Circular Motion Study Guide


We’ve all fantasized about riding a horse while wearing a nice cowboy hat and performing the lasso trick. The lasso trick is a superb illustration of a physical motion in and of itself. A lasso trick is, in fact, a famous illustration of circulatory motion. The continual circular motion of the hand keeps the rope moving and keeps it from dropping to the floor. Let’s take a closer look at circular motion.


What is Circular Motion?

  • Circular motion’s definition says that this is the motion of an object along a circular route while spinning.
  • Also, unlike linear motion, the direction of motion changes continuously in the case of the circular motion of a body.
  • As a result, angular variables can be used to characterize circular motion.
  • The angular variable in a circular motion is as:


Angular Variables

Angular Displacement

  • It’s the angle at which a rotating object turns in one unit of time.
  • Theta (𝜃) is the symbol for it, and it is expressed in radians.

Angular Velocity

  • It’s the rate at which a particle’s angular displacement changes in a circular motion.
  • The unit of angular velocity is rad/s.
  • A particle in circular motion has linear velocity and matching linear speed in addition to angular velocity and angular speed.

Angular Acceleration

  • It is defined as the rate at which the rotating particle’s angular velocity changes.
  • It is expressed in rad/s2.

The common circular motion formulas are

ω = lim∆t→0 (∆θ/∆t) = dθ/dt ,

α = dω/dt = d2θ/dt2,

ar = V2/R

Where ω is the angular velocity,

t is the time, θ is angular displacement,

α is the angular acceleration,

ar is the angular acceleration,

V is the velocity and

R is the radius of the motion.

Types of Circular Motion

Circular motion can be of two types: uniform or non-uniform circular motion.

  • The angular rate of rotation and speed are constant in uniform circular motion, whereas the rate of rotation changes in non-uniform motion.
  • The velocity vector changes direction at every point on the curve during circular motion. As a result, the radial component of acceleration is never zero.
  • In the event of non-uniform circular motion, the tangential component might be positive or negative, and in the case of a uniform circular motion, it can be zero.

Movement of a giant wheel, satellites orbiting around earth and the motion of a merry-go-round are some of the circular motion examples.


  • The motion of an object along a circular route while spinning is called circular Motion.
  • Angular variables like angular displacement, angular velocity and angular acceleration can be used to characterize circular motion.
  • Circular motion can be of two types: uniform or non-uniform circular motion.


Q. What is circular motion?

Circular motion is the motion of an object along a circular route while spinning.

Q. Is uniform circular motion accelerated motion?

Yes, uniform circular motion is an accelerated motion.

Q. Give two examples of circular motion.

Twirling a lasso and satellites orbiting around earth are two examples of circular motion.

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