Instructional Materials in Physics and Astronomy



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From Study Modules for Calculus-Based General Physics
Copyright © 1975 CBP Workshop, University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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A diver, in making several turns in the air, grabs his knees to achieve a high rate of rotation, and a skater does much the same thing when she goes into a spin with arms and legs extended but brings them in close to her body for the extremely rapid part of this motion. This module considers the physics describing these motions, and those of other rotational systems -- starting or stopping a record turntable (or a washing-machine tub), unwinding of winch cord as a bucket is dropped into a well, etc.

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