What is the moment of inertia of a rod with a mass of #4 kg# and length of #18 m# that is spinning around its center?

1 Answer
Jan 18, 2016

Inertia is the tendency of a body to stay at rest or in constant motion, this concept can be extended to rotational.

Moment of Inertia L - is a measure of an object's resistance to changes in a rotation direction. Moment of Inertia has the same relationship to angular acceleration as mass has to linear acceleration.

For a point mass the Moment of Inertia is the mass times the square of perpendicular distance to the rotation reference axis and can be expressed as

#L = m r^2#


L = moment of inertia (kg #m^2#)

m = mass

r = distance of mass from the axis or rotation