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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Minimum turning circle of an accelerating spacecraft [on hold]

I think I've worked this out, but my maths/physics knowledge is far from perfect, so I'd love confirmation that it is correct. Basically, from $v =\omega r$ and $a_c = v^2 / r$ (where $\omega$ is ...
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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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motion in the body-fixed frame?

This is really basic, I'm sure: For rigid body motion, Euler's equations refer to $L_i$ and $\omega_i$ as measured in the fixed-body frame. But that frame is just that: fixed in the body. So how ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = v^2/r$) for non-uniform circular motion

The formula for centripetal (radial) acceleration is well known, and there exist many proofs for it: $$||a_c|| = \frac{||v||^2}{r}$$ However, all the proofs I've seen rely on the fact that it 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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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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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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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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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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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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Why is the moment of inertia (wrt. the center) for a hollow sphere higher than a solid sphere (with same radius and mass)?

Why is the moment of inertia (wrt. the center) for a hollow sphere higher than a solid sphere (with same radius and mass)? I have completely no idea and I am inquiring about this as it is an ...
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How do I transform onto a relativistic rotating frame of reference?

In classical mechanics, the usual formula to translate the evolution of a quantity as seen from an inertial frame of reference to a rotational frame is: $$\frac{d \textbf{A} }{dt} \vert_{Inertial} = ...
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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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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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What is the difference between angular speed and tangential speed in a circular motion?

I was looking a long time for the way the equations of this two speeds are obtained, and i found pretty much nothing important, so can someone explain how are those obtained, and which is 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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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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Can any physical rigid body be represented by an ellipsoid with the same angular dynamics?

According to wikipedia, the inertia tensor of an ellipsoid with semi-axes $a,b,c$ and mass $m$ is $$\left[\begin{array}{ccc} \frac{m}{5}(b^2+c^2)&0&0\\ 0&\frac{m}{5}(a^2+c^2)&0\\ ...
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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 ...