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6.1 Circular motion

Experiments

Here are experiments our science specialists have selected to support the IB* topic.

Rotational Dynamics

Experiment #13 from Advanced Physics with Vernier — Mechanics

In this experiment, you will

  • Collect angular acceleration data for objects subjected to a torque.
  • Determine an expression for the torque applied to a rotating system.
  • Determine the relationship between torque and angular acceleration.
  • Relate the slope of a linearized graph to system parameters.
  • Make and test predictions of the effect of changes in system parameters on the constant of proportionality.

Centripetal Accelerations on a Turntable

Experiment #20 from Physics with Vernier

  • Measure centripetal acceleration on a record turntable.
  • Determine the relationship between centripetal acceleration, radius, and angular velocity.
  • Determine the direction of centripetal acceleration.

Educational Standard
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Subject
Physics
Section
Core
Topic
6. Circular motion and gravitation

* The IB Diploma Program is an official program of the International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) which authorizes schools to offer it. The material available here has been developed independently of the IBO and is not endorsed by it.

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