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Centripetal, Tangential, and Angular Acceleration

A rod rotates in a horizontal plane, and is made to slow steadily to a stop. This setup is used to explore the different types of acceleration involved in this motion: centripetal, tangential, and angular acceleration.

A Rotary Motion Sensor measures angular velocity, and a Wireless 3-Axis Acceleration Sensor/Altimeter attached to the end of the rod measures both centripetal and tangential acceleration at this outer radius.


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Centripetal, Tangential, and Angular Acceleration