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Question: A uniform, thin, solid door has height 2.20 m, width 0.870 m, and mass 23.0 kg. (a) Find its moment of inertia for rotation on its hinges. (b) Is any piece of data unnecessary?

(a)The moment of inertia for rotation on its hinges is I=5.8kg·m2

(b)The piece of unnecessary data is height.

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Step: 1 Definition of moment of inertia

Moment of inertia about a given axis of rotation resists a change in its rotational motion; it can be regarded as a measure of rotational inertia of the body.


Step 2: Finding the moment of inertia for rotation on hinges



L (width of the floor)=0.87m

H (height of door) =2.2m


The door can be modeled as long, thin rod with rotation axis through end, I=13ML2.

Substituting the numerical values, we get


So, the answer is 5.8kg·m2.

Step 3: Finding unnecessary piece of data


The height of the door is the unnecessary piece of data.

So, the answer is height of the door.

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