A tag for questions about rotational motion, including angular velocity and angular acceleration.

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Where does a spinning figure skater's energy go when she slows down?

Today in physics class we were talking about angular momentum and rotational kinetic energy. My teacher used the classic example of a figure skater spinning on ice - when she pulls her arms in, her ...
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Rotation axis of a rigid body

I am confused about a trivial concept. Let the rotation of a rigid body, say with one point fixed, be described by the equation $\vec{x}(t)=R(t)\vec{x}(0)$, with $R(0)=I$. Then, at each instant ...
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How come a rigid body has 6 degrees of freedoms (DOFs) ? Isn't velocity a DOF?

For rigid body we need to know position of three points and their velocities to determine everything. So that would make 12 DOF. Why do text books say it has six DOFs?
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Why is the Earth self-rotating? [duplicate]

What drives this happen? Would it be the internal energy or by an external force? I did try to Google the answer, but could not find a good one.
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What is the percentage of energy recovery in Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems(KERS) in cars?

Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems (KERS) use flywheels to recover energy from the kinetic motion of cars. They use a rotating flywheel that generates energy as it rotates- this generates the electric ...
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Non-constant angular velocity

In this paper about Backstepping controll of a quadrotor helicopter an algorithm for control is described, but I have hit a dead end. In equation 15 it is described the part of state space for the ...
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Cayley-Klein Parameters

I have a very simple question(I guess )to ask $$\frac{d\mathbf{m}}{dt}= \mathbf{C} \times \mathbf{m}$$ where $\mathbf{m}$ and $\mathbf{C}$ are vectors. Assume that $\mathbf{C}$ is constant over a ...
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Angular Momentum of a rigid, extended object

Angular momentum of an object is a physical quantity that depends on the chosen point about which to calculate the angular momentum. It is often said that an object that has been thrown up in the air ...
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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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Instantaneous angular momentum of a disc

Suppose we have a disk of radius $r$ and mass $m$ travelling at velocity $v$. I want to calculate the instantaneous angular momentum with axis through the edge of the disc (on the circumference). ...
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Asking about centrepetal acceleration

please look at the fig first 1) How can you claim that the triangle ABC is same as the triangle PQR? 2) How can you claim that the angle between V1 and V2 is same as the angle between AC and AB? ...
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How does weight/mass affect angular momentum?

How does weight/mass affect angular momentum? For my 8th gr science fair project I have to do an experiment on angular momentum. My problem is that we have not been taught any of that in physics yet, ...
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Relating angular and linear kinematics

In my physics book "University Physics", there is a chapter on relating linear and angular kinematics. I understand the parts where it shows $v = r\omega$ and $a_{\text{tan}} = r\alpha$. However in ...
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What's the right way to calculate the principal moment of inertia?

I am writing a program that incorporates calculating the principal moment of inertia for a protein residue based on its component atom XYZ coordinates. I am exceedingly confused about which formulas ...
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Kinematics of Euler angles relative to a rotating frame

I have a rotating body $B$ and a rotating frame $F$ whose orientations are described by the quaternions $q_B$ and $q_F$ respectively. I also have the angular velocity vectors $\omega_B$ and ...
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Why did Feynman tell “we cannot locate earth's angular position, but we can tell that it is changing”?

I was reading "Symmetry in physics" by Feynman, where he wrote: If we perform sufficiently delicate experiments, we can tell that the earth is rotating, but not that it had rotated. In other ...
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Would a large, small mass object in orbit experience induced rotation

Imagine a large (multiple earth radii), very small-mass ring orbiting The Sun. Half of the ring would be closer to The Sun than the outer half. Since orbital velocity decreases with distance, two free ...
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General motion of a cone on an inclined surface

Suppose that a solid cone is placed horizontally on an inclined surface and is initially at rest. How will the cone move when it starts motion due to its weight? I know that its motion depends on the ...
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Integration on a general equation for instantaneous angular acceleration

An equation for instantaneous angular acceleration is given as: $$ \alpha \equiv \lim_{\Delta t\to0}\frac{\Delta \omega}{\Delta t} = \frac{d\omega}{dt} $$ The text I am reading says writing this ...
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Equations of motion in 2D [closed]

I'm struggling with a seemingly simple problem in 2D motion. Basically, the question is, given accelerations in $x$ and $y$ ($a_x$ and $a_y$) as well as the angular velocity ($\omega$), how can we ...
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Paradox of the Relativistic Record Player [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Invariant spacetime - distance - Circular Motion This is a question that I thought up a few years ago when I was taking mechanics. I asked the professor but didn't ...
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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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Differentiating a vector product

$$m_i\mathbf{r}_i\times\frac{\mathrm{d}^2\mathbf{r}_i}{\mathrm{d}t^2} = \frac{\mathrm{d}}{\mathrm{d}t}\biggl(m_i\mathbf{r}_i\times\frac{\mathrm{d}\mathbf{r}_i}{\mathrm{d}t}\biggr)$$ I do not ...
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The Earth is spinning, so why don't we jump and land on a different location?

I know there are similar questions in stackexchange but i think it's different and detailed. The earth is spinning 465 meters/second so why don't we jump and land on a different location ? I have ...
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Why can mass not be considered concentrated at CM (center of mass) for rotational motion?

Could anyone explain the following expression: Why can mass not be considered concentrated at CM (center of mass) for rotational motion?
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Does circular motion cause centripetal force OR does centripetal force cause circular motion?

