# Thread: Linear and Angular Speed

1. ## Linear and Angular Speed

What is the basic difference between linear and angular speed?

2. Linear speed describes the speed of an object as it moves in a linear path. It is defined as the rate of change of displacement per change of time.

On the other hand, angular speed is defined as the rate at which an object rotates about some axis.

The two are related by $v = r\omega$

3. ## ok...

Originally Posted by Chop Suey
Linear speed describes the speed of an object as it moves in a linear path. It is defined as the rate of change of displacement per change of time.

On the other hand, angular speed is defined as the rate at which an object rotates about some axis.

The two are related by $v = r\omega$
A rollercoaster is related to which of the two types of speeds? A wonderwheel would be related to angular speed, right?