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Homework Help: Mechanics problem help

  1. Jan 30, 2006 #1
    1) Consider two spherical balls one made of wood and other made of iron having the same diametre. Which one has greater moment of inertia about their centre of gravity?
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  3. Jan 30, 2006 #2
    The formula for any solid sphere is
    [tex] I=\frac{2}{5}mr^2[/tex]
  4. Jan 30, 2006 #3
    My doubt is - For a given radius, the iron sphere having a greater mass should have larger moment of inertia, isn't it?Suppose mass of iron sphere is twice the mass of wooden sphere. In that case,
    Moment of inertia of wooden ball = 2/5(MR^2)
    Moment of inertia of iron ball = 2/5(2MR^2)
    Here the symbol "^" represents power.
  5. Jan 30, 2006 #4
    You got your answer....
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