 ## Some important terms in Circular Motion

Subject: Physics

#### Overview

Circle is a polygon having an infinite number of sides. So, when a particle moves in a circular path, it changes its direction at each point ie. an infinite number of times.This note provides us an information about some important terms in circular motion
##### Some important terms in Circular Motion

Circle is a polygon having an infinite number of sides. So, when a particle moves in a circular path, it changes its direction at each point ie. an infinite number of times.

Angular displacement: It is the angle described by the radius when a particle moves from one point to another in a circular path.

Here, θ is the angular displacement.

The relation between angular displacement and linear displacement

θ =, where, s is the arc length.

$\theta = \frac Sr$ where s is the arc length.

Angular velocity: The rate of change of angular displacement is known as angular velocity. $$\omega = \frac {\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}$$

Unit of angular velocity is radian/sec.

Relation between angular velocity and linear velocity

$$\omega = \frac {\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}$$

$$\text {As} \: \theta =\frac Sr \Delta \theta = \frac {\Delta S}{\Delta r}$$

We know,

$$\omega = \frac {\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}$$

$$\text {or,}\:\omega = \frac {\Delta \theta}{\Delta t} \times \frac 1r$$

$$\text {or,}\:\omega = V \times \frac 1r$$

$$\boxed {\therefore\: V = \omega r}$$

Instantaneous angular velocity: It is the velocity at a particular instant of time.

$$\omega = \Delta t \rightarrow 0 = \frac {d \theta}{dt}$$

Angular Acceleration: The rate of change of angular velocity with respect to time.

$$\alpha = \frac {\Delta \omega}{\Delta t}$$

The unit of angular acceleration is rad/sec2.

Relation between angular acceleration and linear acceleration

We know,

$$V = \omega \times r$$

$$\text {or,} \Delta V = \Delta \omega \times r$$

$$\text {or,} \frac {\Delta V} {\Delta t} = \frac {\Delta \omega}{\Delta t} \times r$$

$$\boxed {\therefore a = \infty \times r}$$

Frequency: Number of rotation completed in one second is known as frequency. Its notation is 'f' and the unit is 'Hertz'.

$$f =\frac {\text {cycle}}{\text {frequency}}$$

Time period: Time taken to complete one rotation is known as time period. It is denoted by 'T' and its unit is second.

Relation between f and T

f rotation in 1 second

1 rotation in 1/f second

$$\therefore T = \frac 1F$$

#### Expression for Centripetal Acceleration

Consider a particle moving with constant speed v in a circular path of radius r with centre at O. At a point A on its path, its velocity $\overrightarrow A$ which is acted along tangent AC. After short interval of time $\Delta t$ body is at B where velocity of body is $\overrightarrow B$ acted along tangent BD since the direction of velocity is different from A to B. Hence there is change in velocity from A to B which has to find change in velocity from A to B.

$$\Delta V = \overrightarrow {V_B} - \overrightarrow {V_A} = \overrightarrow {V_B} - (-\overrightarrow {V_A})$$

Now the magnitude and direction of change in velocity is calculated by using triangle law of vector addition such the magnitude and direction on $\vec V_B$ is represented by PQ, -$\vec V_A$ is represented by QR side when magnitude and direction of resultant are represented by PR side of PQR as shown in figure b.

$$\text {i.e} \overrightarrow {PR} = \overrightarrow {PQ} + \overrightarrow {QR}$$

$$\Delta V = \overrightarrow {V_B} - \overrightarrow {V_A}$$

Since PR vector is acted towards the centre of circle hence change in velocity as well as acceleration acted towards the centre.

Using triangle law of vector addition,

$$R = \sqrt {P^2 +Q^2 + 2PQ\cos\theta }$$

$$\Delta V = \sqrt {V_B^2 + V_A^2 + 2V_AV_B \cos (180 - \Delta \theta)}$$

$$= \sqrt {V_B^2 + V_A^2 + 2V^2\cos \Delta \theta }$$

$$= \sqrt {2V^2 (1 - \cos\Delta\theta)}$$

$$=\sqrt {2V^2 \times 2\sin^2 \frac {\Delta \theta}{2}}$$

$$\Delta V = 2V\sin^2 \frac {\Delta \theta}{2}\dots i$$

Now centripetal acceleration

$$\frac {\Delta V}{\Delta t} = \frac {2V\sin \frac {\Delta \theta}{2}}{\Delta t}$$

$$= 2.V\frac { \frac {\sin \frac {\Delta \theta}{2}}{\frac {\Delta \theta}{2}}}{\Delta t} . \frac {\Delta \theta}{2}$$

A and B are neighbourhood points

$$\Delta t \rightarrow 0, \Delta \theta \rightarrow 0, \frac {\Delta \theta}{2} \rightarrow 0$$

$$\therefore a = \lim \limits_{\Delta t \to 0} \frac {2 V \Delta \theta}{2 \times \Delta t }$$

$$a = V\omega$$

$$= V \times\frac {V}{r}$$

$$= \frac {V^2}{r} \dots (ii)$$

forΔt→0 B is verry close to A andΔθ becomes verry small .

since v=rω,the centripetal acceleration can be written as

$$\boxed {\therefore a = \omega ^2 r}$$

##### Things to remember
• It is the angle described by the radius when a particle moves from one point to another in a circular path.
• The rate of change of angular displacement is known as angular velocity.

$$\omega = \frac {\Delta \theta}{\Delta t}$$

•  centripetal acceleration can be written as

$$\boxed {\therefore a = \omega ^2 r}$$

• Time taken to complete one rotation is known as the time period. It is denoted by 'T' and its unit is second.
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