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Due Friday November 19 Goldstein 5.8, 5.14 1. Consider a rigid body with the following mass density:
ȹ x 2 + y 2 + z 2 + xy ȹ ρ( r ) = ρ 0 expȹ −
ȹ 2l 2
ȹ Ⱥ
a. Find the moment of inertia tensor. b. Find the three principal moments of inertia. €
2. Consider a rigid body with no external torques. Use Euler’s equations to show that the energy associated with rotational motion given in the body
fixed frame by J2 J2
J2
E = 1 + 2 + 3 is conserved. 2 I1 2 I2 2 I3
3. In discussing rotations one can associate the angle velocity vector ω a tensor given by Ω = −ω ⋅ M . €
a. Starting from the properties of the generator matrices show that ω i = 1 ε ijk Ω jk . 2
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demonstrate that Ω is constructed to be a tensor. b. As a first step you will need to demonstrate that the Levi
Civita symbol εijk €
transforms like a rank
three tensor under rotations: ε'ijk = Ril R jm Rknεlmn with ε' having the same form as ε ( where the result for any rotation). (This €
relatively easy once you realize that any rotation may be represented as €
three rotations about fixed axes ! sing the Euler angle construction.) u
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c. Using the result in b. show that " transforms like a tensor. €
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4. Consider a rigid symmetrical object with two of the principal moments of inertia equal I1 = I2 (and the third, I3 unequal) and no external torques. In this case one !
fully solve the Euler equations. Suppose that at t=0 the initial angular velocities are (
ω1 0 ), ω (20 ), ω (30 ) find ω1, ω 2 , ω 3 for all times. Discuss what your solution tells you about the frequency of the wobble in a badly thrown football (or Frisbee). €
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5. One problem with solving the Euler equations is that it gives you components €
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angular velocity in the body
fixed frame. You may want the rotation matrix (or the Euler angles) as a function of time. This problem discuss how to convert from one to another: a. Show that given ω ( body ) as a function of time R is the solution to the following t differential equation . R( t ) = R(0) − ∫ 0 dt 'ω ( body ) ( t ' )⋅ M R( t ' ) b. In general this is not trivial to evaluate. Show that the solution to this €
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equation can be written in the following series form: R( t ) = R0 + R1 ( t ) + R2 ( t ) + R3 ( t )... with R0 = R(0) and t€ Rn +1 ( t ) = − ∫ 0 dt ' ω ( body ) ( t ' )⋅ MRn ( t ' ) . € € € € c. The result in b. can be written in a compact form if one introduces the €
notion of time
ordered product of two matrice swhich are functions of time: Ⱥ a( t )b ( t ' ) for t > t ' T[ a( t )b ( t ' )] ≡ Ⱥ and more generally if one has a product of Ⱥ b ( t ' ) a( t ) for t ' > t
n different matrices, the time–ordered product is simply the product reorder in order descending time show that ∞ ȹ n Ⱥ 1 Ⱥȹ t ȹ − ∫ dt ' ω ( body ) ( t ' )⋅ M ȹ ȺR(0) . In showing this is sufficient for R( t ) = ∑ T Ⱥ
ȹ 0
Ⱥ Ⱥ
n = 0 n! Ⱥ
the purpose of the problem to demonstrate that it holds for the first few terms (up to n=3). Note that the time ordering is non
trivial since the t’ in the integral is a dummy variable and product of two integrals involves integration of two distinct dummy variable. From the form above it is common to rewrite this as a “time
order exponential” ȹȺ Ⱥ ȹ t ȹ − ∫ dt ' ω ( body ) ( t ' )⋅ M ȹȺ R(0) . R( t ) = T Ⱥexp
ȺȺ
Ⱥ ȹ 0
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This note was uploaded on 12/29/2011 for the course PHYSICS 601 taught by Professor Hassam during the Fall '11 term at Maryland.
 Fall '11
 Hassam
 mechanics, Inertia, Mass, Work

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