Why is there no helicoptor with a single rotor?

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All helicopters have two rotors. Some have both rotors on vertical axes but rotating in opposite directions, and the rest have one rotor on a horizontal axis perpendicular to the helicopter body at the tail. Why is a single rotor never used? :frown:
 

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cepheid
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To prevent the helicopter from spinning in circles, I believe.
 
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i think i have to relate it to energy and momentum and all that great stuff...
 
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okay. What physical quantity does the motor "impart" to the rotor? (Hint: it puts it into rotational motion right? So how is that measured as a "quantity?") If so, does an equal and opposite amount of this quantity get "imparted" back to the helicopter?
 

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