Rotation and Translation of a Rigid Body

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This example of a rigid body (a wrench) in free fall illustrates the combination of rotational motion about the center of mass and translational motion. The center of mass is the point on an object that follows the same trajectory that a point particle with the same mass would move. Move the sliders to increase the angular momentum or the initial velocity along the horizontal axis.

Contributed by: Enrique Zeleny (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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