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angular acceleration




The rate of change of angular velocity. The average angular acceleration of an object whose angular velocity changes from ω1 to ω2 over time t is (ω2 - ω1)/t. Instantaneous acceleration is the value approached as t becomes small. The direction of the angular acceleration vector is perpendicular to the plane of motion. The tangential acceleration aT of a particle at a distance r from a fixed point is , where α is its angular acceleration.


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