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Chapter 13. Angular Motion

Overview

In previous chapters, you have looked at the linear motion of objects, but this is not the only way that something can move. In contrast, while a spinning top has no linear momentum, it is certainly moving. In this chapter, you will look at angular motion, or the physics of spin. You’ll also see how it can be incorporated into the pool game discussed in Chapter 11.

The Physics of a Lever

Discussions of angular physics often begin with the lever. One of the simplest machines devised by humanity, the lever involves using a rod placed over a fulcrum or pivot. By adjusting the position of the fulcrum, you can lift heavy ...

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