In your study of linear momentum, you learned that, in the absence of an unbalanced external force, the momentum of a system remains constant. In this experiment, you will examine how the angular momentum of a rotating system responds to changes in the moment of inertia, I.
In this experiment, you will
Collect angle vs. time and angular velocity vs. time data for rotating systems.
Analyze the θ-t and ω-t graphs both before and after changes in the moment of inertia.
Determine the effect of changes in the moment of inertia on the angular momentum of the system.
Sensors and Equipment
This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.