Inertia
posted by Mary .
A thin, uniform rod is bent into a square of side length a.
If the total mass is M , find the moment of inertia about an axis through the center and perpendicular to the plane of the square. Use the parallelaxis theorem.
Express your answer in terms of the variables M and a.
PLEASE HELP WITH A THOROUGH EXPLANATION PLEASE!!!
Thanks for the brief explanation before,I got this as the answer but am unsure, so can someone please review it. Thanks, it would be appreciated.
I=1/12 M (2a^2)

The moment of Inertia about the center of a thin rod of length L is ..
I=1/12 M L^2
Here the length is a/4, mass is M/4
I=1/12 (M/4)(a^2/16)
or you can calculate that.
Now, the Parallel axis theorm, the displacement is 1/2 a side, or a/8
The new I is
I=Icm + Mass*d^2
= above I for one rod + M/4*a^2/64
so you add them.
Then, you have four sides, so multiply it by 4
I=4(1/12 (M/4)(a^2/16))+4(Ma^2/4*64)
=1/12 * M a^2/16+ M a^2/64
= Ma^2 * 1/64 ( 4/3) which is nowhere near what you have. So check it.
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Check my work, I did it quickly typing. THere may well be an error. 
okay no i was lost but thank you i will go check it out.