Angular Acceleration in a Rotational Motion – Lab Report Example

The paper “Angular Acceleration in a Rotational Motion" is a forceful variant of a lab report on physics. The experiment aims at determining terminal angular Velo and angular acceleration in a rotational motion. It also aims at determining the involved moment of inertia in the experiment and compares the experimental value with the theoretically computed value. 

The experiment used a wheel, a rope, and a suspended mass. The wheel was fixed at a height and the mass suspended on the rope that was attached to the freely rotational wheel. The radius of the wheel was measured and recorded. The height between the affixed mass and the floor, representing the distance to be traveled by the mass, was then measured and recorded. The mass, 20 grams, was then released to fall over the height. Time taken by the mass over the distance was measured and the experiment repeated three times. The experiment was repeated for different masses, 50 g, 70 g, and 100 g, and the time is taken for each mass to travel over the distance noted.

The research results and subsequently derived values are shown below.
mass 20 g \ 50 g \ 70 g \ 100 g
distance 0.9 m \ 0.9 m \ 0.9 m \ 0.9 m
time is taken by the falling mass
first trial 4.135 \ 2.79 \ 2.03 \ 1.89
second trial \ 4.25 \ 2.58 \ 2.37 \ 1.8
third trial 4.085 \ 2.62 \ 2.1 \ 1.99
average time 4.15 \ 2.66 \ 2.16 \ 1.89
average velocity of 0.216 \ 0.34 \ 0.417 \ 0.479
final velocity 0.436 \ 0.68 \ 0.8358 \ 0.956
acceleration  0.105 \ 0.255 \ 0.3857 \ 0.507
angular acceleration 1.039 \ 2.522 \ 3.815 \ 4.99
tension in the tape 0.149 \ 0.478 \ 0.659 \ 0.931
the torque acting on the wheel axle 0.02 \ 0.0483 \ 0.0667 \ 0.0941
the total mass of the wheel (M)  3.799kg
circumference of the wheel 0.655 m
the radius of the wheel 0.1011m
frictional torque from graph 0
calculated inertia  0.0194
measured inertia 0.191
moment of inertia, a percentage difference 1.53 %

One of the practical applications of rotational motion and its associated inertia is the balancing of weight on bicycles. While a bicycle is stationary, it is very difficult to balance its weight and other weights that may be placed on it. The rotational force of the wheels that results in the vessels motion, however, induces inertial that makes balancing easier and prevents the bicycle from falling. The concept of rotational inertia is also applicable in explaining relatively larger forces in operating objects with circular shapes. An example is an umbrella whose opening and closing requires larger forces that even the mass of the objects. The extra force is determined by the distribution of particles in the umbrella and not mass only. Consequently, an umbrella has larger inertia, relative to its mass, because of rotational properties that are characteristics of its particles’ distribution (Goswami, p. 105).

Average and final velocities are computed from the formula,
Velocity = distance/ time.
For the 20 g mass,
Average velocity= 0.9/4.15
= 0.216 m/s (trancated)

The other velocities are similarly calculated from corresponding distances and times.
Acceleration =change in velocity/ time.
Therefore acceleration for the 20 g mass= 0.436/4.15

The other accelerations are similarly calculated.
Percentage error = {(calculated inertia- measured inertia)/calculated inertia}*100
=1.54 %