angular velocity


Definition of angular velocity

: the rate of rotation around an axis usually expressed in radians or revolutions per second or per minute

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Recent Examples on the Web Notice that this acceleration can be calculated using either the velocity or the angular velocity (ω). Rhett Allain, Wired, "The Physics of Reddit's Spinning Solar System Icon," 16 Jan. 2021 In this expression, α is the rate of change of the angular velocity (ω). Rhett Allain, Wired, "How NASA Finds the Mass of the Dirt Grabbed From an Asteroid," 16 Nov. 2020 If the ball is moving around in a circle with a radius r with an angular velocity ω, then the following must be true. Adam Rogers, WIRED, "The Awesome Bowling Robot Is Surely Fake. Here's How to Tell," 10 July 2019 The direction of this Magnus force is perpendicular to both the velocity vector and the angular velocity vector (which is in the direction of the axis of rotation). Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball," 31 July 2019 Even though the angular momentum stays constant, the angular velocity (the direction of rotation) will change. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "The Twisty Physics of Simone Biles' Historic Triple-Double," 12 Aug. 2019 From that paper, the coefficient depends on the speed, angular velocity, and type of surface. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Let's Break Down the Physics of a Wickedly Curving Baseball," 31 July 2019 That’s why the angular velocity to the club is so high. Charley Walters, Twin Cities, "Charley Walters: Future looks bright for Minnesota’s 3M Open," 6 July 2019 And a couple more notes: The ω is the angular velocity vector. Rhett Allain, WIRED, "Let's Use Physics to Model a Curving Soccer Ball," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of angular velocity

circa 1672, in the meaning defined above

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“Angular velocity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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