Radius of gyration (rectangle)

  • Thread starter madmax2006
  • Start date
  • #1
I'm trying to figure out the radius of gyration of the frame about O.

Homework Statement



A rectangular frame is put together with massless rods having identical 1.8 lb weights placed at the corners as shown in the figure. The frame is pivoted about an axis passing through O, the center of mass of the system, perpendicular to the paper.
a) Find the angular acceleration of the frame about O
b) Find the radius of gyration of the frame about O


Homework Equations


Angular acceleration of the fram about O =
Icm = 1/12(M(a2 + b2))
Icm = 101.4kg ft2

I can't find an equation for b) and I can't find anything about "radius of gyration" in my book. Is there another name for it?

I found R = [tex]\sqrt{I/m}[/tex] On wiki & a few other sites..

The Attempt at a Solution



[tex]\sqrt{101.4kg ft^2 / 7.2kg}[/tex]

=

3.75ft
 
Last edited:

Answers and Replies

  • #2
kuruman
Science Advisor
Homework Helper
Insights Author
Gold Member
10,503
3,564
You have the correct expression for the radius of gyration. I know of no other name for it.

Your calculation of the moment of inertia looks suspicious, but to be 100% sure, we have to see a picture. I say "suspicious" because the rods are said to be massless so the factor of 1/12 should not be there. Just find the total moment of inertia of the four masses at the corners because that's what the problem appears to want.
 

Related Threads on Radius of gyration (rectangle)

  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
2K
  • Last Post
Replies
1
Views
4K
  • Last Post
Replies
4
Views
11K
  • Last Post
Replies
2
Views
12K
Replies
6
Views
3K
Replies
3
Views
2K
Replies
10
Views
4K
Replies
10
Views
2K
Top