Overview of equations and skills for angular kinematics, including how to choose the best angular kinematics formula.
is initial angle is final angle is the is initial angular velocity is final angular velocity is angular acceleration
- Angular acceleration
is constant over the time interval.
Choosing the best rotational kinematic formula
To choose the rotational kinematic formula that's right for your problem, figure out which rotation variable you are not given and not asked to find. For example, we could use equation 1,
, to solve for the variables , , , or if we knew the values of the other three variables.
Note that each kinematic formula is missing one of the five kinematic variables.
Często spotykane błędy i nieporozumienia
People forget that all the rotational kinematic variables —
— are vectors and commonly have negative signs. A missing negative sign is a very common source of error. For example, a wheel’s rotation slows down if its angular velocity is counterclockwise (positive direction) and its angular acceleration is clockwise (negative direction). Slowing down is only possible if the angular velocity and acceleration have opposite signs.