Helix Angle: Definition, Formula & Calculation


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How many geometric parameters are required to define a finite helical structure?

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1. If the pitch of a helical structure is 10 mm, how many turns are required to make the helix 120 mm long?

2. For a helix of fixed length, in comparison to a helix angle of 20 degrees, a helix angle of 40 degrees has _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Quiz yourself on helix angles with these multiple-choice assessments. Important areas you'll be covering include the number of geometric parameters that are needed to define a finite helical structure and the number of turns that are required to make a helix of a specified length when you know the pitch of a helix structure.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These areas will be covered on the quiz/worksheet:

  • Comparison between helix angles for a helix of fixed length
  • Largest lateral dimension of the helix
  • Helix angle in degrees when you know the diameter and pitch

Skills Practiced

  • Problem solving - use your acquired knowledge to solve helix angles practice problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the number of geometric parameters that are required to define a finite helical structure
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the number of turns that are necessary to make a specific length of a helix based on the pitch of a helix structure and the greatest lateral dimension of a helix

Additional Learning

Keep learning about these angles with the accompanying lesson called Helix Angle: Definition, Formula & Calculation. You'll be going over these points of interest:

  • Mechanical components that have helical threads
  • Example of how the helix angle is defined
  • Importance of the helix angle in various applications