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Chapter 8: Angular Motion and Statics

Difficulty Level: At Grade Created by: CK-12

Credit: CK-12 Foundation
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We have looked at circular motion using the same measures as linear motion.  To look at rotation in more detail, though, we need to work in rotational units - measuring the angle rotated through, the angular sped, and angular acceleration. 

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Chapter Summary

  1. Angular momentum is defined as the product of rotational inertia and angular velocity.
  2. Torque is defined as \tau=rF \sin \theta, where the angle \theta is the angle between the lever arm r and force F. The symbol for torque is the Greek letter tau (\tau)
  3. By definition a counterclockwise torque is positive and a clockwise torque is negative.
  4. Two conditions of equilibrium:
    1. Translational equilibrium: \sum F=F_{net}=0
    2. Rotational equilibrium: \sum \tau=\tau_{net}=0

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  1. [1]^ Credit: CK-12 Foundation; License: CC BY-NC 3.0


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Jun 27, 2013

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