Rotational Inertia: Physics Lab


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What is rotational inertia?

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1. What determines the rotational inertia of an object?

2. In an experiment where a mass falls under gravity, turning a flywheel it is connected to, what kind of energy exists in the system at the start?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

When discussing the movement of objects, having an understanding of rotational inertia would be helpful, so assess what you know about a lab designed to calculate it with this quiz/worksheet combo. The quiz asks for definitions and correct identification of experiment results.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use the quiz to test yourself on:

  • Lab supplies to calculate rotational inertia
  • Energy present before and after an object falls due to gravity
  • Rotational inertia

Skills Practiced

Improve your ability to use these key skills by completing the worksheet and quiz:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information about a physics lab on rotational inertia from the related lesson
  • Making connections - use your understanding of rotational inertia to determine the energy present after a mass falls under gravity during an experiment using a flywheel
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to identify the item(s) that indicate the rotational inertia of an object
  • Defining a key concept - verify that you can accurately describe a main phrase, rotational inertia

Additional Learning

Find out more about this lab experiment in the accompanying video lesson called Rotational Inertia: Physics Lab. You will cover these objectives during the lesson:

  • Identify another name for rotational inertia
  • Learn the steps of a physics lab designed to calculate a value for rotational inertia
  • Understand the math equation to solve for rotational inertia