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Weird question about torque

  1. Feb 11, 2014 #1
    if a rigid body, lets say a disk,is floating in space and we exert a force outside its center of mass will it rotate or just start a linear move? its center of mass is free to move.sorry if my English are not so good.I hope that you understood the question
     
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  3. Feb 11, 2014 #2
    It will do both.
     
  4. Feb 11, 2014 #3
    thanks for the reply Chestermiller! Thats also what i think but because there is not fixed axis or a force couple i was not really sure.
     
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