WorkEnergy PrincipleThe workenergy principle is a general principle which can be applied specifically to rotating objects. For pure rotation, the net work is equal to the change in rotational kinetic energy: For a constant torque, the work can be expressed as and for a net torque, Newton's 2nd law for rotation gives Combining this last expression with the workenergy principle gives a useful relationship for describing rotational motion. 
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Rolling Objects

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Kinetic Energy of Rolling ObjectIf an object is rolling without slipping, then its kinetic energy can be expressed as the sum of the translational kinetic energy of its center of mass plus the rotational kinetic energy about the center of mass. The angular velocity is of course related to the linear velocity of the center of mass, so the energy can be expressed in terms of either of them as the problem dictates, such as in the rolling of an object down an incline. Note that the moment of inertia used must be the moment of inertia about the center of mass. If it is known about some other axis, then the parallel axis theorem may be used to obtain the needed moment of inertia. 
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