# Angular acceleration of a wheel formula

## Homework Statement

What is the formula for angular acceleration, when the wheel's diameter, speed, acceleration and distance are known.

## The Attempt at a Solution

The hard part is realizing that the speed the wheel is moving at (I'm assuming it's a wheel attached to a moving body like a car driving on the road) is equal to the tangential speed of a particle on the end of the wheel. Same can be said about acceleration.

So, then you simply convert between tangential and angular values, you said diameter is known, so these are given in terms of diameter d (with d=2r) as
$$\alpha=\frac{2a_{t}}{d}$$, $$\omega=\frac{2v_{t}}{d}$$

berkeman
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## Homework Statement

What is the formula for angular acceleration, when the wheel's diameter, speed, acceleration and distance are known.

## The Attempt at a Solution

Welcome to the PF.

You are asking for an equation for acceleration, when the acceleration is known?