DAY 5 – DAW January

Rigid body; Degrees of freedom, Euler’s theorem, angular velocity, angular momentum, moments of inertia, theorems of parallel and perpendicular axes,


Q 1. A homogeneous right triangular pyramid wih the base side aa and height 32a\frac32a is shown below. Obtain the moment of inertia tensor of the pyramid. [15 marks]

Q 2. The angular momentum M\vec M  of a rigid body comprising of N particles and rotating with angular velocity  ω\vec \omega is given by M=k=1Nmkrk×(ω×rk)\vec M = \displaystyle\sum_{k=1}^N m_k \vec r_k \times (\vec \omega \times \vec {r_k})  , where the origin coincides with the centre of mass. Express the components of M\vec M  in terms of components of the inertia tensor. Hence, show that the most general free rotation of a spherical top is a uniform rotation about an axis fixed in space. [15 marks]

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