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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Raymond A. Serway + 1 other
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Textbook Problem

A cat usually lands on its feet regardless of the position from which it is dropped. A slow-motion film of a cat falling shows that the upper half of its body twists in one direction while the lower half twists in the opposite direction. (See Fig. CQ8.14.) Why does this type of rotation occur?

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Figure CQ8.14

To determine
Why rotation occurs in cats while landing.

Explanation

The torque is given by,

τ=ΔLΔt

  • L is the angular momentum

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