Angular speed Definition and 21 Discussions

In physics, angular frequency ω (also referred to by the terms angular speed, radial frequency, circular frequency, orbital frequency, radian frequency, and pulsatance) is a scalar measure of rotation rate. It refers to the angular displacement per unit time (for example, in rotation) or the rate of change of the phase of a sinusoidal waveform (for example, in oscillations and waves), or as the rate of change of the argument of the sine function.
Angular frequency (or angular speed) is the magnitude of the vector quantity angular velocity.One revolution is equal to 2π radians, hence







{\displaystyle \omega ={\frac {2\pi }{T}}={2\pi f},}

ω is the angular frequency or angular speed (measured in radians per second),
T is the period (measured in seconds),
f is the ordinary frequency (measured in hertz) (sometimes symbolised with ν).

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  1. A

    Question involving angular acceleration of a spinning wheel

    wfinal=98.0 rad/s, dt=3.00s w=(37 revs/3)=>w=(37 revs*(2*pi/1))/3=>w=77.493 a=(98-77.493)/3=>a=6.8357 My answer is exactly half of the correct answer. Where did I go wrong?
  2. A

    Kinematics and angular speed of a collision between a rod and puck

    initial total KE= (1/2)(0.6kg)(8m/s)^2 = 19.2J (0.6kg)(8m/s) = (0.6kg+1.8kg)(vf) vf= 2m/s final KE= (1/2)(0.6kg+1.8kg)(2m/s)^2 = 4.8J I tried to use linear speed=angular speed * radius : thus 2m/s= angular speed * (3.3m/2) angular speed= 1.2 rad/s Apparently that is wrong.
  3. pobro44

    Angular and orbital speed at perihelion

    Hello to all good people of physics forums. I just wanted to ask, whether the angular and linear (orbital) speed in perihelion of eliptical orbit are related the same way as in circular orbit (v = rw). If we take a look at the angular momentum (in polar coordinates) of reduced body moving in...
  4. Romain Nzebele

    How to calculate angular speed?

    Homework Statement A car initially traveling at 29.0 m/s undergoes a constant negative acceleration of magnitude 1.75 m/s2after its brakes are applied. (a) How many revolutions does each tire make before the car comes to a stop, assuming the car does not skid and the tires have radii of 0.330...
  5. J

    Freezing of water inside a hollow sphere which is rolling

    Homework Statement If we have a hollow ball completely filled with water which is rolling without slipping on a horizontal ground. If the water freezes which of the parameter will remain unchanged- angular speed, angular momentum, linear momentum, kinetic energy, total energy Homework...
  6. Fernando Calvario

    Riding a bicycle around a tree w/ constant acceleration

    Homework Statement African baobab trees can have circumferences of up to 43.0 m. Imagine riding a bicycle around a tree this size. If, starting from rest, you travel a distance of 162 m around the tree with a constant angular acceleration of 5.00 × 10–2 rad/s2, what will your final angular...
  7. N

    Centripetal Acceleration Problem: Finding Angular Speed

    Hi all, I've been lurking around the forums for a while to get help with homework but I figured I'd finally make an account to get direct feedback. I'm having problems with this centripetal acceleration problem, Homework Statement "In an old-fashioned amusement park ride, passengers stand...
  8. B

    Rotation problem - AP Physics 1

    Hey guys, I'm having trouble understanding this problem that was on an AP Physics 1 sample questions page: So a couple of questions here: (By the way, I know the answer is C) 1. My teacher explained that the net torque here on the assembly would be zero(will ask him again later). Is this...
  9. S

    Solid sphere rolling down a house roof.... angular speed

    Homework Statement A solid sphere of radius 16cm and mass 10kg starts from rest and rolls without slipping a distance of 9m down a house roof that is inclined at 43 degrees. What is the angular speed about its center as it leaves the house roof? The height of the outside wall of the house is...
  10. J

    Rod+mass rotating clockwise

    Homework Statement The 3.0 kg rod has a length of 80 cm. The 4.0 kg rectangle attached to the rod has negligible dimensions. The entire object rotates counterclockwise about the bottom of the rod. Determine the angular speed of the apparatus at the instant the rod is horizontal...
  11. C

    Rubber Band Spinning in midair

    Homework Statement A uniform thin circular rubber band of mass M and spring constant k has an original radius R. Now it is tossed into the air. Assume it remains circular when stabilized in air and rotates at angular speed ω about its center uniformly. Derive an expression for the new radius...
  12. alybtd

    Orbital vs. Angular speed

    Is there a difference between orbital speed and angular speed when an object or star is considered to be in a circular motion around another?
  13. D

    Relative angular velocity

    Homework Statement A particle of mass ##m## rotates about ##Z-##axis in a circle of radius ##a## with a uniform angular speed ##\omega##. It is viewed from a frame rotating about the ##Z-##axis with a uniform angular speed ##\omega_0##. Find the centrifugal force on the particle. Homework...
  14. O

    Finding angular speed of disk

    Homework Statement You connect a light string to a point on the edge of a uniform vertical disk with radius R and mass M. The disk is free to rotate without friction about a stationary horizontal axis through its center. Initially, the disk is at rest with the string connection at the highest...
  15. D

    Circular Motion problem

    Homework Statement A wheel spins at an angular speed of 2.50 rad/s for a total of 30.0s. How many complete revolutions will the wheel make during this time? A) 31.4 rev B) 19.3 rev C) 11.9 rev D) 75.0 rev Homework Equations W=Wo+(alpha)(t) θ=θo+Wot+1/2(alpha)t^2 W^2=Wo^2+2(alpha)(θ-θo) The...
  16. A

    Finding time in a pulley system

    Homework Statement A horizontal bar with a mass of 3.2 kg and a length L of 64 cm is rigidly mounted to a vertical spindle of negligible mass such that the two objects spin together. The spindle has a diameter of 2.0 cm, and it is attached to the bar a distance of L /4 from its centre of mass...
  17. J

    Find Angular Velocity when given Angular Acceleration?

    Homework Statement Starting from rest, a spinning compact disk undergoes an angular acceleration of 5.0 rad/s^2. What is the angular speed of the disk after 3 revolutions? Homework Equations a=Δω/Δt ω=Δθ/Δt The Attempt at a Solution I do not understand how to solve this equation when I am not...
  18. K

    Calculating angular speed of a ball after collision

    Hi, I've been wondering is there anyway of calculating the angular speed of a ball after there is a collision of it and another mass. For example a baseball bat hitting the ball. I have not looked up on angular momentum, but is angular momentum involved in this? Based on common sense, I think...
  19. 1

    Conservation of Angular Momentum & Energy question

    Question: A streetcar is freely coasting (no friction) around a large circular track. It is then switched to a small circular track. When coasting on the smaller circle its speed is: a) greater b) less c) unchanged Relevant Formulas: w = v/r KE = 1/2mv2 My teacher said the normal force from...
  20. T

    Synthesis Problem

    A solid balsa cube of side length L = 16.0” and mass M = 8.60 kg is at rest on a horizontal table top. It is constrained to rotate about a fixed and frictionless axis, AB, along one edge of the cube. A bullet of mass m = 50.0 g is fired with speed v at the other side of the cube, at height a =...
  21. M

    Rotational motion: Find angular displacement when rotation speed is changing

    Homework Statement A torque acts on a wheel rotating at 19.8 rad/s and increases its angular speed to 23.5 rad/s in 11.2 s. Find the angle through which the wheel turns during this time. Homework Equations omega = theta/time The Attempt at a Solution 23.5 - 19.8/11.2 = .33rad/s/s --- this is...