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## Homework Statement

Consider a lamina rotating freely (no torques) about a point O of the lamina. Use Euler's equations to show that the component of

**[tex]\omega[/tex]**in the plane of the lamina has constant magnitude.

[Hint: Use the reults of Problems 10.23 and 10.30. According to Problem 10.30, if you choose the direction e3 normal to the plane of the lamina, e3 points along a principal axis. Then what you have to prove is that the time derivative of [tex]\omega[/tex][tex]_{1}[/tex][tex]^{2}[/tex] + [tex]\omega[/tex][tex]_{2}[/tex][tex]^{2}[/tex] is zero.]

## Homework Equations

The result of 10.23 is that Izz = Ixx + Iyy

The result of 10.30 is that for a lamina rotating about a point O in the body, the axis through O and perpendicular to the plane is a principal axis.

Euler's equations, as given in my book, are

y1W1 - (y2 - y1)w2w3 = N1

y2W2 - (y3 - y1)w3w1 = N2

y3W3 - (y1 - y2)w1w2 = N3

where y is lambda, the eigenvalue, w is omega, W is omega dot, and N is the torque.

## The Attempt at a Solution

If the lamina is rotating freely, the N1=N2=N3=0.

If I choose e3 to be normal to the plane of the lamina, then e3 points along a principal axis, and that means that

w3 = constant,

so

W3 = 0.

Those last two statements I'm not sure about.

However, I still know that I would like to prove that the time derivative of w1^2 + w2^2 = 0. That is,

2w1W1 + 2w2W2 = 0

And solving Euler's equations for W1 and W2, with N1,2,3 = 0, you have

W1 = ((y2-y3)/y1)w2w3

W2 = ((y3-y1)/y2)w3w1

Plugging these in to 2w1W1 + 2w2W2 = 0 and doing algebra, I found that, if 2w1W1 + 2w2W2 = 0 is true, then

y2^2 - y2y3 + y1y3 - y1^2 = 0.

Which doesn't seem to necessarily be true.

Help? Thank you!