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angular velocity

Context

Differential geometry

differential geometry

synthetic differential geometry

Axiomatics

Models

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Theorems

Applications

Physics

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Contents

Idea

The analog of velocity? for rotational movement.

For rotation in a plane inside a Cartesian space n\mathbb{R}^n the angular velocity is a bivector in 2 n\wedge^2 \mathbb{R}^n of the form

ω˙e 1e 2, \dot \omega \,\, e_1 \wedge e_2 \,,

where e 1e_1 and e 2e_2 are unit vector spanning the plane of rotation, and where ω˙\dot \omega is the magnitude of the angular velocity.

Of n=3n = 3 (and only then) can we identify bivectors with plain vectors (by the dual operation induced by the Hodge star operator). Often in the literature only this “angular velocity vector” in 3 dimensions is considered.

References

Standard discussion of angular velocity in d3d \leq 3 is for instance in

The more general discussion in terms of bivectors is found for instance in Geometric Algebra-style documents, such as

  • Chris Doran, Anthony Lasenby, Geometric Algebra for Physicists Cambridge University Press

    Physical applications of geometric algebra (pdf)

Revised on August 29, 2011 21:23:30 by Urs Schreiber (131.211.238.66)