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An irregularly shaped plastic plate with uniform thickness and density (mass per unit volume) is to be rotated around an axle that is perpendicular to the plate face and through point O. The rotational inertia of the plate about that axle is measured with the following method. A circular disk of mass 0.500 kg and radius 2.00 cm is glued to the plate, with its center aligned with point O. A string is wrapped around the edge of the disk the way a string is wrapped around a top. Then the string is pulled for 5.00 s. As a result, the disk and plate are rotated by a constant force of 0.400 N that is applied by the string tangentially to the edge of the disk. The resulting angular speed is 114 rad/s. What is the rotational inertia of the plate about the axle?
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Since this is an irregularly shaped object which equation for inertia would I use? I = 1/2*M*R^2???
Would I start out with T = r*F*sin theta, with theta = 90 so sin theta = 1.
T = r*F, so T = (0.02)(0.400) = 0.008. Then what do I do?

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