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Find the moment of inertia about the x axis

  1. Dec 10, 2006 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Rigid rods of negligible mass lying along the y axis connect three particles (Fig. P10.20). The system rotates about the x axis with an angular speed of 2.90 rad/s.

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    Figure P10.20

    (a) Find the moment of inertia about the x axis.
    ______kgm2
    Find the total rotational kinetic energy evaluated from 1/2 I2.
    ______J
    (b) Find the tangential speed of each particle.
    ______m/s (4.00 kg particle)
    ______m/s (2.00 kg particle)
    ______m/s (3.00 kg particle)
    Find the total kinetic energy evaluated from mi vi2/2.
    ______J

    2. Relevant equations

    I = sum of (r^2*m)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    My teacher told us to use I = sum of (r^2 * m) i am not sure how this works if some of the r's (distances from the axis of rotation) are negative. i tried subtracting the negative ones, or just plugging them in and squaring them, thus making them positive, to no avail. Any help would be greatly appreciated! the most difficult part of this for me is the moment of inertia.
     
    Last edited: Dec 10, 2006
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  3. Dec 10, 2006 #2

    Hootenanny

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    What are you struggling with?
     
  4. Dec 10, 2006 #3
    finding the moment of inertia of the structure, after that i think i should be able to handle it
     
  5. Dec 10, 2006 #4

    Hootenanny

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    So you've done something like this;

    [tex]I = 4(3)^2 + 2(-2)^2 + 3(-4)^2[/tex]

    Is that correct?
     
  6. Dec 10, 2006 #5

    yup, i did exactly that...didn't get it right...
     
  7. Dec 10, 2006 #6
    oh wow, never mind, i made some type of calculation mistake. for some reason i got 140 when it shoudl have been 92. my last question is about the last part, it says to find the total kinetic energy evaluated from (sum of)mi vi^2/2.
     
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