# Welcome to PHY 1151: Principles of Physics I ```Chapter 11
Rotational Dynamics and Static
Equilibrium (cont.)
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Torque and angular
acceleration
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Newton’s second law for rotational motion:
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 = net = I ,  is the total (net) torque acting,
I is the moment of inertia, and  is the angular
acceleration caused by the torque.
Analogies between rotational and linear
quantities:
Linear Quantity
m
a
F
Angular Quantity
I


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Example
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A light rope wrapped around a diskshaped pulley is pulled tangentially with
a force of 0.53 N. Find the angular
acceleration of the pulley, given that its
mass is 1.3 kg and its radius is 0.11 m.
(Hint: The moment of inertia of a disk
rotating about the center axis is I =
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Static equilibrium
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Conditions for static
equilibrium:
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(1) The net force acting on the
object must be zero: Fx = 0,
Fy = 0, and
(2) The net torque acting on the
object must be zero,  = 0.
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Example
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A cat walking along a uniform plank that is 4.00 m long and
has a mass of 7.00 kg. The plank is supported by two
sawhorses, one 0.440 m from the left end of the board and
the other 1.50 m from its right end. When the cat reaches
the right end, the plank just begins to tip. What is the mass
of the cat?
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Homework
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See online homework assignment on
www.masteringphysics.com
Hand-written homework:
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Ch. 11, p. 367, Problem #26.
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