Rotating Buckets#

A pair of buckets are connected by a massless rod. As shown in the figure, the buckets rotate about an axis through the centre of mass of the two-bucket system.

Two buckets connected by a rod rotating anti-clockwise.

Part 1#

If each bucket has a mass \(m\) and the rod has length \(l\), what is the rotational inertia of the system? Give your answer in terms of \(m\) and \(l\). Treat the buckets as point masses and recall that \(I = \sum\limits_i m_ir_i^2\).

Note that it may not be necessary to use every variable. Use the following table as a reference for each variable:







Answer Section#


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