Terms
Rotational motion

The motion of any object in which every part of the object rotates about a
common axis in a circular path.
Angular displacement

The angle swept out by the circular motion of a particle. See definition of
angular displacement
Radians

A unit of measuring an angle. The relation between radians and degrees is as
follows:
1 revolution = 2Π radians = 360^{
o
}


Average angular velocity

The average rate at which an object rotates in a circular path. See
formula.
Instantaneous angular velocity

The instantaneous rate at which an object rotates in a circular path. See
formula.
Angular acceleration

The rate of change of angular velocity. See formula.
Right hand rule

The rule by which the direction of a rotational vector can be found: take your
right hand, curl your fingers and stick your thumb straight up. If you let the
curl of your fingers follow the path of the rotating particle or body, your
thumb will point in the direction of the angular velocity of the body.
Formulae
Definition of angular displacement

μ = s/r

Conversion between radians and degrees

2Π
rad = 1 revolution =
360^{
o
}

Formula for average angular velocity

=

Formula for instantaneous angular velocity

σ =

Formula for angular acceleration

α =

Kinematic equations for rotational motion


σ
_{f} = σ
_{o} + αt

μ
_{f} = μ
_{o} + σ
_{o}
t +
αt
^{2}

σ
_{f}
^{2} = σ
_{o}
^{2} +2αμ

μ = (σ
_{o} + σ
_{f})t

Relation of linear and angular displacement

s = μr

Relation of linear and angular velocity

v = σr

Relation of tangential and angular acceleration

a
_{T} = αr

Relation of radial acceleration and angular velocity

a
_{R} = σ
^{2}
r
