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How can I approximate Jacobian Elliptic Functions in terms of basic integrable functions for the SO(3) rotation of a rigid body?

So, the rotation of a 3d body can be described with Euler's equations of motion giving the rotational velocity in components along the principal axes of inertia. As showed in f.ex. this paper, ...
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Why does the video recorded by a falling, rotating camera seem to stabilize?

Here is a video of a GoPro falling from a plane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrxPuk0JefA Any idea what is happening when the image "stabilizes" around 0:35? I think it is because the camera's ...
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Gimbal Lock: why is it a problem?

I was watching this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrUCBOlJdt4 about the gimbal lock problem. I understood that during rotations it could happen that one DOF disappear. Looking at the middle ...
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Rotating a Gaussian Beam

I need to see how the phase fronts of two gaussian beams interact when they intersect with each other. The two beams are tilted towards each other so that they intersect each other at their respective ...
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Difference of the O(N) Non-linear Sigma model and SO(N) Non-linearSigma model

The Hamiltonian \begin{equation} H=J\sum_{i,j}\vec{n}_i\cdot\vec{n}_j \end{equation} is invariant under a global rotation $\vec{n}_i\rightarrow R\vec{n}_i$, where $\vec{n}$ is a $N$ component rotor ...
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3 Axis Gryroscope with forced Precession and Limits of Motion

I am working a problem concerning a 3 axis gryoscope, the spinning mass is a magnet (dipole). This is part of a optical sensing device. The inner gimbal is for pitch rotation, and the outer gimbal is ...
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Videos of changing the orientation of an astronaut in space

Kane, Headrick and Yatteau describe in their paper "Experimental investigation of an astronaut maneuvering scheme" possible maneuvers to change the orientation in space without external torque. Is ...
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Forces and torques about the CENTER OF MASS of a physical pendulum

I'm currently stumped by the following situation. Say we've got a rectangular physical pendulum (think ruler with a hole-punch at one end). It's trivial to analyze the motion of the pendulum with the ...
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To prove uniqueness of the rotation tensor associated with rotation of a rigid body

Suppose there are $N$ particles embedded in a rigid body which undergoes some random rotation such that: $$ \overline{\overline {R}}_{ij} \otimes \vec{a}_{ij} = \vec{b}_{ij}$$ where, $i$ and $j$...
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Trying to understand the physical intuition on finding/deriving effective rotation radii of a rigid body

This question is inspired from the answer of this If the rolling is assumed to be without slipping, we can solve the problem by conservation of energy: $$ mg \Delta h = \frac{1}{2}mv^2 + \frac{1}...
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Calculating torque required to keep an object rotating

I am hoping someone can help me clear up my understanding on rotational dynamics. In particular, how to determine the torque required to keep an object rotating. My understanding (please tell me if ...
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Precession of angular momentum vector

I'm studying Classical Mechanics on Goldstein's book, so I'm using his terminology and notation. First I'll explain where the question comes from: consider a heavy symmetrical top and consider the ...
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Lagrange: when a potential force, when a generalized force?

Consider the following case of a drum unrolling a mass that is on a massless string wrapped around the drum: According to my professor, here we must consider the mass $m$ being in a gravitational ...
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Autocorrelation function corresponding to density of states with significant rotational motion

Most statistical physics textbooks (at least the ones I've found) state simply that the density of states of a system can be found as the temporal Fourier transform of the velocity autocorrelation ...
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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 $$H=\frac{1}{2}(\frac{L_x^2}{I}+\frac{L_y^2}{I}+\frac{L_z^2}{I_z})...
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How to get from momentum to force

Situation: I have a solid object (black) attached to a rod (blue) as shown below: The rod is fixed at the top. The solid object is a cylinder as shown, with a rate of rotation $\omega~\text{rad/s}...
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How to determine radius of curvature of cycloid using centripetal acceleration?

Whenever it comes to radius of curvature of complex curves like cycloid, we all take the help of calculus. But I am still in high school and not that competent with calculus, so please do not answer ...
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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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Movement of a gyroscope with non-fixed axis

Assume one has a gyroscope rotating around an axis with both ends leaning on a dedicated semiplane as shown on the picture below. There is no friction either between the rotor and the axis or between ...
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Seeking help simplifying this EOM equation

I am working on solving the equation of motion for a particular system. It has been a long time since I've worked with matrix equations and need help in simplifying the following: $\frac{d}{dt}$$(I_G\...
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Computing Latitude Given Quiescent Gyroscope Data

Suppose I place a gyroscope in a theoretically perfectly quiescent, closed room. Let its output be given as a vector ${\bf v} = (v_x, v_y, v_z)$ indicating rate of rotation around three orthogonal ...
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Why do control moment gyroscopes exhibit “torque amplification”?

There are a number of articles that describe the benefits of using control moment gyroscopes (CMGs) over reaction wheels in inertial navigation applications. One of the primary benefits of using a CMG ...
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Levitation rotation speed involving laser acceleration, pyrolytic graphite and a vacuum

The experment would involve a small NIB magnet levitating between or on the diamagnetic material pyrolytic graphite, unlike other forms of levitation this doesn't require power to run such as ...
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How to model an accelerometer measurements on a car wheel?

