Some Rigid Body Kinetics

  • Reinhardt M. Rosenberg
Part of the Mathematical Concepts and Methods in Science and Engineering book series (MCSENG)


The subject of rotation of rigid bodies and of mass moments and products of inertia is usually treated in a first course of mechanics. The inertial parameters arise in the following way:

Let a rigid body be composed of n particles m i (i = 1, 2, …, n), with position vectors
$${r_i = (x_i, y_i, z_i)}$$
where x, y, z is a triad fixed in the rigid body.


Angular Momentum Angular Velocity Disk Center Incline Plane Momentum Vector 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1977

Authors and Affiliations

  • Reinhardt M. Rosenberg
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  1. 1.University of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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