Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Rotational Dynamics

Students use a rotary motion sensor to determine the mathematical relationship between torque, rotational inertia, and angular acceleration of a rotating object.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
B.1 3.F.2.1; 3.F.2.2; 3.A.1.3

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Source: Lab #10

Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Rotational Dynamics