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## Homework Statement

A uniform rod of mass M and length L is free to rotate about a horizontal axis perpendicular to the rod and through one end. A) Find the period of oscillation for small angular displacements. B) Find the period if the axis is a distance x from the center of mass

## Homework Equations

I = summation(Mx^2)

T restoring = k*theta = mgtheta*x

period = 2pi*root(I/k)

## The Attempt at a Solution

The first part is no problem. I = 1/3ML^2 and the restoring constant is LMg/2. T = 2pi*root(2L/3G)

For the second part, I know that mgtheta acts at the distance x, but how do I derive moment of inertia for an axis x distance from the com? I know it changes with the axis and it has to fall inbetween 1/3ML^2 and 1/12ML^2. But I am not familliar with the integration that goes into deriving I.

Should I leave it as 2pi*root(newI/xMg) ?