What is the second term of the total kinetic energy in a rigid pendulum system?

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In summary, the problem involves a rigid pendulum rotating with uniform angular velocity, with the angle between the rotation axis and pendulum denoted as θ. The inertia of the bearing and connecting rod are neglected, as well as friction, but the effects of gravity are included. The second term of the total kinetic energy is represented by the orthogonal motions of the bob. The solution uses Lagrangian mechanics to solve the problem.
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Homework Statement

The bearing of a rigid pendulum of mass is forced to rotate uniformly
with angular velocity (see Figure P. 1.32). The angle between the rotation
axis and the pendulum is called θ.Neglect the inertia of the bearing and of
the rod connecting it to the mass. Neglect friction. Include the effects of
the uniform force of gravity.

Homework Equations

What represents the second term of the total kinetic energy of the system?

The Attempt at a Solution

I used the lagrangian mechanics to solve the problem.

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fib1123 said:
What represents the second term of the total kinetic energy of the system?
At any instant, we can resolve the motion of the bob into two orthogonal motions, both perpendicular to the pendulum rod: a horizontal velocity normal to the vertical axis and a velocity in the vertical plane through the rod. These correspond to the two KE terms.

What is kinetic energy?

Kinetic energy is the energy an object possesses due to its motion. It is a type of energy that is associated with the movement of an object.

How is kinetic energy calculated?

Kinetic energy is calculated using the formula KE = 1/2 * m * v^2, where m is the mass of the object and v is its velocity or speed.

What are some examples of kinetic energy?

Some examples of kinetic energy include a moving car, a swinging pendulum, a rolling ball, and a running person.

How is kinetic energy different from potential energy?

Kinetic energy is the energy of motion, while potential energy is the energy an object has due to its position or state. Kinetic energy can be converted into potential energy and vice versa.

How does kinetic energy impact daily life?

Kinetic energy plays a significant role in our daily lives. It is essential for transportation, as it powers cars, trains, and other vehicles. It is also necessary for activities such as sports and exercise. Additionally, kinetic energy is harnessed for electricity generation in hydroelectric dams and wind turbines.

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