Angular Acceleration and wheel revolution

  • #1

Homework Statement

A wheel accelerates from rest to 59 rad/s at a rate of 29 rad/s². How many revolutions the wheel turned while accelerating?

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The Attempt at a Solution

I'm confused, I suck at this kind of problem. I got change in angular velocity which would be 59rad/s, and I got that the angular acceleration would be 29 rad/s². What equation relates all three? All equations I know relate them using time, but I got no time there.
  • #2
The equation you are looking for is an EXACT analog of the equation for linear motion, s=(1/2)*a*t^2. Does that help?
  • #3
Not really. See that would translate into angular motion as this:

Angular Displacement = 1/2*Angular Acceleration*Time²

And since I got no time, that equation is useless. I need an equation that somehow relates ONLY angular displacement to angular velocity and angular acceleration

Unless I'm missing a way to get the time from the given data...
  • #4
Well, you know the initial velocity, the final velocity and the acceleration. Could that give you a time?
  • #6
I would say that if I accelerate from 0 to 10 m/sec at an acceleration of 10 m/sec^2, then the time it takes is 1 sec.

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