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# Moment Of Inertia Of A Hollow Sphere

The moment of inertia of a hollow sphere or a spherical shell is often determined by the following formula;

I = MR2

We will look at a simple problem to further understand the usage of the formula.

Let us calculate the moment of inertia of a hollow sphere having a mass of 55.0 kg and a radius of 0.120 m.

Now, to solve such problem we need to use the right formula which is;

I = (2/3)MR2

We will substitute the values,

I =(2/3) (55.0 kg)(0.120 m)2

I = (55.0 kg)(0.0144 m2)

I =(2/3) (0.792 kg.m2)

The moment of inertia of the hollow sphere isÂ 0.528 kg.m2.

## Hollow Sphere Formula Derivation

We will now understand the derivation of the moment of inertia formula for a hollow sphere.

• First, let us consider or recall the moment of inertia of a circle which is

I = mr2

If we apply differential analysis we get;

dl = r2 dm

• We have to find the dm,

dm = (M/A) dA

Here, A is the total surface area of the shell = 4Ï€R2Â (Total surface area of the shell)

dA is the area of the ring formed by differentiation and is expressed as;

dA = R dÎ¸ Ã— 2Ï€r

2Ï€r is the circumference of the ring

R dÎ¸ is the thickness of the circular ring

Note: We get R dÎ¸ from the equation of arc length which is S = R Î¸

• The next step involves relating r with Î¸.

If we look at the diagram that is given above, we will see that a right angle triangle with angle Î¸ is present.

We get,

sin Î¸ =Â  r /R

r = R sinÂ Î¸

Now dA becomes:

dA = RdÎ¸ Ã— 2Ï€RsinÎ¸

dA = 2Ï€R2sinÎ¸ dÎ¸

If we substitute the equation for dA into dm, we get:

dm = (M/A) dA

dm = (M/4Ï€R2)2Ï€R2sinÎ¸ dÎ¸

dm = (M/2)sin2Î¸ dÎ¸

We will now substitute the equation given above and for r into the equation for dI. We will get;

dI = r2(M/2)sin2Î¸ dÎ¸

= (RsinÎ¸)2(M/2)sin2Î¸ dÎ¸

= (MR2/2)sin3Î¸ dÎ¸

Now, we need to split the sin3Î¸ into two, as it depicts the case of integral of odd powered trigonometrical functions. We get;

dI =(MR2/2) sin2 Î¸ sin Î¸ dÎ¸

However, sin2 Î¸ is normally given as sin2 Î¸ = 1- cos2 Î¸. Now,

dI = (MR2/2) (1- cos2 Î¸) sin Î¸ dÎ¸

Integrating within the limits of 0 to Ï€ radians. From one end to another.

$$\begin{array}{l}I = \frac{MR^{2}}{2}\int_{0}^{\pi }(1-cos^{2}\theta )sin\theta d\theta\end{array}$$

After this, we use substitution where u = cos Î¸.

$$\begin{array}{l}I = \frac{MR^{2}}{2}\int_{1}^{-1 }(u^{2}-1 )du\end{array}$$

I =(MR2/2) {[ u3/3]1-1 – [u]1-1

I =(MR2/2) {(1/3)[ (-1)3 -13] – [-1-1]}

I = (MR2/2){[-1-1]/3 – [-2]}

I =(MR2/2) {Â [(-2/3) +2]}

I =Â (MR2/2) x (4/3)

I = (2/3) MR2