Integrated Sequence Physics Chemistry Organic Biology
 RotationRotational KinematicsTorque and Moment of InertiaWork and Energy in RotationAngular MomentumStatic Equilibrium of a Rigid Body

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Module 2 in the Syllabus
Curriculum

Rotation Cards
Chapter from the Wisebridge Learning System for Physics

Rotation Images
Image gallery for study with links to larger teaching JPEGs for classroom presentation

Question Drill for Rotation
Conceptual Vocabulary Self-Test

Basic Terms Crossword Puzzle

Basic Puzzle Solution

Overview of Rotation
In our earlier discussions of mechanics, we have been relying on what physicists call 'the particle model' of a material body. No problem with that, except that now we want to analyze the motion of an extended body in which different parts have relative motion with regard to each other. Unlike a particle, such an extended body can undergo rotation. To first approach the more complex motion of rotation, it is helpful to have recourse to a simplified model system. In rotation, the simplified model system is the rigid body rotating around a fixed axis.

Rotation on the MCAT
Although straightforward rotation problems seem to show up a bit less on the MCAT compared to the rest of classical mechanics, it is still an important topic for MCAT review. Comparison of rolling versus sliding motion has appeared fairly often, and static equilibrium problems involving summation of torque have appeared a few times.