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What plays the role of momentum in rotational motion? |
The angular momentum of a rotating object is proportional to the product of its moment of inertia and its angular velocity. If there are no external torques on the object, then its angular momentum does not change.
An object with linear momentum that has no external forces on it cannot change its mass, so its velocity is constant. But a rotating object can change its moment of inertia, so, even without external torques, its rotational speed can be changed.