Center of Mass

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Relativity

center of mass 3Center of mass or center of gravity is a specific point in a system in reference to a mass. The center of mass of a rigid object is a fixed point in relationship to the mass.

Center of Mass Calculation for Two Masses

A system at a specific time, on the same axis, having two masses.

 

\(\large{ x_{cm} = \frac {m_1 x_1 \;+\; m_2 x_2 } {m_1 \;+\; m_2} }\)         

Where:

\(\large{ x_{cm} }\) = center of mass

\(\large{ m_1 }\) = mass 1

\(\large{ m_2 }\) = mass 2

\(\large{ x_1 }\) = position 1

\(\large{ x_2 }\) = position 2

Center of Mass Multiple Masses formula

A system at a specific time, on the same axis, having multiple masses.

\(\large{ x_{cm} = \frac {m_1 x_1 \;+\; m_2 x_2 \;+\; \;\cdots } { m_1 \;+\; m_2 \;+\; \;\cdots } }\)         

Where:

\(\large{ x_{cm} }\) = center of mass

\(\large{ m_1 }\) = mass 1

\(\large{ m_2 }\) = mass 2

\(\large{ x_1 }\) = position 1

\(\large{ x_2 }\) = position 2

 

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