a) Students should be able to use the vector product and the right-hand rule, so they can:
  • (1) Calculate the torque of a specified force about an arbitrary origin.
  • (2) Calculate the angular momentum vector for a moving particle.
  • (3) Calculate the angular momentum vector for a rotating rigid object in simple cases where this vector lies parallel to the angular velocity vector.
b) Students should understand angular momentum conservation, so they can:
  • (1) Recognize the conditions under which the law of conservation is applicable and relate this law to one- and two-particle systems such as satellite orbits.
  • (2) State the relation between net external torque and angular momentum, and identify situations in which angular momentum is conserved.
  • (3) Analyze problems in which the moment of inertia of an object is changed as it rotates freely about a fixed axis.
  • (4) Analyze a collision between a moving particle and a rigid object that can rotate about a fixed axis or about its center of mass.