# Angular acceleration from angular velocity

Hello everybody. I would really appreciate some help

## Homework Statement

I have some problem where I have measured angular velocity data. This measurements are not equally spaced, meaning there were taken after some (variable) delay passed.

I need to find what is the angular acceleration at each point of measurement.

## Homework Equations

ummmm I don't know... perhaps α= Δω/Δt??

## The Attempt at a Solution

So I have some measures like

Code:
Time(μs)    Speed(rad/s)           Accel(rad/s^2)
------------------------------------------------------------
15115        2.078458
24184       3.464097                  91.67310552 ???????
31238       4.453629
37207        5.263176
42474        5.964667
My question is how to fill the Acceleration values....

I have tried accel=(speed2-speed1)/(time2-time1) (see the 91.67310552)

Is this flawed??

The graphic of the speed show a almost linear increase of speed (until it becomes constant), so by theory this should give a constant acceleration and then 0 right? But my calculations become kind of crazy after a whileand give a zigzag curve after a promising start...

so can anyone check if my ideas are ok?

thanks

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andrewkirk
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I have tried accel=(speed2-speed1)/(time2-time1) (see the 91.67310552)
That's a fine way to do it. But you seem to have done the calc wrong. I get 153, not 91.7.
You can calculate four angular acceleration values from your data, and they make a nice smooth progression, with a slight, gradual decline from the original value, which seems realistic.

Yeah I realized my calculation mistake. Thanks.
I did the calculations for all the data and I got the following graphs Well although the speed graphs seems quite nice, the acceleration graphs have some ups and downs. I suppose physical systems are not the same as theory so instead of the square curve I was expecting I got that. Seems close enough I guess..

Thanks again for the help. It is very appreciated. It has been years since I took physics and frankly I remember very few... haruspex
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Thanks again for the help. It is very appreciated. It has been years since I took physics and frankly I remember very few... 