# Need help on these 2 physics problems

1. Sep 29, 2009

### Ion1776

1. Four small balls of identical mass 2.36 kg are arranged in a rigid structure as a regular tetrahedron. (A regular tetrahedron has four faces, each of which is an equilateral triangle.) Each edge of the tetrahedron has length 3.20 m. What is the moment of inertia of the system, for an axis of rotation passing perpendicularly through the center of one of the faces of the tetrahedron?

So we need to find moment of inertia for spheres

(7/5)(2.36)(3.20)=10.57 (This isnt correct so i dont know what to do

2. Two thin, square slabs of metal, each with side length of 0.34 m and mass 0.29 kg, are welded together in a T shape and rotated on an axis through their line of intersection. What is the moment of inertia of the T?

So we need to find moment of inertia for slabs

(1/12)(0.29)(0.34)=.00279 (this is not correct)

Can someone correct me on these two problems

2. Sep 29, 2009

### Redbelly98

Staff Emeritus
1. What is the equation for moment of inertia of a collection of pointlike masses?

2. What is the equation for moment of inertia of a rectangle?