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Homework Help: Physics - KE/Inertia

Posted by COFFEE on Sunday, March 25, 2007 at 10:28pm.

The rigid body shown in Figure 10-66 (it is a triangle with the upper mass = to M and the bottom two corners/masses equal to 2M. The bottom side length equals .70 cm with point P in the middle of the side and the other two sides equal .55 cm)
consists of three particles connected by massless rods. It is to be rotated about an axis perpendicular to its plane through point P. If M = 0.40 kg, a = 35 cm, and b = 55 cm, how much work is required to take the body from rest to an angular speed of 5.0 rad/s?
*My work so far*
I believe I need to use:
W = (1/2)(I)(ang speed)^2
I am not sure how to find I though. Would I use I = I1 + I2 + I3 and calculate I for each of the 3 masses?

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