When I measured the angular velocity of a wheel as it spun down, I acquired these values:

time angular speed (sec) (rad/sec) ---------------------------------- 15 14.7 30 12.6 45 10.7 60 9.2 75 8.10 90 6.57 105 5.50 120 4.47 135 3.35 ----------------------------------

You can look at a graph of this information (or a smaller version if necessary).

- Estimate the average angular acceleration using the first three measurements.
- Estimate the average angular acceleration using the last three measurements.
- Did the wheel decelerate at a constant rate? Explain.
- What was the angular displacement of the wheel between 15 and 30 seconds?
- What was the angular displacement of the wheel between 120 and 135 seconds?
- Estimate the total angular displacement of the wheel from start (0 seconds) to finish (135 seconds).
- Pretend that during this experiment, the wheel had not been spinning horizontally, but was rolling down the hallway outside the classroom. Would it have reached the far end of the hallway before stopping?

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