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Side-by-side comparison of rotational and translational position, velocity, and acceleration.
Equations of uniform motion and uniform accelerated motion given in rotational quantities.
Definitions of quantities, explanations of equations, and worked out example problems.
Side-by-side comparison of rotational and translational force (torque) and mass (inertia).
Side-by-side comparison of rotational and translational impulse and momentum
Side-by-side comparison of rotational and translational work, kinetic energy, and power.
|1||A New Kind of Motion
Introduction to rotation as a second kind of motion, distinct from translational motion, as a classroom discussion.
A classroom discussion to develop an understanding of the parameters that determine torque.
||Screwdriver Springboard -
A classroom discussion to determine the advantages of different-sized screwdrivers.
|4||Angular Momentum Springboard -
A classroom discussion to introduce the concept of angular momentum (by comparison to linear momentum).
|LABS - The unlinked titles below are available in the Conceptual Physics lab manual from Pearson Education - Amazon link|
Personal experience in balancing an increasing torque created with a single force.
Personal experience in waving the mysterious rotational batons. Equal mass, equal length, but not equal somehow.
|3||A Question of Balance
Mixed activity: PhET sim and actual materials to investigate balancing torques.
|4||Sit on It and Rotate
Personal experiences in conservation angular momentum. Perennial student favorite.
|Kinetic Karnival: Rotation - Answers
Jearl Walker's spin (!) on rotational mechanics.
|YouTube Physics: The
Ultimate Backyard Water Slide
A thrill ride in his own back yard. Down the ramp, up the jump, and into the pool. Almost.
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