Does circular motion cause centripetal force, or does centripetal force cause circular motion, or are they both occurring hand in hand together instantaneously? One more question: If I project a body ...
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If angular velocity & angular acceleration are vectors, why not angular displacement?

Are angular quantities vector? ... It is not easy to get used to representing angular quantities as vectors. We instinctively expect that something should be moving along the direction of a ...
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At what point does force stop translating an object and start purely rotating it? [duplicate]

At what point (or distance) from the axis of rotation, does force applied on a rigid body stop translating and purely rotating the body? Can such a point even exist? Does the body always have to ...
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What kind of physical quantity is angular displacement?

Angular Displacement is neither a vector nor a scalar. What type of physical quantity it is? Are there any other examples of that physical quantity?
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Applying angular velocity to a rotation matrix

I have a very simple question. In our project we store an object's orientation as a 3x3 matrix which holds the orthonormal base of that object's local space. For instance if the object is aligned with ...
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Observations of erratic rotation of asteroids

An asteroid generally has an irregular shape, therefore, one would expect its rotation is quite erratic in some sense. Are there any observational examples?
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If a car moves at a certain speed, how fast is its wheel going?

Say in a given instance a car moves with speed $v$ and consider any wheel of the car. How fast is it going? Is it the case that the center of the wheel moves at the same speed as the car i.e. $v$? Why ...
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Rotational Potential Energy of a Hamster Wheel

Background (unimportant back story)A colleague of mine showed me what i considered flawed statistics, that Internet Explorer had faster Index and array functions than Chrome(we are software ...
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Relative linear velocity of a particle to a rotating object

I am trying to calculate the "relative linear velocity" of a particle moving over a rotating object. According to this paper (section 2.2) I am reading the relative linear velocity is calculated by: ...
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Why aren't all points on a rolling ball moving?

If a ball is rolling down a hill as shown, what can be said about the points indicated at that particular point in motion? (A) Point A is moving to the left, Point B is at temporarily at ...
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On the no-faster-than-light in special relativity

In the special relativity it is well established that, in the vacuum no one can ever travel faster than light, due to the relativistic velocity addition formula. Recently I saw some silly statement ...
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What role does inertia play in determining how long an egg rotates?

There are two identical eggs boiled egg and raw egg, both are rotated with same angular speed. Which one will come to rest earlier? I have read this question, but it discuss more about friction and ...
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How to calculate rotational velocity from torque [closed]

Problem as stated: A radio transmission tower has a mass of 80 kg and is 12 m high. The tower is anchored to the ground by a flexible joint at its base, but it is secured by three cables 120 ∘ apart. ...
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Angular acceleration and linear acceleration

I have a small confusion. I learned very recently that all particles of a rotating body have the same angular acceleration but different linear acceleration (same for velocity as well). But how is ...
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Rotational inertia of a ball

This question refers to the solution of problem 12 here. It involves a spherical shell of mass $M$ filled with frictionless fluid of mass $M$ rolling down an inclined plane. (This is problem 12 of ...
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What happens if the earth stops rotating? [duplicate]

I was wondering what would happen to all the components on the surface of the Earth if the Earth suddenly stops rotating but does not stop revolving.
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A pretty dumb question on observation

Very often I have seen, that a bicyclist can balance himself better, while in motion, than he can while at rest(with his legs on the paddles of the bicycle). Now, I know that objects, say, a disc ...
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Rod sliding on a frictionless surface

A uniform rod$(m,l)$ is standing vertically on a horizontal frictionless surface. Gravity is downwards and uniform. I give its upper end a little push and off it goes. I want to find the Normal ...
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Expression for kinetic energy of gas per molecule

The average kinetic energy (KE) per molecule of a gas is $\frac{3}{2}kT$. While finding this we do $$ \text{ Average KE} =\frac{1}{2} M \frac{1}{N}\sum v^2=\frac{3}{2}kT$$ But why do we not add ...
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Determine the velocity and acceleration of the vertex $B$

1) The bent rod $ABCD$ rotates about the line $AD$ whit a constant angular velocity of $90 rad / s$. Determine the velocity and acceleration of the vertex $B$ when the rod is in the position shown in ...
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How is torque equal to moment of inertia times angular acceleration divided by g?

How is the following relation true $$\tau = \large\frac{I}{g} \times \alpha$$ where $\tau$ is torque, $I$ is moment of inertia, $g= 9.8ms^{-2}$, and $\alpha=$ angular acceleration.
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Internal/Rotational angular momentum

I have some difficulties to understand the relation between the internal and the rotational angular momentum of a rigid body which is also known as König's theorem, so what physical intuition lies ...
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Extracting acceleration vector from rotated aircraft

Suppose we have an aircraft with accelerometer measuring accelerations along each axis. It is mounted in a way so it is perpendicular to the plane in all axes (that should be obvious). We also have ...
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What are the expressions for rotational and translational kinetic energies of a system of point particles?

Consider a system of point particles , where the mass of particle $i$ is $\mu_i$ and its position vector is $r_i$. What are the expressions for translational kinetic energy and rotational kinetic ...
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Hollow Wheels Down a Hill

Lets say I have a hoop of mass $M$ and radius $R$. It is rolling down a hill without slipping, so I don't need to worry about friction doing work on it. Lets say the angular speed is $\omega = ...