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

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What are the Kinematics of an Irregular Tripod?

It is a common maxim (at least within the Scouting community) that a triangle is the most stable shape. In practice this means structures should have three legs whenever possible, and have cross-bars ...
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Alternate Formulation of Kinetic Energy for Lagrangian

So I have a question regarding this system: It is supposed to be a simple model of an aircraft with the fuselage idealized as a concentrated mass $M_0$ and the wings modeled as rigid bars carrying ...
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Sign of torque when rolling an object down an incline

Suppose you have an object rolling down the incline at 30 degrees. Given the point of contact is instantaneously at rest, I decided to analyse torques at that point. Therefore, the only force ...
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Velocity required for a car on a a frictionless banked surface

My textbook has clearly explained and derived a velocity that is required for a car to navigate a turn on a frictionless banked surface. I have understood it too. My doubt is about what happens when ...
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A smaller sphere purely rolling down without slipping over another larger sphere [closed]

In this question we have to find out the angular velocity of the smaller sphere about its own axis at the instant it leaves the surface of the larger sphere and it is given that the smaller sphere is ...
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Power exerted by the contact force on a wheel slipping without rolling?

I was taking an old (2008) Mechanics of materials examination, and the system is a sphere on a half circular motionless rail. We first study the motion of the sphere in the case of rolling without ...
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A Confusion in Rotational Dynamics

I am trying to analyse the following situation using classical mechanical concepts. Consider a a straight rod $AB$ of mass $M$ and length $L$ placed on a frictionless horizontal surface. A force $F$ ...
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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 the bob leaves the circular path when tension in the string becomes zero [duplicate]

In vertical circular motion of a bob attached with a string, we say that the bob leaves the circular path when tension in the string becomes zero. But even when tension becomes zero there's ...
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Is displacement in circular motion a chord or an arc?

When taking the displacement between two points along a circular path to calculate its velocity, do you take the length of a chord connecting the two points or do you take the length of the arc ...
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Angular Speed and Normal Speed

The instantaneous speed of a point along a circular path is given by $v=\omega r$, where $\omega = \frac{\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}$, $s=\Delta \theta r$, and $v=\frac{s}{t}$. However, isn’t the ...
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If the Earth is in constant motion then why do we say that an object is in a state of rest?

I got this question as my physics class homework for tomorrow. Anyone please help me out. If Earth constantly rotates and revolves, then how can we call an object in a state of rest?
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Difference between circular motion and rotational motion

Are rotational motion and circular motion different or the same? If different then when can we say that a body is in circular motion, and when it's in rotational motion? I find several answers where ...
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Anti-centrifugal force? [duplicate]

I put some balls (denser than water) in a bucket. I took a stirring rod, and swirled the water in one direction. The water became low in the middle, and high along the edges (centrifugal force). But ...
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How can we find velocity, acceleration etc, of a revolving particle with respect to an observer inside the circle(not at center)

A particle is revolving in horizontal a circle of radius $R$ with constant speed of $|\vec{v}|$ and constant angular velocity $\omega$. There is another observer standing inside the circle, at a ...
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Why isn't angular velocity the moment of velocity if angular momentum is moment of momentum? [closed]

Angular momentum can be defined as $L$ = $\textbf{r}$ x $m\textbf{v}$. Why is angular velocity $\omega$ then not $\textbf{r}$ x $\textbf{v}$, but instead $v = \omega \times \textbf{r}$?
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Is $v$ not always equal to $\omega r$ in angular motion?

NB:I am not asking an answer for the question quoted. I had this question given in my book: A ring of radius $R$ rolls on a horizontal ground with linear speed $v$ and angular speed $\omega ...
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Conservation of Energy vs Conservation of Momentum in Rotational Dynamics

It is clear to me why angular momentum is always conserved, and how in some cases energy is not necessarily conserved within the system (in those cases where bodies deform, or friction is involved). ...
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Best learning of gyroscopic motion? [duplicate]

I crave to learn the nitty-gritty of attitude dynamics - namely I want to get really up close and personal with angular momentum, gyroscopic motion, non-inertial effects. I'm looking for a resource ...
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Do rotational degrees of freedom contribute to temperature?

Recently I have come across a mathematical problem where I was said to calculate the temperature increase of certain mol of N2 gas confined in a room. However, I found that there was only ...
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How do I know what variable to use for the chain rule?

In my textbook the tangential acceleration is given like this: $$a_t=\frac{dv}{dt}=r\frac{dw}{dt}$$ $$a_t=rα$$ I understand that the chain rule is applied here like this: ...
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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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Why is moment of inertia for a point same as a ring

The moment of inertia of a point and ring are both $m R^2$. It is interesting that the formula for moment of inertia is exactly the same for both. Is there any physical reason why this is the case? I ...
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Gear ratio in bicycles using rotational motion

When we change the gears of the bicycle we are riding, we change the the disc we are currently at (which are located at the place where we pedal) to some other disc. This means the radius of the ...
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Conical train wheels

I've been reading about how the conical shape of train wheels helps trains round turns without a differential. For those who are unfamiliar with the idea, the conical shape allows the wheels to shift ...
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How to Calculate Engine Torque from Wheel Torque?

