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# Is moment of inertia the same as rotational inertia?

For a point mass the moment of inertia is just the mass times the square of perpendicular distance to the rotation axis, I = mr2. That point mass relationship becomes the basis for all other moments of inertia since any object can be built up from a collection of point masses.

Correspondingly, what is the formula for rotational inertia?

Rotational inertia is a property of any object which can be rotated. It is a scalar value which tells us how difficult it is to change the rotational velocity of the object around a given rotational axis. Rotational inertia plays a similar role in rotational mechanics to mass in linear mechanics.

What is the rotary inertia?

Rotational inertia is the tendency of a rotating object to remain rotating unless a torque is applied to it.

Why moment of inertia is called rotational inertia?

Moment of inertia is the name given to rotational inertia, the rotational analog of mass for linear motion. It appears in the relationships for the dynamics of rotational motion. The moment of inertia must be specified with respect to a chosen axis of rotation.