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Calculating moments of intertia

  1. Oct 24, 2009 #1
    1. Find the moment of inertia I_x of particle a with respect to the x axis (that is, if the x axis is the axis of rotation), the moment of inertia I_y of particle a with respect to the y axis, and the moment of inertia I_z of particle a with respect to the z axis (the axis that passes through the origin perpendicular to both the x and y axes).

    Particle a is located at x=3r, y=r, z=o

    2. I = Integral(x^2 + y^2)

    3. I_x = 1/3 * mr^3
    I_y = 3mr^3
    I_z = 10/3 * mr^3
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  3. Oct 24, 2009 #2


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    Surely the formula is I = m*r^2 ?
    so I_x = mr^2.
    No integration needed when you have a point charge. The particle is a distance r from the x-axis. Your r^3 answers don't even have the right units.
  4. Oct 24, 2009 #3
    Ah, ok thanks. Now I am supposed to consider a second particle, b, located at x=r and y=-4r, and calculate the total moment of inertia for the two particles of this system, with the y axis as the axis of rotation.

    Why 10mr^2 not the answer? I obtain this my summing I_ya + I_yb = 9mr^2 + mr^2
  5. Oct 24, 2009 #4
    This is is driving me crazy :cry:
  6. Oct 24, 2009 #5


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    10mr^2 looks good to me, assuming the two particles have the same mass.
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