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

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Centripetal and Centrifugal force

If water stays in a pail of water that is whirled around a circular path, the water stays in the pail. But is it because of centripetal force or inertia? I'm getting confused by all the different ...
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Quick question on rotational motion

This is a quick one. (AP Physics B 1977): A box of mass M, held in place by friction, rides on the flatbed of a truck which is traveling with constant speed $v$. The truck is in on unbanked circular ...
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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 ...
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Apply torque in 3d [duplicate]

Suppose I have an object with some inertia tensor I and angular momentum l. Suppose I apply a torque t. How does the object's orientation change over time?
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Momentum of a rack and pinion gear system excited by a time variant force

Background I have a rack and pinion gear system as shown in the image below The pinion gear is attached to a flywheel at the back. The first state of the system, none of the gears or the ...
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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 ...
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Axis of rotation and rotating rigid body [on hold]

We know that angular momentum of a solid disk rotating with angular velocity $\omega$ is given by $I\omega$ about its center. Now if I chose any axis (parallel to above), will it have same magnitude ...
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Rotation of Spacetime $\Rightarrow$ Change in orbit/path

Along the idea of frame-dragging; Will the rotation of a black hole, which has some velocity v and angular momentum, influence its path in 3D space? I've seen the fact that depending on the ...
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Newton's 2nd law for rotation (accelerated rolling and inertial frame of reference) [duplicate]

I need help in understanding why, in accelerated rolling, the center of mass must be at the origin of an inertial frame of reference in order for the second law to be applicable. Thanks!
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Angular momentum definition? [closed]

The definition of linear momentum is this: Momentum is a vector quantity defined as the product of an object's mass, $m$, and its velocity, $\vec v$. So According to that definition,The definition ...
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Instant centre of rotation for two connected gears

The two gears are have the angular velocities $\omega_1$ and $\omega_2$ respectively with respect to $Oxyz$. The task is to determine the angular velocity $\boldsymbol{\omega}$ of the arm ...
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Friction of a scissor [closed]

How can the friction by a scissor blade be related to its angle? To be more specific this is the question that I came across. A scissor is used to cut a wire of circular cross section and ...
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Two identical disks pulled differently question (Kinetic Energy)

I am currently taking a basic physics course in college and I am having a bit of trouble on this problem that deals with rotational and translational kinetic energy. Let's begin: The question: The ...
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When it is usually taken as $\omega=v/r$, why in this particular case $\omega=v/3r$ is taken?

A circular disc of mass m and radius r is set into motion on a horizontal floor with a linear speed v in the forward direction and an angular speed w =v/3r in clockwise direction .Find magnitude ...
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For a rolling object, is the tangential velocity the same as the velocity of the center of mass?

For example, a solid disk rolling down a hill would include both rotational and linear kinetic energy. For the rotational kinetic energy ($\frac{1}{2}I\omega^2$) the angular velocity becomes $v/r$ but ...
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Why does the angular speed formula end up in radians per second?

So, in my homework I am given the radius and also the tangential speed $v$, the measurement for radius is meters; the measurement for $v$ is $m/s$. I don't understand how by after calculating the RPM ...
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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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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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Need help visualising this

I was reading Irodov's mechanics (https://archive.org/details/IrodovMechanics) and when explaining rotation about a fixed axis he wrote Imagine a solid performing two elementary rotations, $d\vec ...
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Objects rotating and rolling without slipping

The question below confused the hell out of me. It's pretty much straight forward but until the point of where to use which radius. I know that I'll have to use the formula Tr=Iα and then we simplify ...
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Proof derivative of a vector following precession motion

I do not get some points of this proof about the time derivative of a unit vector $\hat{u}$ (costant magnitude) which is following a precession motion. The picture is the following. I want to ...
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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 ...
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How does ground interact with a box rotating around its corner?

I have some questions about how forces $F$, friction force $F_{friction}$, and normal $N$ interact in order to the box below to turn (clockwise) about the red corner, without sliding. The force $F$ is ...
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Rotational mechanics - ball climbing a step

A wheel of radius, $R$ and weight, $W$ stands in front of a step of height, $h$ where h is less than R. What is the least horizontal force $F$ which must be applied at the axle of the wheel to allow ...
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Question about friction in rolling without slipping?

