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I Point of Reference for Conservation of Angular Momentum

  1. Mar 8, 2017 #1
    When analyzing the conservation of angular momentum of a particular system, should we use the same p.o.r. before and after or can we use different p.o.r.'s? As far as I know, we should always use the same reference, but sometimes I see several solutions that use different references in my textbook.

    Thank you for your help, and pardon my awkward English
     
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  3. Mar 9, 2017 #2

    Orodruin

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    You need to use the same point of reference if the total linear momentum is non-zero. In the same fashion, angular momentum can be preserved with respect to one reference point while not being conserved with respect to another if the total force is non-zero.

    If the total linear momentum is zero, the angular momentum is independent of the reference point. If the total force is zero, the torque is independent of the reference point.
     
  4. Mar 11, 2017 #3
    Can you please explain it further?
     
  5. Mar 11, 2017 #4

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    Not unless you point out what parts you have problems with.
     
  6. Mar 23, 2017 #5
    I was entirely confused,
    Can you please explain it with a simple system? Be it any system
     
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