conservation of angular momentum


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conservation of angular momentum

[‚kän·sər′vā·shən əv ′aŋ·gyə·lər mə′men·təm]
(mechanics)
The principle that, when a physical system is subject only to internal forces that bodies in the system exert on each other, the total angular momentum of the system remains constant, provided that both spin and orbital angular momentum are taken into account.
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At present, the best guess for the cause of the particle outflows is related to the conservation laws, Evans notes - in this case, the conservation of angular momentum.
It's actually down to the conservation of angular momentum.
6] seconds per year, which causes a decrease in the Earth's spin angular momentum, and by conservation of angular momentum causes an increase in the Moon's orbital angular momentum.

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