Advanced PlacementCollegeHigh School / Physics

Rotational Statics

Students use the Smart Cart force sensor and tension protractors to demonstrate that the sum of the forces acting on an object in static translational equilibrium is equal to zero, and the sum of the torques acting on an object in static rotational equilibrium is equal to zero.


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Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
B.1 3.F.1.1; 3.F.1.2; 3.F.1.3; 3.F.1.4; 3.F.1.5

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Source: Lab #11

Advanced Physics 1 Lab Manual

Rotational Statics