I am working on kinematically modelling an accelerometer on a car wheel. When working on the initial conditions, I am confused whether or not I should use the gravitational acceleration since there ...
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A trio of spinning marbles

My little brother showed me this devised act in which he stuck three marbles in a triangular pattern When he spun any of those marbles, the triplet would first rotate normally, but moments later, ...
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Dampening a swinging mass

Suppose a bar (black) sitting on a suspended ball (blue) has two rigid loads attached to it (red, green): Because the bar sits on a ball, the bar can swing clockwise or anti-clockwise. Suppose the ...
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Verlet integration with translation and rotation in 2D

I'm facing with some equations of motion (translation and rotation) in 2D, and I need to integrate them using Verlet approach. Anyway, I'm stuck with the rotational part. In my framework, bodies lie ...
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Why do trees sway?

Resonance can also occur in three dimensions (such as wind induced swaying) I tried to make a free body diagram (I know it is terribly wrong) to find the forces that causes the tree to undergo ...
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Angular velocity in body frame to displacement in lab frame?

For the case of a freely spinning symmetric top (no gravity), I derived the following equations, where $\omega_i$ is the angular velocity about a body-fixed axis: $$ \omega_1 = w_1 \cos (w_3 t) $$ $$ ...
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Does a potential of interaction produce also torque?

I have a system of particles (spheres with masses and radii), with $6$ degree of freedom (they are free to move and rotate as they wish). Between each couple there is an interaction potential $V(d)$, ...
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Simple powertrain dynamics

I'm trying to simulate vehicle powertrain and having problems at calculating correct impulse at the wheel. Here's what I have. Gear Ratio There are two gear ratio in the system $N_g$: ...
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Angular Momentum

I have several questions about angular momentum. 1.I know there are 2 parts of angular momentum - translational and rotational. For a body with respect to a fixed point, translational angular ...
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Uranus, the Physical model to change it's rotation axle

Uranus rotates pretty wierd, it's 90-degrees tilted; Why is Uranus's axis of rotation tilted? The best answer for this is; that at a distant point in its past, Uranus was struck by a very ...
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integrating small angular velocities

I know that for a constant angular velocity the following is true: $R=e^{W t} R_0$ where $W$ is an angular velocity tensor, $t$ is a time, and $R$ is a rotation matrix I believe the following is ...
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Solving for position of a SO(3) rotating object, given the integrable functions for components of angular velocity along the principle axes

Assuming that you have approximated or solved the Euler's Equations for components of angular velocity along its principal axes of inertia $x$, $y$ and $z$ - i.e. in the coordinate system that is ...
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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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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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Name for the transformation into an accelerated frame?

A transformation into a frame that looks at an experiment from a rotated perspective is called a rotation. A transformation into a frame that moves with a different constant velocity is called a ...
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Gears in contact?

I was doing a practice exam paper question that was along the following lines: A gear, $A$,and moment of inertia $I_A$ is spinning about its axis at angular velocity $\omega$. Another gear $B$ (...
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Torsion Spring Moment Calculation

I'm trying to extend the idea of a translational spring to a rotational spring. Consider a spring that acts on all displacements of a body: $$ \mathbf{F} = \begin{bmatrix} F_x \\ F_y \\ F_z \end{...
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Friction and work from torque

I would like to understand where is the error in the third case, for that I gave 2 easier cases where I'm able to find the energy from heating is equal to the energy lost by torque. Case 1/ Purple ...
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Deriving tensor in Euler's equations for rigid body rotation

The answer to physics.stackexchange.com/questions/104513 gives the following derivation of tensor $I$: $\begin{align} \frac{\text{d}}{\text{d}t} I &= \frac{\text{d}}{\text{d}t} (E\,I_{\text{body}}...
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A rigid rotating rod that breaks in two pieces

Suppose we have a rigid rod of lenght $L$ and homegenous mass density. One of its extreme points, say $P$, is fixed so that the rod can rotate around the axis passing in it. Initially the rod is held ...
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Restrained double pendulum

The equations of motion of a double pendulum are well-known. Usually you'd have the them expressed in the rotations $\theta_1(t)$ and $\theta_2(t)$. There are two degrees of freedom. Now consider the ...
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Is there any role of steering in turning?

I am aware of the practical requirement of turning the steering wheel to turn a car while going on a straight and even curved road. But in the proofs of turning of car on leveled or banked curves, we ...
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Degeneracy in molecular rotation energy levels for asymmetric molecules

I was recently reading Atkins' Physical Chemistry, the topic of rotational energies of molecules. It states the degeneracies of spherical top, symmetric and linear molecules as being $(2J+1)^2$, $2(...
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Moment of inertia about a tilted axis

I apologize if it seems foolish, I am a beginner. Suppose I am given an object, whose moment of inertia along the x,z axes are known. Suppose it rotates around a tilted axis, ...
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Magnetic field of solenoid in cone shape

I have done some drawings of the magnetic fields of cone shaped solenoid electromagnets. I based this on the work of Tesla and some explanations of Bashar, known as the Bashar Cones. I found very ...
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Why does angular velocity lies in the axis passing through the center of the circumference?

I understand that it can't be placed anywhere on the radius because it doesn't vary with it ( and so of course it doens't make sense to place it anywhere else on the plane), but why do we place it ...
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Limitations on the choice of axis of rotation regarding rolling wheels

Consider a situation where a wheel is rolling without friction on a level surface. Call the center of the wheel $C$, the point where the wheel contacts the ground $G$, and some arbitrary other point ...