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Difference between rotational and angular velocity

  1. Sep 26, 2003 #1


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    Can anyone tell me the difference between "rotational velocity" and "angular velocity"?

    I got that angular velocity is the dimension of angle/time, but rotational velocity is the dimension of rotations/time.

    Will appreciate it if you can also provide me with some references defining the difference.

    Thank you in advance for your help.
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  3. Sep 26, 2003 #2


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    Quite frankly, I don't recall seeing "rotational velocity".

    I could see it as having either of two meanings:
    number of revolutions per unit time- if angular velocity is w radians per second, then (since there are 2pi radians in a circle) the "rotational velocity" would be w/(2pi) revolutions per second.

    The other possibility is the linear velocity of a point on the circumference of the circle. Since an angle theta in a circle of radius r subtends an arc of length (theta/pi) r, the "rotational velocity" would be (w/pi) r.
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