Not sure if this is the right place to post - so feel free to tell me to go away :) Im trying to understand how I can use wheel torque curves to estimate the engine torque vs engine rpm relationship. ...
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How to work out the gravitational potential energy of rotating rod

I know that the kinetic energy of a rotating rod is $$ KE_{rot}=\frac12I\omega^2 $$ where $I$ is the moment of inertia. But is there some way to calculate gravitational potential energy using just ...
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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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About the rotating speed of a light beam which has been reflected off a rotating mirror [closed]

A light beam generated from a source reaches a rotating mirror (x m away from the source), and is reflected off to a fixed mirror ( x m from the rotating mirror ), and again back to the rotating ...
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Using Moment of Intertia Definition to Calculate Rod's Moment of Intertia [closed]

I would like to use the moment of intertia definition to calculate the moment of inertia in this problem (from 3,000 solved problems in Physics, Schaum's Outlines): "A rod of length L is composed of ...
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Minimum velocity of the particle at the highest point [closed]

A particle of mass m is fixed to one end of a light rod of length l and rotated in a vertical circular path about its other end. What is the minimum speed of the particle at the highest point? ...
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Rotation of center in rotational motion

For a wheel in pure rotational motion; Does the center rotate? Is there a point in wheel which do not rotate? What can we say about angular velocity of the center? From where we can start to use the ...
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A simple derivation of the Centripetal Acceleration Formula?

Could someone show me a simple and intuitive derivation of the Centripetal Acceleration Formula $a=v^2/r$, preferably one that does not involve calculus or advanced trigonometry?
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Why do we ignore rotational energy in monatomic gases? [duplicate]

I understand that the average energy of each degree of freedom in a thermodynamic system is $\frac12kT$. And so, for an ideal monatomic gas, there are three degrees of freedom associated with the ...
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Does gravity play a role in the Earth's equatorial bulge? [duplicate]

I'm trying to understand why the Earth bulges at the equator. But before looking at the Earth, which introduces gravity, I wanted to make sure I understood the shape of some rotating objects and ...
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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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Euler Angles with respect to base body when Euler Angles with respect to another body is known

Let's say I have a fixed base body $B_0$ with a reference frame $X_0Y_0Z_0$, and two other bodies, $B_1$ and $B_2$, rotated arbitrarily with respect to this base body. Coordinate systems fixed to ...
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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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Combining moments of Inertia in gear chain

I've got two objects connected by a rod along it's axis of rotation (e.g. a sphere on top of a flat cylinder rotating around it's symmetric axis). Assuming the effects of the rod are negligible, is ...
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Angular acceleration - radial & tangential

Since ever I knew that radial (angular acceleration) is equal to $ W^2 * R = V^2 / R $ and that the tangential depends in the situation (School physics & calculus). Recently I encountered the ...
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Equation of Motion for Rigid Body Motion

In a paper, eq 24 I am reading, the author mentions the equation of rigid body motion which is written as the sum of translational motion of the centre of mass, $x_G(t)$ and a rotational term about an ...
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On application of angular momentum conservation laws

Consider a situation like this: a massless ring is kept fixed at rest on a horizontal plane. A massless thin string attached at its one end to a point on the circumference of the ring while its other ...
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Force acting on a wheel of a two-wheeled self balancing bot

Proceeding further with my work on a self-balancing bot as posted here: http://bit.ly/1FfI6LK I've gotten stuck at the following equation: n = Gear ratio $K_t$ = DC motor torque constant $i_l$ = DC ...
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Yaw angle calculation for a two-wheeled inverted pendulum

[Sorry, if this is a basic question. I'm a software engineer, learning mechanical engineering concepts by trying to build a self-balancing robot] I'm unable to understand the yaw angle equation: ...
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Can't we assign any other direction for instantaneous angular velocity except along the axis of rotation? [duplicate]

We specify the direction of instantaneous angular velocity using the right hand thumb rule. I just want to know that is it just a matter of convention or we don't have any other direction for it to be ...
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how to rotate scaled-vector (orientation) by scaled-vector (rotation)

Recently I seem to have gotten the physics-engine portion of my 3D simulation/game engine [apparently] working correctly. The most convenient way to store and compute position and orientation are in ...
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How Burmester's theory converts rotary motion of the crank to linear movement?

I have been studying the mechanism of Klann's Mechanical spider and there it was written that by Burmester's theory it converts rotary motion of the crank to linear movement. I tried searching but how ...
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Simple Harmonic Motion of sphere [closed]

Problem: A solid sphere of radius 15cm is pivoted at a point on its surface. It is held so that the diameter passing through both the pivot and the center of the sphere makes a 0.15 radian ...
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Angular and linear displacement of a turning car

My illustration is supposed to show a simplified car (with just two wheels, where the front wheel has been rotated $-90 \text{ degrees}$). Let the car travel at constant speed. This means that the ...
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Normal force on a banked road & why it's larger than the gravitational force here

Please read this: http://www.askiitians.com/iit-jee-physics/mechanics/banking-of-roads.aspx From my understanding of normal forces, they are a reaction to gravitational or other forces. When a force ...