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

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Why is the moment of inertia for a hollow sphere higher than a uniform sphere?

I have completely no idea and I am inquiring about this as it is an interesting question that popped in my head while doing physics homework.
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Do mankind and manmade activities/constructions have any effect on the rotation of the Earth?

We walk or ride on our vehicles to our destinations daily. Does our movement have any effect on the rotation of the earth according to Newton's law? What will be the effect if we move all the peoples ...
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How is it that angular velocities are vectors, while rotations aren't?

Does anyone have an intuitive explanation of why this is the case?
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Why does a ping pong ball change direction when I spin it on a table?

When I spin a ping pong ball on the table, it rolls forward in the opposite direction of the spin, and then eventually changes direction and rolls backward. Here's a video demonstrating the effect. ...
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Earth moves how much under my feet when I jump?

If I'm standing at the equator, jump, and land 1 second later, the Earth does NOT move 1000mph (or .28 miles per second) relative to me, since my velocity while jumping is also 1000mph. However, ...
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Direction of angular velocity

Angular velocity is the rate of angular displacement about an axis. Its direction is determined by right hand rule. According to right hand rule, if you hold the axis with your right hand and rotate ...
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Terminal velocity?

I am having a problem with a particular concept. Here is where I have gotten, since the ball never loses contact with the stair, it will rotate around through the edges, the edges being the pivot, ...
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Do rotating bodies emit gravitational waves?

Suppose we have a cylinder of mass $m$, radius $R$ and height $h$ in rotation with speed $\omega$ around its symmetry axis with no friction (ideal situation). I'd expect this cylinder to emit ...
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Centrifugal force affecting satellite

I'm trying to explain the behaviour of a geostationary satellite using different frames of reference. Inertial frame: The satellite has a circular motion with angular velocity $\omega$. The ...
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How much effort would be required to fix the Earth's rotation?

Given that the earth's rotation has been slowing down by very slight amounts over time, forcing us to introduce leap seconds and so forth into our clocks and calendars, I would like to ask if this ...
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In tennis, why does topspin serve bounce higher than flat serve?

When receiving servers (while playing tennis), I've noticed that the tennis ball seems to bounce up higher on me when the server uses a topspin serve than when the server hits a flat serve. Why is ...
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Creating a fair 3 sided coin

I want to make a cylindrical three sided fair coin, with sides: heads, tails, and edge. What should the area of the edge be in relation to the area of the head of the coin? Assume it is all made of ...
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Does car have more kinetic energy when turning?

I asked this Phys.SE question Does car lose kinetic energy when turning? Assume a car turning without losing its speed by holding to a point by a rope. IMO, while the car is turning, its kinetic ...
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If a pendulum is on a rotating table, will a torque be generated?

Here is the set up. Very simple. A flat (i.e. horizontal table, there is no gravity) and rounded table that spins on its axis (through the center of the table). A spring mass system is now put on the ...
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Two axes for rotational motion

I understand that angular momentum is a vector, etc.. But, what really happens when some object, say a ball for example, is set to rotate along two axes? What would the resulting motion look like?
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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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Does Gravity / curved space cause rotation?

Does Gravity / curved space cause rotation? Meaning, if a spaceship is heading not directly toward Earth, but slightly off to one side, and when finally being close to the Earth it falls into earth ...
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Why does the video recorded by a falling, rotating camera seem to stabilize?

Here is a video of a GoPro falling from a plane: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrxPuk0JefA Any idea what is happening when the image "stabilizes" around 0:35? I think it is because the camera's ...
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Rotation of Spacetime => 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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Origins of Moment of Inertia

Where exactly does the equation $MR^2$ for moment of inertia come from? The quantity itself seems fairly arbitrary.
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Proof of centripetal acceleration formula ($a_c = \frac{v^2}{r}$) 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 is the velocity on the top of a wheel twice the velocity of its axle?

When a wheel is rolling, not skidding, and its axle moves at velocity $\vec{v}$, then a point on the top of its circumference will move at velocity $2\vec{v}$, shown below. I really don't ...
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Does a tire need to slip to generate force?

Recently, I have been doing some research on racing and tire modelling. While I was doing this, I encountered many curves like those shown below. While I understand the need of slip angles to ...
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Veritasium - Firing bullet in block - along center and away from center

This question is about this video on YouTube, in which a bullet is fired vertically into the center of a wooden block from below, sending the block up into the air. Next, a bullet is fired vertically ...
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Definition of angular velocity

I'm trying to follow the Feynman lectures and I'm stuck on a particular piece. Let me frame it for you before I ask my question. Nobody does it better than the author himself, we must find out how ...
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So what is happening in this angular kinematics equation?

-The wheel of a car has a radius of 20 cm. It initially rotates at 120 rpm. In the next minute it makes 90 revolutions. What is the angular acceleration?_ So the answer is solved by using one of ...
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Example where angular momentum and angular velocity are not parallel

I am unable to visualize any case where angular momentum and angular velocity of an object are not parallel.
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Stability of square of masses on strings under rotation

Imagine we have a square of masses, $m$, connected by light inextensible strings, length $l$, rotating around it's centre at angular speed, $\omega$. It's easy enough to show that there must be a ...
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Why is the relationship between velocity and radius curved, in circular motion?

An experiment to model planetary motion: The brown rubber was supposed to model a planet, while we varied the radius $r$ and the mass hanging from the string. Varying the masses was to show ...
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How to model energy loss in a rotating body?

I recently asked a question about modeling instability in a rotating rigid body. I now realize that I was mentally confounding two different effects: The "Dzhanibekov effect" in which a rigid ...
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Why is the inertia ellipsoid of a higher symmetry than the rigid body?

I was always puzzled by this fact. A uniform cube has a sphere-shaped inertia ellipsoid. The sphere has a higher symmetry then the cube. Is there any deep reason or implication behind it?
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Piston movements in four stroke cycle?

I was reading about a four stroke cycle. Here's what I understood: In the first stroke, the piston starts at the top and moves down. In the second stroke, the piston moves upwards. In the third ...
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Why does this model fall apart when angular velocity is small?

I'm doing a physics problem in which a marble spins around a spinning bowl and both have angular velocity $\omega$. It rotates with radius $r$ around the central axis and the hemispherical bowl has ...
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3D: Get linear velocity from position and angular velocity

I want to find out the linear velocity of a point in 3D space, (Euclidean), given: Its position Its angular velocity The point it's rotating around (fulcrum) (This is a problem I need to solve ...
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Angular momentum equations

I do not understand this because angular momentum is $L=I\omega$ ($I$ is moment of inertia;$\omega$ is angular velocity) but it I have also seen equations where $L= rmv\sin(x)$. I do not understand ...
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Merry go round physics problem?

So I have the following statement. "A merry-go-round is spinning with a fixed angular speed. As a person is walking towards the edge, the force of static friction must increase in order for the ...
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Instantaneous axis of rotation and rolling cone motion

Suppose a cone is purely rolling (no slipping) around a fixed axis. I mean, it is revolving around a fixed axis perpendicular to the ground and passing through its vertex and also rotating, so the ...
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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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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 ...