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Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

About This Course

This course is the third of a series of 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.

Learning Objectives

  • Understand rigid bodies and moment of inertia
  • Learn the concept of torque
  • Understand angular momentum
  • Define translation and rotation

  • Format of This Course

    This course includes lectures and exercises.

    Recommended Prerequisites

    High school physics, calculus (see Related Content below)

    License Type

    This course may contain material that is © third parties. Unless otherwise indicated, all content is © All Rights Reserved by the course instructor(s).


    Peter Dourmashkin

    Senior Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Deepto Charkrabarty

    Professor, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Michelle Tomasik

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Analia Barrantes

    Lecturer, Physics

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    George Stephans

    Senior Research Scientist, Laboratory for Nuclear Science

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

    Anna Frebel

    Silverman Family Career Development Professor

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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      12 hours per week
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      6 weeks
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