Speaker: Docent Hanno Essén Affiliation: KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden Link to MSTeam meating
We introduce a specific four-particle, four degree-of-freedom model and calculate the rotation that can be achieved by purely internal torques and forces, keeping the total angular momentum zero. We argue that the model qualitatively explains much of the ability of a cat to land on its feet even though released from rest upside down.
Reference: H. Essén and A. Nordmark, A simple model for the falling cat problem Eur. J. Phys.39 (2018) 035004
Seminar language: English Chaiman: Prof. Sławomir Breiter