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

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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 doesn't this differential derivation of the centripetal acceleration formula work?

I wanted to derive centripetal acceleration from scratch and tried using differential equations. But no matter what I did I hit a snag as follows: $\alpha=$ centripetal acceleration $\omega=$ ...
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To prove uniqueness of Rotation Tensor [closed]

How can you prove that a rotation tensor which rotates some given vector is a unique tensor? Let's say we have a vector 'a' and we take a tensor product of that vector with some tensor 'Z' such that: ...
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Expressing 3D orientation in alternative to Euler angles for 3D rigid body dynamics

I was unsure whether it would be best to post this in Physics, Maths, or other forums, so please say if this question is suited better elsewhere. I am trying trying to create a physics engine for a ...
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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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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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Does rotation increase mass?

If an object is rotated on its axis near the speed of light would its mass increase? Normally if the object was moving (in relationship to the Earth for example) I would agree that its mass would ...
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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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Inertial navigation system: am I doing it wrong?

I'm trying to develop an inertial navigation system. I can access data from an accelerometer sensor (acceleration on three axes) and gyroscope sensor (angular velocity on three axes). First of all, ...
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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 = ...
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How to find angular velocity of rotated objects in 3D

I am trying to obtain equation for angular velocity of rotated object in 3d. I started with defining yaw, pitch and roll angles. Then I wrote rotation matrices from these angles. As I understand it ...
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Trouble with rotational kinematics

I'm having a bit of trouble with the following homework problem: My thinking is there are only three forces acting on the laundry: the force due to centripetal acceleration, the force due to ...
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Is rotational motion of the centre of mass impossible?

We know that for a system, the center of mass $CM$ moves as a particle as though all the forces on the system were acting on it. So does that mean rotational motion of the center of gravity ...
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How far does the ball travel before pure rolling motion occurs? [closed]

A bowling ball is given an initial speed $V_o = 10 \text{m/s}$ on an alley such that it initially slides without rolling. The coefficient of friction between the ball and the alley is $\mu = 0.06$. ...
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Comet's distance with and without gravity [closed]

I've got this question that I just can't seem to answer. The question is as follows: A comet approaches the solar system with velocity v and would, if the sun would not attract the comet, pass the ...
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How does a cyclist moves the center of mass of the cycle-cyclist system?

Consider the image shown below, In the left diagram the centre of mass of the system lies upon the perpendicular from the point of contact. But in the right diagram the centre of mass has shifted ...
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Simplified rolling tire problem - hollow shell vs solid?

First off, I don't understand the math formatting thing on here, but none of these formulae are too complicated. Take a tire rolling down a hill with angle t and distance d. Modeling it as a hollow ...
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Mercury's rotation, Disturbation's caused by thermodynamics

Mercury rotates sychronized like two-stroke machine. As it's solar day is 2 mercurian years.(Orbital periods) Or should we say 3:2-stroke machine, as it's Orbital period is 87.969 Earthdays, and it'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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Kinetic energy for rotating round body having its COM not at the centre

Say I have a round object, whose center of mass is NOT in its center. This can be caused due to a hole or non uniform distribution of density. The object rolls on the ground with velocity of ...
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How to model a very simple spinning wheel

First off, I'm not a physics person, just a lowly software engineer with below average math skills. What I've written is a simple animation of a spinning wheel using C++/GTK/Cairo. It allows the user ...
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An electromagnetic induction problem [closed]

The question goes like this : A thin non conducting horizontal disc of mass $m$ having total charge $q$ distributed uniformly over its surface, can rotate freely about its own axis. Initially ...
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Kinetic energy of a body rotating on another rotating body

Consider a body which can freely rotate with respect to the inertial frame, and a rotating disk whose axis is fixed in body frame. When applying the lagrangian method (does that make a difference?), ...
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What's The Minimum distance?

My Friend gave me a question today. The question was.:: We have a point A. At a distance of $x_0$ from the point. There is a particle$(P_1)$. Also, a particle is present at the point A $(P_2)$.The ...
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Constant power in rotational dynamics

I am having trouble understanding and applying the concept of constant power (e.g. a motor) in rotational dynamics. We have that: $$P=\tau\omega$$ Therefore if we imagine a physical system with a ...
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Reaction force of the ground beyond the equator

Let's imagine a person standing somewhere on Earth, but not on the equator, i.e. somewhere with a positive net value of latitude. Since the Earth spins around its axis and the person spins along, the ...
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Motion of rigid body system in absense of work

In the absence of work on the system, is there a closed form equation for the motion of a set of constrained rigid bodies (let's say, using Revolute (ie: simple pivot) constraints)? If the bodies are ...
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Applying multiple forces to one object and calculate net movement and rotation?

I'm working on a small game as a hobby project, and I've run into a problem that would seem simple, to me, but that I can't find any information on or solution to. How would one go about figuring ...
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If a spaceship was pulled toward a sun, would it spin?

I was watching a movie. A spaceship was forced into "warp speed". The co-ordinates could not be set. The spaceships trajectory was that of a nearby sun. Forcing the spaceship to power down was the ...
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Landau Lifshitz energy for uniform rotation

Landau Lifshitz claim in their Mechanics book (39.11) that for a uniform rotation we have $ E = \frac{mv^2}{2} - \frac{m}{2} (\omega \times r)^2 + U,$ where the rotation is given by $v' = v + \omega ...