The tendency of a force to rotate an object about an arbitrary axis.

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Is torque still a vector in 2 Dimensions?

In 3D, torque is defined as $\vec{r} \times \vec{F}$ which is a vector, therefore having both a direction perpendicular to the plane of $\vec{F}$ and $\vec{r}$ and a magnitude of $\text{F}\cdot\text{r}...
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Why don't barbells tip over when a 45 is placed on one side?

A standard barbell is 45 pounds, as is the heaviest weight available in most gyms. When a weight is placed on the side of a barbell, some of the barbell is to the "outside" of the weight, like so, so ...
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Is it okay to use the same moment of inertia formula for both a door turning on hinge and a long thin rod rotating at its end?

My book says you can redistribute the mass elements of a object to simplify its moment of inertia formula. But squeezing a door into a rod would change its density. Does it matter?
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Confused on how to properly use right hand rule

I am having trouble using the right hand rule properly and often find myself putting my hand in awkward orientations. I know you point your hand in the direction of $r$ and then point your fingers in ...
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Reconciling Units in Classical System Analogies: Why Does Torque Have Units of Energy?

In classical physics we often cast an analogy between translational and rotational systems Force < > Torque Energy < > Rotational Energy Momentum < > Angular Momentum and considering SI ...
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Mathematically determining the direction of torque?

I need to mathematically derive the direction of torque in a 2D plane(clockwise/anticlockwise), for a physics engine. I have torque calculated, but it is always positive, so rotation always is in the ...
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Is it reasonable for a heavy door to “open by itself” (ie from differences in air pressure) if it had already been slightly ajar?

If you consider a basically uniform massive door (say, 300 N) where there is some coefficient $\mu_{s,k}$ of static and kinetic friction between the thing on the inside of the door, and where the ...
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What exactly is a torque?

I know there are a number of questions concerning torque on this site but I still don't quite understand what it is. A video by veritasium on gyroscopic precession (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=...
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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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How do I write the units for this answer? [closed]

If the force (at 90∘ to the lever arm) applied is 15 N and it is applied at 2.0 m from the pivot point (point of rotation), what is the torque on the lever? Is it 30.0 N/m?
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Conservation of angular momentum

We were learning about angular momentum in class today, and although it sort of makes sense, it's much harder for me to think about than linear momentum. So from what I can tell: Angular momentum ...
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Equilibrium of Force Systems including Torque

please help me to solve this problem.. this is only the #3 on my homework and the only thing i didn't know here is how to calculate the tension T. please teach me how to solve the tension here ...
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Is my physics correct or torque correct?

I would like to put this into a differential equation. This is what I have. $$r \times F = I \ddot\theta + \mu \dot\theta + k \theta$$ What I need verified: $\text{Torque} = I\ddot\theta + \mu \...
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how to calculate minimum torque a DC motor needs to move the wheels

Im making a robot that must sense objects and pick them up. I need to order some motors, so i wanted to work out the torque needed just to push one wheel (as it may pivot, so one wheel will need to ...
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Why is Torque Generated from Friction?

Why does a rolling ball get torque from friction. I understand torque in relation to lever arms and the force being perpendicular to said arm. But what about wheels? There is no lever arm so how is ...
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Torque and Force of Pulley fixed on side

If you had only 1 pulley that is connected to a rotating shaft, and which has a rope circled around it once, with a mass M on one side and with the rope fixed on the other end, how would you then ...
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Damped Pendulum (generalised)

I know the differential equation for the swinging of a simple pendulum: $\displaystyle\frac{\partial^2\theta}{\partial t^2} + \left(\frac{g}{L}\right)\sin\theta = 0$ where: $L$ is the length of ...
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What determines whether a mobile will hang in stable or unstable equilibrium?

Asking for a friend trying to make a Calder-style hanging mobile: https://www.google.com/search?q=mobile+calder&tbm=isch I understand torque just well enough to get it to balance (theoretically). ...
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Who told us how to measure torque?

We all know that force and torque are physical quantities which we have defined according to our purpose of work. Now we are all aware that Newton's Second Law from his Laws of Motion states how to ...
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Doubt related to rotational motion (rolling down an inclined plane)

I have doubt regarding when an object ( sphere , ring , cylinder etc ) rolls down a FRICTIONLESS inclined plane. Let us suppose the angle of inclination of inclined plane is θ. Now the forces acting ...
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Torque Approximations Neglecting Friction

Disclaimer: I'm not asking for homework help. I don't understand how my calculations work out conceptually. If you can help me understand the connection between the concepts, I'd really appreciate it. ...
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What happens with an originial force if a part of it creates a torque?

Let's say I push with an angle of 45 degrees at an object with a force of 100 N. Since the angle is 45, we would have a torque $\tau = 100 * sin(135) * r = 71N*r$ Since the force was not ...
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Torque considered about different points in a system [duplicate]

If we consider the torque about point A, there is none, so there is no rotation about point A. If we consider torque about point B, there is a net torque which means that there is rotation about point ...
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Torque on a disc?

In the following diagram: Point(c) is a going into the page and attached to the disc, Point(c) applies a torque($\tau$) to the disc, and it starts to rotate due to that torque. And if point(c) was ...
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Rotational Equilibrium Problem [closed]

The question is as follows: One end of a uniform 4.0-m rod, whose weight is w, is supported by a cable that makes an angle of 37° with the horizontal. The other end of the bar rests against a wall ...
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Torque and rotational motion

What happens if the torque is perpendicular to the axis of rotation or torque is in the direction of rotation?
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Tipping over objects on a frictionless surface

Is there any way you can topple over a rod which is standing up on a frictionless surface?
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Rotational dynamics about a point or an axis?

In several books and sites, its written that torque is calculated about an axis and angular momentum is calculated about a point. In MIT's Angular momentum lecture pdf, Angular momentum has been ...
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Torque and Pulleys [closed]

I have the solution to the problem below, however I approached the question differently than my professor and I do not understand why my answer is different. Can someone help explain where I'm going ...
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Definition of torque for a continuous body

I am working on basic physics definitions. Given a particle at position $r$ (in some coorinate reference system) upon which acts a force $F$, the $torque$ $\tau$ is defined by \begin{equation} \tau:=r\...
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How to take in to account torques applied at different points

Suppose we have a rigid body with known moment of inertia through some axis ($J$) and that there are multiple torques being applied in different points in that body. I know that for a rigid body, the ...
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Can a ball stay still while laying on a inclined plane?

Suppose there is a ball on an inclined plane. So, there are three forces acting on it: normal force from the plane, gravity (which can be decomposed in the component of gravity perpendicular to the ...
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At the instant of release of an object from rest. Is the only force that can act its weight? [closed]

Q3 from a mechanics exam past paper: I can do parts i) and ii) but for iii) in finding the angular acceleration, i used $C=I\alpha$, where $C$ is the applied couple or torque, $I$ is the moment of ...
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Work done by magnetic field on magnetic dipole

In the above slide, it reads that $W=\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=\mu B cos(\theta)$. But, I thought that $\int\mu B sin(\theta)d\theta=-\mu B cos(\theta)$ by some calculus calculation. Can somebody ...
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If the axis of rotation is fixed, is it ok to say clockwise torque?

I know that the direction of torque is along the axis of rotation, but would it be acceptable to say, for example considering a vertical thin rod in the x-y plane with a force acting on the bottom end ...
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Why can't I calculate center of mass via torque? Results off by a few percent

Why do I keep getting a slightly different result from the following two ways of determining the center of mass of a rigid, geometrically simple object? The object is a rectangular 5(x) by 7(y) ...
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Forces on a helical screw?

The common screws which we use, are right handed helices, the simplest parametric equations of which are:- $$x(s)=\cos(s),y(s)=\sin(s),z(s)=s$$, with $z$-axis as the axis of the helix. My question ...
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DC Motor Torque Constant

I am very new to DC motors and to stackexchange. Please correct me if anything I said does not make sense. For DC motors, the equation looks like this: $P = \tau\dot{\theta}$ where $P$ is power, $\...
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Horsepower achieved with multiple motors

Scenario I'm planning to build an electric motor for fun (not for any practical purpose). I recently purchased a shapeoko CNC mill kit and intend to manufacture most of the parts housing, stator etc. ...
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How to imagine the following power and torque?

I can roughly feel a force of 10 newton only by considering the weight of 1 kilogram object. How to imagine the following measurements? Maximum horsepower 16 hp @ 9,500 RPM Maximum torque 12....
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What causes a gyroscope to eventually rotate/fall over?

Hey so I've just learned about angular velocity and momentum and how torque changes it. Looking at a wheel spinning around an axis, with one end being held up by a rope, what causes the wheel to ...
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if a force is 1 newton metre, what is it at 2 meters?

If I have a force, say 24 kg/cm what would that equate to at 2cm? I would like to know the formulae for calculating this. For example. If a motor can hold an object of 24kg at 1cm from its pivot ...
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Torque required to turn a drum/barrel

I need to spec a motor to turn a mixing barrel. The barrel contains loose earth and can be filled to a maximum of 50% of its interior volume. It is a horizontal cylinder, and will rotate through its ...
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What does the “moment” in the moment of force or the moment of inertia refer to? [duplicate]

According to the Merriam Webster dictionary: Moment - a very short period of time Does the word "moment" in quantities like the moment of force or moment of inertia refer to this colloquial ...
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where does deformation take place in a shaft subjected to a torsion?

If we rotate a shaft about an axis it is said to be under torsion. It is also said that there will be a deformation. What I'd like to know is will the shaft actually WARP during the process? If not ...
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Disk let free to rotate

A rigid body moving with no constraints, in particular rotating, will rotate necessarily about a principal axis of inertia. I thought that the reason of this is that otherwise, the angular momentum $\...
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Why does a force parallel to the axis of rotation do not produce torque? [closed]

One explanation can be that Torque is a cross-product (r x F). I want to know what is its physical interpretation.
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Torque at a bar [closed]

Take a look at the image below. At the point B a motor is spinning really fast in anticlockwise direction. The motor should be connected to a propeller (I didnt draw it) that will pull the bar upwards ...
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Why can't a force between two particles exert a torque?

Let's say I have two particles which exert a mysterious force between them. Say they lie on the x-axis. Newton's 3rd law tells us that the force on the two particles due to the other must be opposite ...
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Angular acceleration of a car door [closed]

http://imgur.com/F3eAF9F Edit: i uploaded to the site but it came out really blurry so heres the imgur link I don't get the solution at all, where does the -ma r cos theta come from? (Sorry on my ...