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Rotational Kinematics Numerical Problems and solutions

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This post is all about Rotational Kinematics Numerical Problems and solutions. We will use the following four rotational kinematic equations (presented together with their translational counterparts) to solve the numerical problems.

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In these equations, the subscript 0 denotes initial values (ωand vo are initial values). The 4 equations in the first column represent the rotational kinematics. The second column consists of the translational equivalents.

Rotational Kinetic equationsTranslational kinetic equationsConstants
θ=(1/2)(ω0 + ω)ts=(1/2)(vo + v)tαa
 ω = ωαtv = vo + atαa
ω2 = ω02+ 2αθv2 = vo2 + 2asαa
four rotational kinematic equations (presented together with their translational counterparts)

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1. A rigid body turns through 1.85 radians. Express this in degrees and revolutions.

Using the fact that π radians equal 180 deg, then

1.85 rad = (1.85 rad)(180 deg /π rad) = 106 deg ……….(1)

Then, using the fact that 1 revolution = 2π rad to get

1.85 rad = (1.85 rad)(1 rev / 2π rad) = 0.294 rev ……………… (2)

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2. Long ago people listened to music which was stored on “phonograph records”. These records turned at a rate of 33.3 revolutions per minute. Express this rotation rate in radians per second.


Using the relations 1 rev = 2π rad as well as 1 min = 60 s to convert the units:

33.3 rpm = 33.3 rev/min = (33.3 x 2π ) rad / 60 secs = 3.49 rad/s

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3. A flywheel has a constant angular deceleration of 2.0 rad/s2. (a) Find the angle through which the flywheel turns as it comes to rest from an angular speed of 220 rad/s. (b) Find the time required for the flywheel to come to rest.


α = – 2.0 rad/s2

ω0 = 220 rad/s

ω = 0

θ = ?

Using this rotational kinematics equation: ω2 = ω02+ 2αθ

=> 0 = 2202+ 2.(-2).θ

=> θ = (220 x 220) / 4 = 12100 rad = 1.21 x 104 rad

Solution (b)

α = – 2.0 rad/s2

ω0 = 220 rad/s

ω = 0

t = ?

ω= ω0+ αt

0 = 220 + (-2)t

t = 110 sec

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4. A string trimmer is a tool for cutting grass and weeds. It utilizes a length of nylon “string” that rotates about an axis perpendicular to one end of the string. The string rotates at an angular speed of 47 rev/s, and its tip has a tangential speed
of 54 m/s. What is the length of the rotating string?


Rotational Kinematics Numerical Problems and solutions - Q4
figure 1: describing problem 4 data through a diagram

The rotating string is shown in Fig. 1. The angular velocity of the string’s rotation is
ω= 2πf = 2π(47) rad/s = 295 rad/s

We have the speed of the tip of the string (which is a distance r from the axis), and this is the linear speed v.
v= 54 m/s

Now from Equation v=ωr, we can get the length of the string, r:
r =v/ω = 54/295 m = 0.183 m

So the string is 0.183 m long.

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