I know if I apply a force(perpendicular to he radius) to a wheel to rotate it, I am applying a torque. I change the wheel's angular acceleration, thus creating a torque.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

I can find the direction of a torque via the right hand rule.

If there is a wheel spinning in space where there are no forces acting on it, does the wheel still have a torque?

([tex]\tau[/tex] = L[tex]\alpha[/tex])

Doesn't the wheel still have an angular acceleration?

I'm afraid I've been thinking about all of this too much and am beginning to confuse myself.

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# Torque of a wheel in space

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