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

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What will be the new moment of inertia? [on hold]

Let assume we have a sphere of radius $R$, and we can simply calculate the moment of inertia if we consider the axis is going through the center O. Let's cut a sphere small radius $r$ from the sphere ...
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What is the importance of torque direction?

I understand the right-hand rule and direction of the force on an arm, but what exactly is this 'direction' that results from the cross product of the vectors $T = r \times F$? On paper, what is this ...
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A lever arm-definition question

My question is regarding Torque, and specifically the definition of the lever arm. As far as I've understood, the lever arm is the line perpendicular to the line of action to your reference point. ...
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How does this dumbbell rotate?

I am reading the book Spacecraft Attitude Determination and Control by J.R. Wertz, and on page 488 it says: My question is: how does the axis of rotation, $\hat{\omega}$, rotate? How does ...
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Could a meteor cause the flood from Noah's time in the bible? [on hold]

In the Bible it was said before Noah's flood man lived to be around a thousand years old. Shortly after the flood the life span went to about 120 years. Today 80 years. Could a meteor have hit at ...
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Principal moment of inertia for a rotating body

My major is not in physics. I am reading the following paper: (my problem is simple and not related with any optimization) http://arxiv.org/abs/1410.2841 (p.5~p.6) Suppose The ...
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Bottle stability optimization

A few days ago some friends and I played a game called "flunkeyball" where you need to upset a bottle with a ball. Then a question occurred: "How much water do we need to put into the bottle that its ...
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Simple Disk rolling with slipping on a horizontal plane

This is the first time I've encountered this scenario. I want to understand how to handle it. Since the disk is slipping, what would be the work done by the frictional force? What is the ...
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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 $w_1$ radians per second around its center of gravity and blue solid is ...
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Does center of mass affect how an object falls?

Suppose you drop an object which has two ends, of which one is heavy and the other is pretty light. Will the object fall with its heavier end downward or with the lighter one? Why does it happen?
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Stuck with 2D kinetics problem [on hold]

I've been trying to solve this exercise for the last four hours and I'm totally stuck. The problems goes like this: Given the mechanism in the image, located in the vertical plane, the OB cord ...
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Normal Force in Circular Motion

In the above diagram, sec 1 (on the left side), an object of mass $m$, after releasing from rest from a slant track, continues into a vertical circular track. At a random position on the circular ...
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Moment of Inertia of a curved part of a graph [closed]

How to find the moment of inertia of a curve about a given axis. For example : How can we find the MI of the curved part of :$$\sin x\ $$ EDIT: Assume the range from $$[0 ,2\pi ]$$ and the axis to ...
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Rolling Coin (Old Physics Quals Exam) derivation help [duplicate]

I am trying to understand the derivation for the angular velocity of a rolling coin in the problem given on this website: http://functionspace.com/question/27/answer/121 How does one find angular ...
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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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Wheel Sinkage Depth

I am trying to make a realistic car physics simulation for my game and the current thing that I am fighting to solve is rolling resistance. Although it's effect is minimal, this is important concept, ...
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Dynamics of pendulum coupled to a gyroscope [closed]

We know the dynamics of a pendulum and we know the dynamics of a gyroscope. I put together the following I diagram below. The interesting thing as that the system has a beat frequency where the ...
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Forces and acceleration on rotating objects?

Suppose you have an object undergoing uniform circular motion, with force vector pointing towards the center and another force vector tangential. Can it be said that the net force pointing in the ...
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Will rotating magnets slow down one another when interacting?

Will rotating magnets slow down one another when interacting? Two discs are spinning. Both have separate magnets attached. Disc one has a diameter of $8~\mathrm{cm}$ and disc two has a diameter ...
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Is it possible to throw a stick without giving it a rotational motion?

When walking with our dog I always throw wooden sticks for her. Then one time I wondered if I could throw the stick (normaly, so not like a spear) without imparting on it a rotational motion around ...
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Does a counterweight eliminate recoil/counter-torque?

A long, long time ago, I remember reading some scifi book that involved catapults whose throwing arm had a counterweight at the other end, such that the arm was balanced. The counterweight was not ...
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Time dependent ODE involving cross product

Let $\vec{A}$ be any time dependent vector quantity, and $\vec{\alpha}$ any constant vector. I was told that a solution to the differential equation $$ \dot{\vec{A}} = \vec{\alpha}\times\vec{A} $$ is ...
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Why golf balls travel faster if they spin?

From the book I have been given to read I found that balls spin due to the centripetal force but i am confused about how exactly do the resultant force causes it to spin and move forward about the ...
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A ball rolling at the bottom of a spherical bowl [duplicate]

This ball oscillates at the bottom of the spherical bowl which has sufficient friction that it doesn't slip throughout the motion and rolls without slipping. At the extreme points of its motion (as ...
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Does adding mass to the fan blades affect its max velocity?

