Moment inertia - theoretical problem

1. Sep 4, 2013

silenzer

Moment inertia -- theoretical problem

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Show that the moment inertia of a hollow cylinder with inner radius a and outer radius b is (1/2)*M*(a^2+b^2), calculated for the center axis.

2. Relevant equations

I know that the moment inertia of a non-hollow cylinder is I = (1/2) MR^2, but I don't know the moment inertia of a hollow one.

I = MR^2, generally.

Krotation = (1/2)Iw^2

3. The attempt at a solution

I'm not entirely certain on where to start. Should I split the cylinder into two parts and work from there?

2. Sep 4, 2013

Staff: Mentor

Yes. Consider overlapping cylinders. Subtract!

Be careful with the mass.

3. Sep 4, 2013

silenzer

I'm sorry but I'm still having problems... I googled the problem and all of the solutions use definite integration. Can I solve this problem without using that?

4. Sep 4, 2013

Staff: Mentor

All you need to know is the formula for the moment of inertia of a solid cylinder--which you already know.

Hint: For a composite body with parts a and b, Itotal = Ia + Ib.

5. Sep 4, 2013

silenzer

Sorry for the late reply. I did it!! :D Thanks a lot.

6. Sep 5, 2013

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