**Moment of inertia**, also known as rotational inertia, is a measure of an object’s resistance to rotational motion. It depends on the object’s mass distribution. The moment of inertia of a point mass rotating around an axis at a distance r is given by the formula I = m × r^{2}, where m represents the mass of the object.

For objects with more complex shapes or mass distributions, different formulas are used to determine their moment of inertia. For instance, a solid cylinder’s moment of inertia is given by I = ½ (m × r^{2}). Another example is the moment of inertia for a solid sphere, which is given by I = ⅖ (m × r^{2}), where r represents the radius of the sphere. Other shapes have their own unique formulas for calculating moment of inertia.

## Practice problems

### Problem #1

An object with a mass of 4 kg is rotating around an axis at a distance of 5 meters. Calculate the moment of inertia of the object.

**Solution**

Given data:

- Mass of the object, m = 4 kg
- Distance from the axis of rotation, r = 5 m
- Moment of inertia of the object, I = ?

Applying the formula:

- I = m × r
^{2} - I = 4 × (5)
^{2} - I = 4 × 25
- I = 100 kg m
^{2}

Therefore, the moment of inertia of the object is **100 kg m**** ^{2}**.

### Problem #2

A solid cylinder with a mass of 6 kg is rotating about its central axis. The cylinder has a radius of 2 meters. Determine the moment of inertia of the cylinder.

**Solution**

Given data:

- Mass of the cylinder, m = 6 kg
- Distance from the axis of rotation, r = 2 m
- Moment of inertia of the cylinder, I = ?

Applying the formula, for moment of inertia of the solid cylinder:

- I = ½ (m × r
^{2}) - I = ½ (6 × 2
^{2}) - I = ½ (6 × 4)
- I = ½ (24)
- I = 12 kg m
^{2}

Therefore, the moment of inertia of the cylinder is **12 kg m**** ^{2}**.

### Problem #3

A solid sphere with a mass of 2 kg is rotating about its central axis. The sphere has a radius of 5 meters. Determine the moment of inertia of the sphere.

**Solution**

Given data:

- Mass of the sphere, m = 2 kg
- Distance from the axis of rotation, r = 5 m
- Moment of inertia of the sphere, I = ?

Applying the formula, for moment of inertia of the sphere:

- I = ⅖ (m × r
^{2}) - I = ⅖ (2 × 5
^{2}) - I = ⅖ (2 × 25)
- I = ⅖ (50)
- I = 2 × 10
- I = 20 kg m
^{2}

Therefore, the moment of inertia of the sphere is **20 kg m**** ^{2}**.

### Problem #4

Two balls, A and B, with masses of 2 kg and 5 kg respectively, are connected by a rod of length 5 m. The system rotates about the axis CD. The distances of balls A and B from the axis of rotation are 2 m and 3 m respectively. Calculate the moment of inertia of the system about the axis CD.

**Solution**

Given data:

- Mass of the ball A, m
_{A}= 2 kg - Mass of the ball B, m
_{B}= 5 kg - Distance of the ball 1 from the axis of rotation, r
_{A}= 2 m - Distance of the ball 2 from the axis of rotation, r
_{B}= 3 m - Moment of inertia of the system, I = ?

Applying the formula, for moment of inertia of the sphere:

- I = (m
_{A}× r_{A}^{2}) + (m_{B}× r_{B}^{2}) - I = (2 × 2
^{2}) + (5 × 3^{2}) - I = (2 × 4) + (5 × 9)
- I = 8 + 45
- I = 53 kg m
^{2}

Therefore, the moment of inertia of the system is **53 kg m ^{2}**.

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## External links

- Moment of Inertia – HyperPhysics Concepts
- Moment of inertia – Wikipedia
- 10.6: Calculating Moments of Inertia – Physics LibreTexts
- Moment of Inertia Formulas – Physics – ThoughtCo
- Moment of inertia | Definition, Equation, Unit, & Facts – Britannica
- How to Calculate the Moment of Inertia for a Rod | Physics – Study.com
- Mass Moment of Inertia Calculator – Omni Calculator
- Rotational inertia (article) – Khan Academy
- 9.3 Dynamics of Rotational Motion: Rotational Inertia – BCcampus Pressbooks
- Mass Moment of Inertia – The Engineering ToolBox
- Rotational Inertia – Physics Video – Brightstorm
- Derive formula for mass moment of inertia – Physics Stack Exchange
- 10.3 Dynamics of Rotational Motion: Rotational Inertia – Texas Gateway
- Moment of Inertia – Boston University
- Moment Of Inertia Formulas For Different Shapes – Structural Basics
- Moment of Inertia – Illinois Institute of Technology
- Why are there so many formulas for rotational inertia? – Quora
- How to Find the Inertia of an Object – Sciencing

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