College Physics (4th Edition)

Published by McGraw-Hill Education
ISBN 10: 0073512141
ISBN 13: 978-0-07351-214-3

Chapter 8 - Problems - Page 312: 23


The center of gravity is at the point $~x = 5.83~m$

Work Step by Step

In general the center of gravity is: $x_{cog} = \frac{\sum (w_i~x_i)}{\sum w_i}$, where $w_i$ is the weight of each object, and $x_i$ is the position of each object. We can find the center of gravity: $x_{cog} = \frac{(5.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)(0)+(15.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)(5.0~m)+(10.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)(10.0~m)}{(5.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)+(15.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)+(10.0~kg)(9.80~m/s^2)}$ $x_{cog} = 5.83~m$ The center of gravity is at the point $~x = 5.83~m$.
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