# Moment Inertia of a cube

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 P: 100 To which of the two cubes has a larger moment of inertia? I think it's the right one, is it correct? How can I explain that without using the parallel axis theorem?
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 Quote by Cosmossos To which of the two cubes has a larger moment of inertia? Attachment 23012 I think it's the right one, is it correct? How can I explain that without using the parallel axis theorem?
Why do you say the right one? Are you familiar with the relevant equation for calculating the moment of inertia?
 P: 100 what relevant equation? I think it's the right one because We know that the minimal moment of inertia is throw the principal axes that goes throw the center of mass. in the right one , the rotation isn't throw the principal axes . there is also the following theorem : The moment of inertia about an arbitrary axis is equal to the moment of inertia about a parallel axis passing through the center of mass plus the moment of inertia of the body about the arbitrary axis, taken as if all of the mass M of the body were at the center of mass. Am I wrong?
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Moment Inertia of a cube

 Quote by Cosmossos what relevant equation? I think it's the right one because We know that the minimal moment of inertia is throw the principal axes that goes throw the center of mass. in the right one , the rotation isn't throw the principal axes . there is also the following theorem : The moment of inertia about an arbitrary axis is equal to the moment of inertia about a parallel axis passing through the center of mass plus the moment of inertia of the body about the arbitrary axis, taken as if all of the mass M of the body were at the center of mass. Am I wrong?
There may be a shortcut way to tell which has a higher moment of inertia, but for me, I'd need to calculate it. I'd use the standard definition of the Mmoment of inertia, and evaluate thge integral for the diagonal case. I don't think you can use the parallel axis theorm, since the two axes are not parallel.

I'd do the 2-D case first, to see if it offered some intuition. That is, the moment of inertia for a flat rectangular sheet, with the axes going straight versus diagonal.
 Emeritus Sci Advisor HW Helper Thanks PF Gold P: 11,866 I think they'll turn out to be equal. Try computing the moment of inertia tensor.

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