• Rotational Equilibrium and Rotational Dynamics

    Learning Targets:

    1. Define torque
    2. State the rotational analog to Newton’s first law of motion
    3. Apply the definition of torque to a system of objects
    4. State the two conditions of mechanical equilibrium
    5. Apply the two conditions of mechanical equilibrium to systems of objects
    6. Define center of gravity
    7. Determine the center of gravity for homogenous and symmetrical bodies
    8. Determine the center of gravity for systems of objects
    9. Define the moment of inertia
    10. State the rotational analog of Newton’s second law of motion
    11. Calculate the moment of inertia for objects
    12. Use the rotational version of Newton’s second law of motion to solve systems of rotating objects
    13. Define the kinetic energy of a rotating object
    14. State the work-energy theorem for objects that are rotating
    15. Use the work-energy theorem to solve problems involving rotating objects
    16. Define angular momentum
    17. State Newton’s second law of motion in terms of angular momentum
    18. State the principle of conservation of angular momentum
    19. Use conservation of angular momentum to systems of rotating objects

    Powerpoints:

    1. Torque and Rotation
    2. Mechanical Equilibrium
    3. Moment of Inertia
    4. Work and Energy of Rotating Objects
    5. Angular Momentum

    Assignments:

    1. Torque Worksheet
    2. Center of Gravity Worksheet
    3. Work and Energy of Rotating Objects Worksheet
    4. Angular Momentum Worksheet

    Labs:

    1. Angular Momentum Lab