I was under the impression that for a ball/cylinder to roll without slip, there must be a static friction force that opposes the direction of motion. Why, in this case, does the friction act in ...
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Kinetic energy of rotating rigid body

Sorry for boring you my friends. I am haunted by a problem of kinetic energy of rotating rigid body. Usually, the kinetic energy is calculated in the attached body reference. Because we could take the ...
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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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Kinematics of a differential drive robot

(I am reposting here a question I asked on stack overflow, since it actually sits right in between programming (modeling of 2D physics) and physics proper (kinematics). I think I have the physics part ...
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Proof of constant angular velocity in rigid body motion

I'm studying rigid body motion on Landau but I'm having troubles to understand this proof of the fact that the angular velocity $\vec{\Omega}$ is constant for a rigid body. My doubt is about the ...
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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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Why will kinetic energy decrease?

Specific situation : A ring of mass M and radius R is rotating about its axis with angular velocity w. Two identical bodies each of mass m are now gently attached at the two ends of a diameter of the ...
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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 the similarity in the Equations of Motion for Rotational and Rectilinear Motion?

These are the equations of motion given constant acceleration, for first rectilinear and then rotational motion. Rectilinear Motion: Rotational Motion: While the variables have changed, and the ...
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Why falling camera/objects rotate and then stabilize?

I was going to ask something very similar to this question (which hasn't been answered). Basically a camera fell from an airplane and it began to rotate (maybe because initially it was put in rotation ...
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Interial Momentium Question

I had a question for my Physics 101 class and was wondering if anyone could share some insights. The question was stated as follows. A pottery wheel of radius 0.5 m and mass 15 kg rotates ...
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Does vehicle tire mass effect efficiency?

This question has an interesting origin: A tire salesman was recommending tires (aka tyres) for a highly fuel-efficient vehicle. He said the vehicle was light (compared to most production cars), and ...
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Could moving land mass alter Earths gravity?

This is potentially a very stupid question but I'm going to ask it anyway. With all these huge buildings such as the Abu Dhabi Mosque, where an unbelievable amount of materials such as marble was ...
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Question on Angular Acceleration and Velocity

suppose, we have a body with an angular velocity, $$\vec \omega=(at,b,0)$$ where $a,b$ are constants. so the angular acceleration is clearly, $$\dot{\vec{\omega}}=(a,0,0) $$ but my question is if ...
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Relation between linear and rotational motion of molecules?

The temperature of a substance, such as an ideal gas, can be related to the root mean square speed of the molecules. For example, for gases the molecules travel at about 480 meters per second. If we ...
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Question on relative angular acceleration

I want someone to kindly check whether I am doing (understanding) the math correctly or not. So, let's consider two bodies with constant angular velocities $\omega_1 \hat y$ and y $\omega_2 \hat x$ ...
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Does the centrifugal force affect stationary objects as seen from the inertial reference frame?

If an object is moving at the same speed as a rotating/accelerating frame of reference it's in contact with but in the opposite direction (making its displacement zero), would such an object be ...
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How does angular velocity transform on the surface of a sphere?

If we consider the earth as a sphere than it will have an angular velocity of $\boldsymbol{\omega}=\omega\mathbf{e}_z=\frac{2\pi}{T}\mathbf{e}_z$ where $T\approx24h$. Now we have given a location in ...
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Angular acceleration of a spool of thread [closed]

I think this is an easy question in rotational kinematics, but--I don't seem to be understanding it on a fundamental level: Here's my work: $$ \tau \ =\ F\ r_1 $$ $$ \tau \ =\ I\ \alpha $$ $$ I\ ...
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Will future spaceships for very long distance rotate?

I have seen in the movie Interstellar and The Martian they use the model of spaceship which rotate around it's axis. This is the spaceship model from Interstellar. This is spaceship model from The ...
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Tangencial Velocity along a circle with angular acceleration

Suppose a particle walks a circle's perimeter from 0 to pi/2. Its vertical velocity is V1, constant. Its tangential speed increases as a function of theta and V1. Given V1, r, what is the ...
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Rotational motion: A cylinder, sphere and hoop rolling down a ramp [closed]

I have a question about comparing different objects in rotational motion. In this scenario: A cylinder (with moment of inertia = $\frac{1}{2}MR^2$), a sphere ($\frac{2}{5} MR^2$) and a hoop ($MR^2$) ...
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Why is the angle linearly related to time in uniform circular motion?

We say that a particle undergoes uniform circular motion if it travels a circular path at constant speed. If we assume that the center of curvature is at the origin, then in polar coordinates ...
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Acceleration of body rolling down inclined plane

Acceleration of a body rolling down an inclined plane is given by: $$\frac{g\sin\theta}{1+\frac{k^2}{r^2}}$$ $g$=acceleration due to gravity $\theta$=angle of inclined plane $k$=radius of gyration ...
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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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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: $$ \omega_1 = w_1 \cos (w_3 t) $$ $$ ...