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Relationship Between Linear and Rotational Quantitues
The description of motion could be sometimes easier with angular quantities such as angular velocity, rotational inertia, torque, etc.
Learning Objective

Determine uniform circular motion from linear equations
Key Points
 As we use mass, linear momentum, translational kinetic energy, and Newton's 2nd law to describe linear motion, we can describe a general rotational motion using corresponding scalar/vector/tensor quantities.
 Angular and linear velocity have the following relationship:
$\bf{v = \omega \times r}$ .  As we use the equation of motion
$F = ma$ to describe a linear motion, we can use its counterpart$\bf{\tau} = \frac{d\bf{L}}{dt} = \bf{r} \times \bf{F}$ , to describe angular motion. The descriptions are equivalent, and the choice can be made purely for the convenience of use.
Terms

rotational inertia
The tendency of a rotating object to remain rotating unless a torque is applied to it.

uniform circular motion
Movement around a circular path with constant speed.

torque
A rotational or twisting effect of a force; (SI unit newtonmeter or Nm; imperial unit footpound or ftlb)
Full Text
Defining Circular Motion
The description of circular motion is described better in terms of angular quantity than its linear counter part. The reasons are easy to understand. For example, consider the case of uniform circular motion. Here, the velocity of particle is changing  though the motion is "uniform". The two concepts do not go together. The general connotation of the term "uniform" indicates "constant", but the velocity is actually changing all the time.
When we describe the uniform circular motion in terms of angular velocity, there is no contradiction. The velocity (i.e. angular velocity) is indeed constant. This is the first advantage of describing uniform circular motion in terms of angular velocity.
Second advantage is that angular velocity conveys the physical sense of the rotation of the particle as against linear velocity, which indicates translational motion. Alternatively, angular description emphasizes the distinction between two types of motion (translational and rotational).
Relationship Between Linear and Angular Speed
For simplicity, let's consider a uniform circular motion. For the length of the arc subtending angle " at the origin and "r" is the radius of the circle containing the position of the particle, we have
Differentiating with respect to time, we have
Because
Rotational Kinematic Equations
With the relationship of the linear and angular speed/acceleration, we can derive the following four rotational kinematic equations for constant
Mass, Momentum, Energy, and Newton's Second Law
As we use mass, linear momentum, translational kinetic energy, and Newton's 2nd law to describe linear motion, we can describe a general rotational motion using corresponding scalar/vector/tensor quantities:
 Mass/Rotational inertia:
 Linenar/angular momentum:
 Force/Torque:
 Kinetic energy:
For example, just as we use the equation of motion
Key Term Reference
 Law
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 Length
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 Newton's Second Law
 Appears in these related concepts: Momentum, Force, and Newton's Second Law, Relativistic Momentum, and Matter Exists in Space and Time
 acceleration
 Appears in these related concepts: Centripetial Acceleration, Position, Displacement, Velocity, and Acceleration as Vectors, and The Second Law: Force and Acceleration
 angular
 Appears in these related concepts: Wavelength, Freqency in Relation to Speed, Driven Oscillations and Resonance, and The Physical Pendulum
 angular acceleration
 Appears in these related concepts: Torque, Relationship Between Torque and Angular Acceleration, and Angular Acceleration, Alpha
 angular motion
 angular velocity
 Appears in these related concepts: Centripetal Force, Angular Velocity, Omega, and Kepler's Second Law
 circular motion
 Appears in these related concepts: Water Waves, Sinusoidal Nature of Simple Harmonic Motion, and XRay Diffraction
 energy
 Appears in these related concepts: Energy Transportation, Surface Tension, and Introduction to Work and Energy
 equation
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 inertia
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 kinematic
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 kinematics
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 kinetic
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 kinetic energy
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 mass
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 momentum
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 motion
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 origin
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 position
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 rotation
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 velocity
 Appears in these related concepts: Rolling Without Slipping, RootMeanSquare Speed, and Force
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Source: Boundless. “Relationship Between Linear and Rotational Quantitues.” Boundless Physics. Boundless, 01 Jul. 2015. Retrieved 02 Jul. 2015 from https://www.boundless.com/physics/textbooks/boundlessphysicstextbook/rotationalkinematicsangularmomentumandenergy9/linearandrotationalquantities89/relationshipbetweenlinearandrotationalquantitues3337735/