to a ...
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Is a motor HP torque directly proportional to the increasing HP among identical motors?

Say you have three motors: Motor 1 = .10 HP with x torque, performing task A Motor 2 = 1 HP with y torque, performing task A Motor 3 = 10 HP with z torque, performing task A If the motors are the ...
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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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Rotating/Translating Disk

I was trying to understand an aspect of rotational dynamics and thought of a problem to help me learn. I'm sure this problem has been considered by countless people in the past, but I'm having some ...
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Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? [closed]

Why is the slippage constraint for one moving cylinder and one fixed cylinder $r(\phi - \theta)=R \theta$? Every time I write it down on paper I get the result $r\phi = R \theta$. I am not sure if I ...
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Approximating Rolling/Sliding in 2D Shape

I'm trying to find more information on how a 2D shape (could be defined by a function, such as ellipse, or by a polygon) will roll across a surface. The shape could be nearly circular or quite ...
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How to calculate angle of inclination attained by a weigh balance on unequal loading?

Actually I need to rotate the beam (pivoted at centre) with constant angular velocity using the priciple of mass imbalance. Could anyone suggest what would be rate of decrease of mass in one pan ...
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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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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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Why does the weighing balance restore when tilted and released

I'm talking about a Weighing Balance shown in the figure: Press & Hold on onside of the horizontal beam and then release it. It makes some oscillations and comes back to equilibrium like shown ...
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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 happens inside a body when it rotates?

I'm studying rigid body dynamics lately. I came across the definition of torque, and though I've found a lot of explanations as to why there is an r there (the moment), all of them are mathematical ...
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Imaginary Angular Momentum [closed]

I recently came across a problem online where it asks you to interpret an imaginary angular momentum about an axis. Apparently there's a chance it has to do with superconducting. What is the correct ...
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Moment of inertia of disc with a hole

Suppose we have a disc with a hole, when computing moment of inertia of this about the disc's centre. Why do we subtract the moment of inertia of the removed part from the moment of inertia of ...
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Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets?

Given: Law of Conservation of Angular Momentum. Reverse spinning with dense atmosphere (92 times > Earth & CO2 dominant sulphur based). Surface same degree of aging all over. Hypothetical large ...
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On the origin of the rotation of celestial bodies [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does Venus rotate the opposite direction as other planets? Why does every thing spin? As far as I can imagine, almost each celestial body, star, planet, ...
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Why does the Earth rotate? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why does every thing spin? So why would the Earth, or any planet for that matter, rotate along an axis? I know of no force which could come into play here, so i assume ...