The Parallel-Axis Theorem & the Moment of Inertia


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Which of the following is a correct definition of rotational inertia?

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1. Which of the following defines the parallel axis theorem?

2. The moment of inertia around a parallel axis will always be _____ the moment of inertia around the center of mass axis.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

On this quiz you will find information related to the parallel-axis theorem and the moment of inertia. You will also need to solve a problem that involves these concepts.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will make sure you understand:

  • Definitions of terms associated with this subject
  • Changes to the moment of inertia
  • How to determine the moment of inertia

Skills Practiced

Complete this quiz and you will practice the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as rotational inertia and the parallel axis theorem
  • Problem solving - use acquired knowledge to solve a moment of inertia practice problem
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about a parallel axis and the center of mass axis

Additional Learning

Keep striving to learn more about this subject by studying the lesson that accompanies this quiz and worksheet, titled The Parallel-Axis Theorem & the Moment of Inertia. This lesson will help you find out more about these topics:

  • The equations associated with the parallel axis theorem
  • How moments of inertia are measured
  • An example of the parallel axis theorem in use