If I replaced fan blades with congruent blades, the only difference being the second set has a higher density, would that affect the speed cap on the spin? I know it would affect acceleration, but I ...
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Can we know the tension of the string that is connected to a pully?

If the pulley have mass, I learned that T1 and T2 isn't same. then what about the circled part of the string? can we calculate the tension with given T1 and T2?
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how can we know the axle of an object's rotation? [duplicate]

For example, when we give a Force at an edge of an even stick, then we say that the stick rotates and the axle is the middle. But how can we say it will rotate at the middle? why can't the other part? ...
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Why is the vibration in my wire acting so oddly?

I was soldering a very thin wire today, and when I had one end firmly soldered, I accidentally bumped the wire diagonally with my tweezers. What I'd expect to happen is that the wire oscillates for a ...
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What is the direction of the friction force on a rolling ball?

Suppose you have a solid ball on a horizontal table. What is the direction of friction force when the ball I pushed horizontally and starts rolling? Why is the direction of friction as it is? Which ...
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How to calculate torque needed to rotate a ring held captive between two parts with a known compression force?

I'm wondering how to find the torque needed to rotate a ring that is held captive between two plates with a known friction coefficient, radius, and compression force. I'm assuming that the mass of the ...
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How does mass affect slipping of a rolling object?

I experimented by rolling a cylinder down a tube and noticed that by increasing its mass, it's time taken to reach the bottom decreased. Found out that mass doesn't actually affect the time taken, ...
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What is intertia tensor for tapered cylinder (solid and with separate inside and outside radii)?

I need the inertia tensor for tapered cylinders, both solid and hollow, and if possible with independent inner and outer radii on the $x$ and $y$ axes (so the cross-sections of the cylinders can be an ...
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Why does a coin falls faster when it's flipping as well?

From my experiments with measuring how fast a coin falls, I have consistently measured a faster falling rate for a coin that flips as it falls. As an example, a coin dropping on its edge from height ...
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Verifying directions of forces during pure rolling?

Let us take a cylinder on a rough horizontal surface. The cylinder undergoes pure rolling A vertical downward force acts on the cylinder to produce a clockwise rotation. The point at which it acts ...
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Rotating droplet of liquid

I'm interested in the fluid dynamics of a spherical droplet of liquid whose surface is forced to rotate at a constant velocity. I'm interested in either steady-state solutions (the internal flow ...
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How can you explain a paraboloid in a rotating liquid without centrifugal force or gravity?

How does a rotating container with liquid in it cause a paraboloid to form? My physics teacher says that it is incorrect to use Centrifugal force and Gravity, but after reading though many forums on ...
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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 rope walkers always carry a long stick with them?

I saw in the film The walk a guy who used to go from one high building to another via a rope. He carried with him this long stick. You´ll probably all know what I ...
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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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Does cutting of trees affect spin angular momentum of earth?

Cutting trees reduces earth's moment of inertia. So the spinning velocity of earth should be reduced day by day. Does it really happen?
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Rigid Body Dynamics - Calculating Rotation of an Object

I've looked everywhere and I can't quite find a concise answer, especially due to my limited knowledge and understanding of terminology. I found something called Rodrigues' Rotation Formula that ...
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Rotation of a rod due to a normal force

Suppose there's a rod suspended in space free from the effect of any force. Let a force F act at a distance x from one end. How can i prove that rotation will take place about an axis passing through ...
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Predicting top speed of a flywheel [duplicate]

I connect a DC motor to a flywheel with a given moment of inertia. I then supply that motor with a constant voltage and current for an infinite time interval. What do I need to know about my motor to ...
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How can angular velocity be constant even when there is a torque by friction?

A cylinder at rest lying on a rough ground is given an impulse which imparts a translational velocity (no angular velocity) to it. The question goes ahead with finding time after which rolling starts ...
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Ball under the water jet

What is the name of the physical principle that show that a ball under a water jet (for example in a bathtub) rotates but does not move? I am not able to find any video of this
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Protoplanetary disks, angular momentum and prograde orbits

So you've got a protoplanetary disk and you're going to gravitate yourself some planets together. The disk is made up of the usual planetary system stuff, dust and gas and whatnot, orbiting a common ...
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Rotation motion like the number 8

I'm a college student majoring in culinology and I'm trying to find out the reason or method of the number 8 motion. Responses doesn't have to be in culinology examples, but that would be a great help ...
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Is moment of inertia numerically additive?

NOTE: The following argument is being made for square only, not any general shape. We have this square plate: From Perpendicular Axis theorem, $$I_1 + I_2 = I_z \\ I_3 + I_4 = I_z$$ Also, $$...
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Cohesion Sliding Resistance meaning

What do we mean by "Cohesion Sliding Resistance"?? and how to calculate the value for the same for an iron object placed on a concrete surface for example? P.S.: All I know is this has the units of ...
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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 (...