# Angular acceleration and angular velocity

## Homework Statement

Calculate the angular acceleration and angular velocity of a 4 kg object rotating in a circle of 3 m radius in a time of 6 s.

## Homework Equations

Angular acceleration = ω2*r

Angular velocity= angular displacement/time ????

## The Attempt at a Solution

Really don't know how to start :C

BruceW
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hmm. It might help if you went over some of the topics of circular motion. Also, the question is badly worded or incomplete? Angular acceleration is a term usually used for the acceleration which is perpendicular to the radial motion. So it is not omega squared times r. The radial acceleration is usually used for omega squared times r.

But with what the question gives you, it looks like the angular acceleration cannot be found, although the radial acceleration can. So I think you can assume you are meant to work out the radial acceleration.

Another problem with the question is that it doesn't explicitly say how far the object moves in that 6 seconds. But at a first guess, I'd say you are meant to assume it completes one full rotation in 6 seconds.

So, assuming the object completes one full rotation in 6 seconds, then what is the angular velocity? You've written the equation: "Angular velocity= angular displacement/time" so what is the 'angular displacement' for one full rotation?

My calculation looks like that

Angular velocity:

Am I right i thinking?

The time period is given to you as 6 seconds.
You need ##\omega## (angular velocity).

##Period = \frac{2 \pi}{\omega}##

For, angular acceleration, I think the data is incomplete because angular acceleration ##\alpha=\frac{d\omega}{dt}##. So you need more values.

BruceW
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My calculation looks like that

Angular velocity: