Skip to main content

Intro to Angular Velocity

Profile picture for user PocketLab
Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:24


We have previously learned that velocity is an object’s rate of change in displacement. Velocity is often measured as meters/second. Angular velocity however, measures the rate of change in the displacement of an object as it moves around a central point.

For example, the blade of a fan has angular velocity as it turns in a circle around the center of the fan. When an object moves in a circle around a central point the angular velocity is often measured as degrees/second. We can measure an object’s angular velocity in three dimensions along the object’s x-axis, y-axis, and z-axis.


In this experiment, students will: 1. Learn how to use PocketLab to measure angular velocity along all three axes. 2. Collect and analyze angular velocity data for a person moving in three dimensions and determine how different movements affect a person’s angular velocity. 3. Understand what angular velocity is and how it changes as objects move in three dimensions.

Download PDF for complete lab activity

Intro to Angular Velocity diagram
Grade Level