## Moment of inertia - Uniform-ish rod (half ρ1, half ρ2)

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aberrant
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### Moment of inertia - Uniform-ish rod (half ρ1, half ρ2)

The problem is to find the moment of inertia of a a rod held by one end. Half the length of the rod has a density of ρ1 and the second length has a density ρ2.

I based my solution on the method from this website: http://hyperphysics.phy-astr.gsu.edu/hb ... html#irod3

Is my solution correct?

Thanks Nishikata
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### Re: Moment of inertia - Uniform-ish rod (half ρ1, half ρ2)

It's correct, if the each rod is of uniform density. In general the density could be a function of position of the element of each rod, or of any other bizarre function that makes the problem unsolvable unless we have more information about it to do the integral.

Assuming uniform density, your solution is correct, but let me propose another method:

Knowing that the moment inertia at the centre of a uniform rod is one-twelfth of the mass times the square of length of the rod, I would rather use parallel axis theorem : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parallel_axis_theorem and get the moment of inertia of each rods separately at the pivot point, and add them together to get your result. This way I do not need to calculate a single integral.

My solution is acceptable if the problem acknowledges the value of the moment of inertia of a uniform rod at its centre of mass, and therefore allows us to quote it.

aberrant
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### Re: Moment of inertia - Uniform-ish rod (half ρ1, half ρ2)

Thank you Nishikata!

I like your alternative approach, but I'm actually from an electrical background so it confused me a little bit.