# 8.1: Background Material

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## Measuring Moment of Inertia Dynamically

Half of this lab consists of using dynamics to determine the moment of inertia of a thick circular ring. The first thing that should come to mind when thinking of "dynamics" and "inertia" is Newton's second law. In this case, it is the version of the second law that applies to rotations:

\[\overrightarrow \alpha = \dfrac{\tau_{net}}{I}\]

Clearly if we can measure the torque and angular acceleration, we immediately have the value of the moment of inertia. But these are not the easiest values to measure directly, so we have an experimental setup that simplifies the task somewhat: