# Tagged Questions

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

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### Why does the moment of force (aka. torque) depend on the perpendicular distance?

Couyld anyone explain how the lecturer concluded that $$(\underline{r_2} - \underline{r_1}) \times \underline{H} = \underline{p} \times \underline{H}$$
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### Torque and angular acceleration with bicycle wheel

This might be a simple problem for many of you. However, please help me understand it too. I have been looking trough a lot of materials online, and I still have the following questions, that would ...
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### Will my hard-drive wear/damage when I tilt my laptop? [closed]

I have an old laptop that I turn off every 2 months or so, it's always on, and I use it whenever I need to do something away from my desk, where I have my real machine. Anyway, every time I grab ...
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### What will be the direction of the force required on the ball to move the ball up the stairs?

Is this diagram correct? The point of force A is at the farthest distance from the fixed centre O ,so the moment arm CD is greater and therefore,maximum torque would be produced.Is my concept correct?...
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### How does a simple weighing balance actually work? [duplicate]

I have made a simple sketch of how I think the system looks like. My problem is: I always thought that the angle the balance makes is a function of the difference between the two masses (or the ...
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### Have I calculated the Newtonmeter ($Nm$) of torque for my corded drill correctly? [closed]

The corded drill is rated at: 450watts at 3000rpm the calculation I have used is: $$\frac{450}{3000} \times 2 \times \frac{3.14}{60}=0.0157$$ I feel I have made a basic error somewhere (as the ...
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### Why are non-horizontal levers not considered to be in equilibrium?

Consider a triple-beam balance, like so: An unknown mass is placed on the left pan, and the provided weights are moved on the right until the lever arm comes to rest at an exactly horizontal ...
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### Torque required to rotate panel on one axis

I am working on a project that requires solar panel to rotate around its axis, but I am struck with deciding the specs of the Servo Motor that is capable of doing this. Though, the panel hangs on its ...
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### Thrust to Weight ratio in Space with an off set CoM

With regards to this thread, Thrust center in space My question is, if the thrust to weight ratio was increased so that it was much higher than the weighted mass of the sphere (ship), would the ...
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### Rolling resistance

Today, my physics teacher asked the following question (and gave it as homework): How can a moving body deaccelerate both in means of center of mass and rotationally? I quickly answered that ...
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### Why do speed skaters use their right hand to accelerate?

I was watching the speed skating event, and was wondering, why do the athletes use their right hand while accelerating? If they want to increase the moment of inertia, then they should move the hand ...
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### Rolling in 3D using Torque, Angular Momentum/Velocity

I'm stuggling to get a simulation working correctly. Below you can see what I am attempting to do. You can also view it here. Can you spot where I'm going wrong? (Calculated at start) 1) Inertia ...
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### Line of action force

The task is to reduce the two forces into a single net force and then find the equation of its line of action. I chose to find the net force and momentum with respect to the origin. The magnitude of ...
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### Proof for torque=force*perpendicular distance to line of action of force [closed]

I want to derive from first principles the proof for magnitude of torque about a point O = perpendicular distance from O to the line of action of the force * magnitude of the force. I want to derive ...
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### Torque for rotation

The force for revolution of earth is provided by the gravitational force of attraction between earth and the sun. What provides the force(torque) for the rotation of earth?
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### Why if the torque equals zero measured from one point in space it equals zero measured from any other point?

I've heard it from two teachers and saw a task with a solution based on this assumption: If the net torque is zero when measured from one frame of reference, it is equal to zero in all other ...
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### Moment around a point in a frame

Note: Both diagrams are 2d(they might look 3d because I drew them manually.) I have a prismatic frame that looks like this: I made a section on the half of the first pillar(the red line represents the ...
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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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### Deriving torque equation from Newton's 2nd Law

I'm trying to understand the derivation of the torque equation $\vec{r} \times \vec{F} = I \alpha$. My textbook derives this easily enough from Newton's 2nd Law for a single point with mass $m$ and ...
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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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### Deriving the law of moments

Recall the Law of Moments for a one dimensional rod: "When an object is in equilibrium the sum of the clockwise moments is equal to the sum of the anticlockwise moments." I understand that we ...
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### Force applied to wheel in pure rolling motion at contact point with road [closed]

Suppose a wheel with radius $R$ is resting on a non-inclined surface. A torque $\tau$ is applied to the wheel center. In an attempt to prevent wheel from spinning, the ground applies a static friction ...
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### Newton's second law for rotation

Can the second law of motion for rotation, $\vec{\tau}=I \vec{\alpha}$, be used for any axis? Is there any case that acceleration $\vec{\alpha}$ is not in the direction of applied torque $\vec{\tau}$...
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### maths question on levers [closed]

Someone holds a 2kg weight in their hand at a distance of 35cm from the elbow (fulcrum) and the downward force (load) due to the weight is 20 Newtons. Calculate the effort in Newtons that the muscles ...
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### Why do people with bigger hands/wrists have bigger torque advantages in arm wrestling?

I have arm wrestled people with less strength than me who win simply because they have thicker wrists, or larger hands. It has nary to do with having better technique either, because their wrist size ...
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### Why can't the units of work and torque be interchanged? [duplicate]

When I'm studying about work and torque, I found that their unit are the same. But, why don't we use Joule (unit of work) instead of Newton-meter (unit of torque)? Since $\mathrm{1\ Joule = 1\ Nm}$, ...
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### Chinook Helicopter Torque

The Chinook Helicopter has 2 rotors to counteract the torque generated by spinning the blade. Theoretically, could you use a smaller "back" rotor that is farther away from the main rotor to achieve ...
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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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### What forces are exerted on a clothespin in space?

Let's say a clothespin is modeled as a simple torsion spring as follows. Given: $p_1,\ p_2,\ p_3$: point-like objects of equal mass in 2-D space. All objects float in space, i.e. the center of mass ...
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### Where I can find a torsional stiffness table for different types of stainless steels?

I am trying to comparing the torsional stiffness of different types of stainless steels. I googled the keywords but I could not find any useful information. Would anyone please give me some links ...
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### Torque direction meaning

I apologize if this question is dumb, but I've looked all over for a straightforward answer and either I can't find one or the terms are too complex for me to understand. I have only a rudimentary ...
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### Conservation of angular momentum experiment

I've learned in that in this experiment: ...the skater will start rotating faster when she brings her arms in and there is no net torque acting on her. But what would happen to her angular momentum ...
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### How to measure the energy required to pedal an exercise bike

I have hacked a FitDesk exercise bike to output the RPM of the pedals and the position of the resistance control within its range of travel. I want to characterize the energy that is required to ...
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### does the current's direction on a loop with a magnetic field affect the torque?

I have a question in my book The question is very easy, but then my solutions manual gave me unexpected answers I don't get how in d) they conclude the vectors go in the opposite direction, but ...
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### Force acting on an object?

You have a bar of metal in an environment with no gravity. A force is applied on one end of it. How does it rotate? There is a non-zero torque on any random point selected on the bar. For example, ...
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### Net torque on an object

Suppose that a cord is wrapped around the rim a disk of radius $R$. The disk is allowed to rotate around its central axis (the line passing through the center and perpendicular to the disk surface). ...
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### Arduino Servo Torque Calculation for a Automated Telescope

I have a class project where I am using several servos to control a telescope. I'm trying to figure out the torque needed to rotate the tilt of the telescope with a servo from 0 to 90 degrees. I haven'...
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### Do objects rotate around the torque vector or its center?

If I have an sphere and I have a torque vector coming out of it at point A. Would the sphere rotate around its center or the axis of the torque vector?
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### Why don't couple forces violate Newton's First Law?

If you have some random object at rest and you apply a couple to it, the net force acting on it is zero. However because a moment acts on it, it starts to rotate. So you had an object at rest, a net ...
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### Calculating torque in 3D?

Say you have a sphere, and you have several torque vectors acting on it, all at different points. Say you have the vector (6i + 3j + 5k) originating from point A, and the vector (3i + 1j + 9k) ...
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### Why is moment dependent on the distance from the point of rotation to the force?

The formula for moment is: $$M = Fd$$ Where F is the force applied on the object and d is the perpendicular distance from the point of rotation to the line of action of the force. Why? Intuitively, ...
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### Correct way to calculate torque produced by axle

For my electrical engineering course, we had to build a simple DC motor that can lift a coin. I have tested the motor, and here are the results: rotational speed (no load): 3630 RPM (380 rad/sec) ...
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### Which force makes a wheel roll down the hill? What causes friction?

A wheel rolling down a hill has two axis of rotation. One is where the center or mass is and the other is the point of contact with the surface which acts as a fulcrum. I was trying to understand how ...
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### Why can you add moment vectors?

My book says the following: If the body is acted upon by a system of forces, the resultant moment of the forces about point O can be determined by vector addition of the moment of each force. The ...
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### Would this box on the floor rotate based on friction?

There is a floor that friction is proportional to its velocity (like $F=-kv$) and there is a box with its width as $l$ and its height as $h$. (you may assume that $l$ is longer than $h$). It is on the ...
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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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### Angular Momentum Conservation in Gravitational Interaction

thanks for any help. I'm trying to show that in a 2body problem, angular momentum is conserved given that $\dfrac{dp}{dt}=\dfrac{-GMm(rv)}{r³}$, where p is momentum, t time, G gravitational constant, ...
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### How does a car's low gear increase power while going slower?

People have always told me that when a car goes into low gear, it goes slower but puts "more power" or "more torque" on the wheels, which allows it to descend slippery slopes or get out of mud traps ...
Imagine an non-rotating arbitrary free, rigid ellipsoid with in some arbitrary direction with velocity $\vec v$. Assume linear drag ($\vec F=KA\vec v$ for some constant K, where A is the cross section ...