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Moment of inertia - disk - finding dm

  1. Nov 18, 2008 #1
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    hey, I am trying to figure out the moment of inertia with respect to various axis. I am, having trouble figuring out how to find out dm.
    I know that dm = (rho)*t*dA, but i am having trouble figuring out the t*dA part. i tried using

    t*dA = (pi)(r^2)/2
    That didn't work. If some1 could help me figure this out i'd be much grateful.

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  3. Nov 19, 2008 #2

    tiny-tim

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    Hi O011235813! :smile:
    hmm … no replies in almost 24 hours …

    so I'm guessing everyone's as confused as I am :confused:

    dm is an element of mass, and rho is density, but what are t and dA supposed to be, what shape volume are you considering (the diagram doesn't make it clear), about which axis, and how are you trying to "slice up" this volume for integration?
     
  4. Nov 19, 2008 #3
    hey,

    yeah sorry for the confusing. I figured it out so i'm good now. Thanks for replying back though :D
     
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