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Moment of Inertia

by: Michael Horton

This inquiry activity is intended to be an introduction to moment of inertia beyond just mathematical calculations. It provides some background in moment of inertia and allows students to discover that the distribution of mass in the object affects its moment of inertia and therefore its rotation. Soup cans are cylinders, but the thickness of the soup inside them will determine whether they act like a thin-walled hollow cylinder, a thick-walled hollow cylinder, or a solid cylinder.


Type Book ChapterPub Date 5/30/2009Stock # PB240X_20

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