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rcummings89

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I just want to make sure I am understanding how to define degrees of freedom of an object.

If you have a rolling ball moving strictly in the x-direction, it has two degrees of freedom: one from its rotation, and one from its translation? Or is it just one DoF because its translation is proportional to the angle of rotation (x = RΘ)?

Also a hanging mass on a spring only has one degree of freedom because it can only translate in the y-direction?

Thanks!