Solving Angular Rotation w/ Constant Acceleration - Emilie

In summary, The problem at hand involves a rotating wheel with a constant angular acceleration of 2.25 rad/s^2. After 4 seconds, the wheel has rotated 60.0 rad. The question asks for the initial angular velocity of the wheel at the beginning of the 4.00 second interval. The correct approach is to use the formula \bar{\omega}=\frac{\omega_2+\omega_1}{2}=\frac{\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}. Using the given information, the answer is 3.75 rad/s. The incorrect approach of using a = (w2-w1)/ (t2-t1)
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~angel~
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I've been trying to do this question in the textbook, but I can't seem to get the answer.

Emilie's potter's whel rotates with a constant 2.25 rad/s^2 angular acceleration. After 4 seconds the wheel has rotated through an angle of 60.0 rad. What was hte angular velocty of the wheel at the beginning of the 4.00 second interval.

I thought I could use a = (w2-w1)/ (t2-t1), but I end up with 6 as my answer, which is incorrect.

Thank you in advance.
 
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Perhaps this thread will help.
 
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Ok, I've got it. But why is my method incorrect?
 
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~angel~ said:
Ok, I've got it. But why is my method incorrect?

Because:

[tex]\omega_2\ne\frac{\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}=15\ rad/s[/tex]

Actually,

[tex]\bar{\omega}=\frac{\omega_2+\omega_1}{2}=\frac{\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}[/tex]
 

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1. How is angular rotation defined?

Angular rotation is a measure of the change in angle of an object over time. It is typically measured in radians per second.

2. What is constant acceleration in relation to angular rotation?

Constant acceleration refers to a situation where the angular velocity of an object changes at a constant rate over time. This results in a linear relationship between the angular velocity and time.

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