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Properties of plane ShapesThe middle point of a geometric figure.
The coordinates of a point in a figure, which are at the average distance from
the coordinates of all points on the surface of the figure.
If the figure is 2dimensional, the applicable term is, centre of area,
if 3dimensional the terms are, centre of volume, or centre of mass.
If figure is considered to be a particle then all of
the mass or area is assumed to act at this point.
When assessing the strength of beams to bending the "Area Moment Of Inertia"
of a beams cross section indicates the beams ability to resist bending.
The larger the Second Moment of Area the less the beam will bend.
The Second Moment of Area is a geometrical property of a beam and depends on
a reference axis ( which is in the plane of the area). The smallest Second Moment of Area about any axis passes
through the centroid. If the area is composed of an infinite number
of small areas da the Second Moment of Area around an axis is the sum of
all these areas x (the distance of the area da from the axis) ^{2}...This is a distance from a line
The polar moment of inertia relates to an axis which is perpendicular to the plane
of an area.
If all of the area is assumed to comprise of infinitely small areas da then the polar moment
of inertia is the sum of all of these areas x .r^{2}
r = the radius of da from the perpendicular axis  for a plane area the perpendicular axis is a point
The polar moment of inertia is the sum of any two moments of inertia about axes at right angles to each other e.g.
J = I_{xx} + I_{yy}
When considering solids the Polar Moment of inertia is a measure of the resistance of a mass to angular acceleration.I_{w} = I + A.k^{2}
C_{x} , C_{y} = Centroid Coordinates.
I _{xx}, I _{yy} are the Moments of Area for axes through the centroid C in the direction x,y
Area = A  C_{x} C_{y}  I _{xx}  I _{yy}  
b.h  b /2 h /2  A.h ^{2} / 12  A.b ^{2} / 12  
a.b.sinθ  ( b + a.cosθ ) / 2 a.sinθ / 2  A.(a sin θ ) ^{2} / 12  A.(b ^{2} + a ^{2} cos ^{2} θ ) / 12  
b.h/2  (a +b)/3 h/3  A.h ^{2}/18  A. (b ^{2}  a.b + a. ^{2} ) / 18  
h.(a + b)/2    
6.a^{2} .tan(30^{o}) = 3,464 a^{2} 
a /cos(30^{o)} = 1.155 a a 

π.a^{2}  a a  A.a ^{2} /4  A.a ^{2} /4  
π.(a_{o}^{2}  a_{i}^{2} )  a _{o} a _{o} 
π.(a_{o}^{4}  a_{i}^{4} )/4  π.(a_{o}^{4}  a_{i}^{4} )/4  
π.a^{2} /2  a 4.a /3.π  A.a ^{2} (9π ^{2}  64 ) / 36.π ^{2} = 0,1098a ^{ 4}  A.a ^{2} /8  
a ^{2}.θ  2.a.sin θ / 3.θ 0  
b.h  Sqrt(b^{2} + h^{2} ) /2 0/  A.b ^{2}.h ^{2} / 6.( h ^{2} + b ^{2} )  A.(h ^{4}+ b ^{4} ) / 12.( h ^{2}+ b ^{2})  
π.a.b  a b  A.b^{2} / 4  A.a ^{2} /4  
π.a.b /2  a 4b / 3π  A.b ^{2} (9.π ^{2}  64 ) / 36 π ^{2}  A.a ^{2} /4 
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Last Updated 01/05/2010