Momentum is a vector describing how difficult it is to stop a moving object
Total momentum is the sum of individual momenta
Units are kg·m/s or N·s
Total angular momentum is the sum of individual angular momenta
Units are kg·m2/s
Calculating Angular Momentum
Spin Angular Momentum
For an object rotating about its center of mass
This is known as an object's spin angular momentum
Spin angular momentum is constant regardless of your reference point
Example 1: Object in Circular Orbit
Find the angular momentum of a planet orbiting the sun. Assume a perfectly circular orbit
Example 2: Angular Momentum of a Point Particle
Find the angular momentum for a 5-kg point particle located at (2,2) with a velocity of 2 m/s east
About point O at (0,0)
About point P at (2,0)
About point Q at (0,2)
Angular Momentum and Net Torque
Conservation of Angular Momentum
Spin angular momentum, the product of an object's moment of inertia and its angular velocity about the center of mass, is conserved in a closed system with no external net toques applied
Example 3: Ice Skater Problem
An ice skater spins with a specific angular velocity. She brings her arms and legs closer to her body, reducing her moment of inertia to half its original value. What happens to her angular velocity? What happens to her rotational kinetic energy?
Example 4: Combining Spinning Discs
A disc with moment of inertia 1 km·m2</sup spins about an axle through its center of mass with angular velocity 10 rad/s. An identical disc which is not rotating is slide along the axle until it makes contact with the first disc.
If the two discs stick together, what is their combined angular velocity?
Example 5: Catching While Rotating
Angelina spins on a rotating pedestal with an angular velocity of 8 radians per second.
Bob throws her an exercise ball, which increases her moment of inertia from 2 kg·m2</sup to 2.5 kg·m2
What is Angelina's angular velocity after catching the exercise ball? (Neglect any external torque from the ball)
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