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Rotation in space.

  1. Dec 5, 2015 #1
    We have a rod and keep floating in ISS. If we tap giving force at one end, will it,
    1. Rotate about an axis or
    2. Has translational and rotational motion.
    If it rotates, where is the axis?

    I have interest in yoyo motion too. From YouTube, they spin them while holding. Can we rotate yoyo from floating position?.
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  3. Dec 5, 2015 #2


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    What do you think?
  4. Dec 5, 2015 #3
    I think it rotates with the axis of the other end, since the near end moves first followed by nearest mass till the other end.
    But if we throw a stick to the air it looks like it rotates about the center.
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