Barger, Vernon D. Department of Physics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin.
- Translational motion
- Rotational motion
- Motion of an isolated system
- Static equilibrium
- Single-axis rotations
- Energy conservation
- Impulsive motion
- General rotations
- Moments and products of inertia
- Euler's equations
- Poinsot's method
- Tennis racket theorem
- Links to Primary Literature
- Additional Readings
The study of the motion of a rigid body under the influence of forces. A rigid body is a system of particles whose distances from one another are fixed. The general motion of a rigid body consists of a combination of translations (parallel motion of all particles in the body) and rotations (circular motion of all particles in the body about an axis). Its equations of motion can be derived from the equations of motion of its constituent particles. See also: Rectilinear motion; Rotational motion
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