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A simple model for the falling cat problem

June 2 , 13:00 14:00

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

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