angular velocity

Angular velocity is the rate at which a rotating object sweeps out an angle relative to a fixed point. Angular velocity may be measured in radians, degrees, or revolutions per unit time.


The average angular velocity ω of an object moving from angle θ1 to θ2 in time t, is (θ1 - θ2)/t. Instantaneous angular veolcity is the value approached by ω as t tends to zero. The direction associated with the angular velocity of an object is perpendicular to the plane of its motion. The speed v of an object at a distance r from a fixed point is directly proportional to the magnitude ω of its angular velocity: v = .