• 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