Rotating Book

Submitted by PocketLab on Fri, 06/02/2017 - 18:59

Exploration

The moment of inertia (MOI) is the rotational inertia of an object as it rotates about a specific axis. Moment of inertia determines the torque required for a specific angular rotation about an axis. The moment of inertia depends upon the distribution of mass of the rotating object in relation to the axis the object is rotating about. Explore whether the stability of a book’s rotation is dependent upon the moment of inertia and therefore whether it changes based on the axis the book is rotating about.

Objective

In this experiment, students will:
1. Explore whether the stability of a book’s rotation is dependent upon its moment of inertia
2. Determine whether the stability changes based on the axis the book is rotating about.

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Rotating book diagram
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