1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Conservation of angular momentum

  1. Mar 18, 2009 #1
    Hi, can i clarify sth?

    Does conservation of angular momentum apply to non stationary reference frame or like moving axis of rotation?

  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 18, 2009 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper

    Hi janettaywx! :smile:
    Newtonian mechanics obeys Newtonian relativity, which means that the laws of motion are the same in all inertial frames …

    that is in all frames which are uniformly moving and not rotating.

    So conservation of angular momentum does apply about an axis in a moving inertial reference frame,

    but not about an axis in, for example, a rotating frame (where you have to make corrections known as centrifugal force and Coriolis force ). :smile:
  4. Mar 20, 2009 #3
    okay. thanks a lot :)
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook