Ch 7: Rotational Motion in Physics: Homeschool Curriculum

About This Chapter

The Rotational Motion in Physics unit of this High School Physics Homeschool course is designed to help homeschooled students learn about rotational motion. Parents can use the short videos to introduce topics, break up lessons and keep students engaged.

Who's it for?

This unit of our High School Physics Homeschool course will benefit any student who is trying to learn about speed, dynamics, and momentum relating to rotational motion. There is no faster or easier way to learn about rotational motion in physics. Among those who would benefit are:

  • Students who require an efficient, self-paced course of study to learn about rotational kinematics, inertia, conservation of energy, and types of momentum.
  • Homeschool parents looking to spend less time preparing lessons and more time teaching.
  • Homeschool parents who need a physics curriculum that appeals to multiple learning types (visual or auditory).
  • Gifted students and students with learning differences.

How it works:

  • Students watch a short, fun video lesson that covers a specific unit topic.
  • Students and parents can refer to the video transcripts to reinforce learning.
  • Short quizzes and a rotational motion in physics unit exam confirm understanding or identify any topics that require review.

Rotational Motion in Physics Unit Objectives

  • Discuss the differences between translational and rotational motion.
  • Understand kinematic equations for rotational motion.
  • Detail the five kinematic qualities.
  • Understand the impact of inertia on rotational speed.
  • Learn the aspects of rotational dynamics and torque.
  • Apply conservation of energy principles and translational motion formulas.
  • Solve momentum word problems.
  • Explore aspects of rotational equilibrium.

11 Lessons in Chapter 7: Rotational Motion in Physics: Homeschool Curriculum
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Differences Between Translational & Rotational Motion

1. Differences Between Translational & Rotational Motion

After watching this lesson, you'll be able to explain the difference between translational and rotational motion, explain how translational quantities are replaced by rotational ones in physics and apply Newton's First Law to rotation. A short quiz follows.

Rotational Kinematics: Definition & Equations

2. Rotational Kinematics: Definition & Equations

After watching this lesson, you should be able to explain what kinematics is, give a rotational variable that corresponds to each linear kinematic variable, and solve problems using rotational kinematics equations. A short quiz will follow.

Five Kinematics Quantities & the Big 5 Equations

3. Five Kinematics Quantities & the Big 5 Equations

After watching this lesson, you will be able to list the five kinematics variables in rotational motion and use the five equations of constant acceleration to solve problems involving rotational motion. A short quiz will follow.

Torque: Concept, Equation & Example

4. Torque: Concept, Equation & Example

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what torque is conceptually and mathematically and use both the equation and Newton's First Law for rotation to solve problems involving torque. A short quiz will follow.

Rotational Inertia & Change of Speed

5. Rotational Inertia & Change of Speed

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what rotational inertia is, describe how it makes it harder to change the speed of rotation, and solve rotational inertia problems. A short quiz will follow.

Kinetic Energy of Rotation

6. Kinetic Energy of Rotation

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what kinetic energy of rotation is, provide the equation to calculate it, and solve simple kinetic energy of rotation problems. A short quiz will follow.

Rolling Motion & the Moment of Inertia

7. Rolling Motion & the Moment of Inertia

After watching this lesson, you should be able to figure out the moment of inertia of an object as it rolls down a ramp and compare it to a theoretical value. A short quiz will follow.

Work & Power in Rotational Motion

8. Work & Power in Rotational Motion

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain what work and power are in the context of rotational motion and use equations to solve problems involving rotational work and power. A short quiz will follow.

Angular Momentum vs. Linear Momentum

9. Angular Momentum vs. Linear Momentum

After watching this lesson, you will be able to explain the difference between angular and linear momentum and solve problems using angular momentum equations. A short quiz will follow.

Conservation of Angular Momentum

10. Conservation of Angular Momentum

After watching this video you will be able to explain what is meant by conservation of angular momentum. You will also be able to use this concept along with the equation to solve problems. A short quiz will follow.

Equilibrium: Translational & Rotational

11. Equilibrium: Translational & Rotational

Learn about the requirements for an object to be under translational or rotational equilibrium. Then work through a couple example problems that show how we can use translational and rotational equilibrium to find the forces acting on an object.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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