__Question 7.26__:(a) Prove the theorem of perpendicular axes.

(Hint: Square of the distance of a point (

*x, y*) in the

*x–y*plane from an axis through the origin perpendicular to the plane is

*x*

^{2 }

*+ y*

^{2}).

(b) Prove the theorem of parallel axes.

(Hint: If the centre of mass is chosen to be the origin ∑ m

_{i}r

_{i}= 0)

__Solution__:**(a)**The theorem of perpendicular axes states that the moment of inertia of a planar body (lamina) about an axis perpendicular to its plane is equal to the sum of its moments of inertia about two perpendicular axes concurrent with perpendicular axis and lying in the plane of the body.

A physical body with centre O and a point mass

*m*,in the

*x*–

*y*plane at (

*x*,

*y*) is shown in the following figure.

*x*-axis,

*I*

_{x}=

*mx*

^{2}

Moment of inertia about

*y*-axis,

*I*

_{y}=

*my*

^{2}

Moment of inertia about

*z*-axis,

*I*

_{z}= m(x

^{2}+ y

^{2})

^{1/2}

*I*

_{x}+

*I*

_{y}=

*mx*

^{2}+

*my*

^{2}

=

*m*(

*x*

^{2}+

*y*

^{2})

= m [(

*x*

^{2}+

*y*

^{2})

^{1/2}]

^{1/2}

I

_{x}+ I

_{y}= I

_{z}

Hence, the theorem is proved.

**(b)**The theorem of parallel axes states that the moment of inertia of a body about any axis is equal to the sum of the moment of inertia of the body about a parallel axis passing through its centre of mass and the product of its mass and the square of the distance between the two parallel axes.

*n*particles, having masses

*m*

_{1},

*m*

_{2},

*m*

_{3}, … ,

*m*

_{n}, at perpendicular distances

*r*

_{1},

*r*

_{2},

*r*

_{3}, … ,

*r*

_{n}respectively from the centre of mass O of the rigid body.

The moment of inertia about axis RS passing through the point O:

*m*

_{i}, from the axis QP =

*a*+

*r*

_{i}

Hence, the moment of inertia about axis QP:

_{QP}= I

_{RS}+ Ma

^{2}

Hence, the theorem is proved.

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