State and prove the perpendicular axes theorem - QS Study
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The theorem states that “the moment of inertia of a plane lamina about an axis perpendicular to its plane is equal to the sum of the moments of inertia of the lamina about any two mutually perpendicular axes in its plane and intersecting each other at the point where the perpendicular axis passes though it.”

Prependicular axes theorem

Explanation: Let OZ be the axis perpendicular to the plane lamina and passing through point O. Let OX and OY be two mutually perpendicular axes in the plane of the lamina and intersecting at point O. If Ix, ly and lz are the moments of inertia of the plane lamina about the axes OX, OY and OZ respectively, then according to the theorem of perpendicular axes, Iz = Ix + ly

Proof: Let, the lamina consists of n number of particles of masses m1, m2, m3, . mn.

and their positions are at the distances r1, r2, ……rn respectively from the origin O.
For simplicity, let a particle of mass m1, is at point P (x1, y1) and its position is denoted by r1.

So, r12  =  x12 +y12

The moment of inertia of the particle of mass m, about OZ axis is,

I1 = m1r12 = m1 (x12 + y12)

Similarly the of inertia of the particle of mass m2 about OZ axes is, I2 = m2 (x22 + y22) Therefore, the moment of inertia of the whole lamina about OZ axis is,

Iz = I1 + I2 + ……..       + In

= m1 (x12 + y12) + m2 (x22 + y22) + …….. + mn (xn2 + yn2)

= (m1x12 +m2x22 +…..+ mnxn2) + (m1y12 +m2y22  +…..+ mnyn2)

So, Iz = Ix + ly [Proved]