- Title Pages
- Dedication
- Preface to Second Edition
- Preface to First Edition
- Acknowledgments
- 1 Basic Dynamics of Point Particles and Collections
- 2 Introduction to Lagrangian Mechanics
- 3 Lagrangian Theory of Constraints
- 4 Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics
- 5 The Calculus of Variations
- 6 Hamilton's Principle
- 7 Linear Operators and Dyadics
- 8 Kinematics of Rotation
- 9 Rotational Dynamics
- 10 Small Vibrations about Equilibrium
- 11 Central Force Motion
- 12 Scattering
- 13 Lagrangian Mechanics with Time as a Coordinate
- 14 Hamiltonian Mechanics with Time as a Coordinate
- 15 Hamilton'S Principle and Noether's Theorem
- 16 Relativity and Spacetime
- 17 Fourvectors and Operators
- 18 Relativistic Mechanics
- 19 Canonical Transformations
- 20 Generating Functions
- 21 Hamilton-Jacobi Therory
- 22 Angle‐Action Variables
- Appendix A Vector Fundamentals
- Appendix B Matrices and Determinants
- Appendix C Eigenvalue Problem with General Metric
- Appendix D The Calculus of Many Variables
- Appendix E Geometry of Phase Space
- References
- Index

# Rotational Dynamics

# Rotational Dynamics

- Chapter:
- (p.200) 9 Rotational Dynamics
- Source:
- Analytical Mechanics for Relativity and Quantum Mechanics
- Author(s):
### Oliver Davis Johns

- Publisher:
- Oxford University Press

This chapter studies in detail the natural motion of rigid bodies under impressed external forces and torques. The dynamical theorems of collective motion will be extended here by use of the rotation operators. The following sections discuss concepts such as the inertia operator and the spin, the inertia dyadic, and the kinetic energy of a rigid body. Any rigid body will have a system of principal axes. If necessary, three arbitrary body-fixed axes can be chosen, the inertia matrix can be calculated, and then the principal axis eigenvectors can be determined. In many situations of interest, however, the directions of the principal axes can be guessed with relative certainty from the symmetry of the rigid body. A number of rules that can be used are presented here.

*Keywords:*
natural motion, rigid bodies, impressed external forces, torques, dynamical theorems, collective motion

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- Title Pages
- Dedication
- Preface to Second Edition
- Preface to First Edition
- Acknowledgments
- 1 Basic Dynamics of Point Particles and Collections
- 2 Introduction to Lagrangian Mechanics
- 3 Lagrangian Theory of Constraints
- 4 Introduction to Hamiltonian Mechanics
- 5 The Calculus of Variations
- 6 Hamilton's Principle
- 7 Linear Operators and Dyadics
- 8 Kinematics of Rotation
- 9 Rotational Dynamics
- 10 Small Vibrations about Equilibrium
- 11 Central Force Motion
- 12 Scattering
- 13 Lagrangian Mechanics with Time as a Coordinate
- 14 Hamiltonian Mechanics with Time as a Coordinate
- 15 Hamilton'S Principle and Noether's Theorem
- 16 Relativity and Spacetime
- 17 Fourvectors and Operators
- 18 Relativistic Mechanics
- 19 Canonical Transformations
- 20 Generating Functions
- 21 Hamilton-Jacobi Therory
- 22 Angle‐Action Variables
- Appendix A Vector Fundamentals
- Appendix B Matrices and Determinants
- Appendix C Eigenvalue Problem with General Metric
- Appendix D The Calculus of Many Variables
- Appendix E Geometry of Phase Space
- References
- Index