Massachusetts Institute of Technology Online Course - Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

Learn about rotational dynamics, rigid bodies and moment of inertia in this calculus-based physics course.

About this course

This course is the third of a series of modules that cover calculus-based mechanics. You will explore rotational motion and learn about the concepts of torque and angular momentum. You will learn about the conservation of angular momentum, and use it with other conservation laws to solve complex problems in rotational dynamics.

The complete series of modules is based on the MIT subject 8.01: Physics I, required of all MIT undergraduates.  The modules are:

  • Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics
  • Mechanics: Momentum and Energy
  • Mechanics: Rotational Dynamics

To understand the material in this course you should have taken Mechanics: Kinematics and Dynamics and Mechanics: Momentum and Energy.

What you'll learn

  • Rigid Bodies and Moment of Inertia
  • Torque
  • Angular Momentum
  • Translation and Rotation

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