Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

Learn about rotational dynamics, rigid bodies and moment of inertia in this calculus-based physics course.

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About this course

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This course is the third of a series of four modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will explore rotational motion and learn about the concepts of torque and angular momentum. You will learn about the conservation of angular momentum, and use it with other conservation laws to solve complex problems in rotational dynamics.

The modules are based on material in MIT's Physics I, which is required for all MIT undergraduates, and is being offered as an XSeries on edX. Please visit the Introductory Mechanics XSeries Program Page to learn more and to enroll in all four modules.

To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics and Mechanics: Momentum and Energy.

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What you'll learn

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  • Rigid Bodies and Moment of Inertia
  • Torque
  • Angular Momentum
  • Translation and Rotation

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