# 6.1 Angle Measures Angular and Linear Velocity and Arc Length

```Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
6.1 Angle Measures
Angular and Linear Velocity
and Arc Length
a few simple/silly word problems…
Yao Ming is about 8 feet tall.
The local water tower has a height of about 5
“Yao Ming’s”.
How many feet tall is the water tower?
a few simple/silly word problems…
My friend’s “soccer mom minivan” has a length
of 14 feet (it’s HUGE).
My friend’s house has a length of 10 “soccer
mom minivans”. How long is my friend’s
house?
(yes this is silly but there’s a point to this)
so this is where it gets real (and why we use radians)
An airplane flies from North America to Europe,
and covers an angular distance of 2.0 radians.
(that’s a little less than 120 degrees)
How many miles did the plane travel?
and one more… (this one requires some dimensional analysis)
A wagon wheel rolls down a hill and, in the
process, makes 10 full revolutions (each
If the wheel has a radius of 30 inches, how many
FEET did the wheel roll down the hill?
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Length of a Circular Arc
s  r
Θ has to be in
• Find the length of an arc of a circle with radius
10 m that subtends a central angle of 30o.
• A central angle θ in a circle of radius 4 m is
subtended by an arc of length 6m. Find the
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Area of a Circular Sector
1 2
A r 
2
Θ has to be in
• Find the area of a sector of a circle with central
angle 60o if the radius of the circle is 3 m.
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Circular Motion
• Angular Speed (ω): Always a circular
measurement over time.
– degrees per second
– Revolutions per minute (RPM)
– Rotations per hour
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Circular Motion
• Linear Speed (v): Always a linear measurement
over time.
–
–
–
–
•
mph (miles per hour)
Feet per second
Inches per minute
Kilometers per hour
v  r
ω=angular velocity
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Jon and Kate are riding on a Ferris wheel. Jon doesn’t want to ride
with Kate, and gets off of the ride. He observes that it takes 50
seconds to make a complete revolution (that is, to travel one complete circle).
Their seat is 30 feet from the axle of the wheel.
a) What is their angular velocity in revolutions per minute?
b) in degrees per minute?
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Kate gets mad at Jon, and puts a rock in her sling and starts whirling
it around. She realizes that in order for the rock to hit Jon, it must
leave her sling at a speed of 100 feet per second. (is this a measure of
linear velocity or angular velocity?)
Her sling is swung in a circular path of radius of 5 feet. What must
the angular velocity be in order for Kate’s rock to reach Jon?
Note: the McNeil math department strong discourages the use of slingshots and stones in the settling of domestic disputes.
Chapter 6.1 – angular and linear velocity
Jon gets in his car to get the heck away from Kate. The
rear wheels on his 350z sports car spin at a rate of 5000
revolutions per minute. If a wheel has a radius of 9 inches,
how fast is the wheel turning in miles per hour?
(this one involves a lot of conversions. Hint: 1 mile = 5280 feet)
Please buckle up and drive safely. Getting hit by a rock hurts… but so does getting into a car accident.
```