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Centre of Mass. Created by J Harris Jharris.school@gmail.com. Centre of Mass. Find the mass of a random 2D shape:. Cut of a random 2D shape out of paper / card Put a pin through your card into the wall, at an edge of your card. Hang a plumb bob from the pin.

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centre of mass

Centre of Mass

Created by J Harris

Jharris.school@gmail.com

find the mass of a random 2d shape
Find the mass of a random 2D shape:
  • Cut of a random 2D shape out of paper / card
  • Put a pin through your card into the wall, at an edge of your card.
  • Hang a plumb bob from the pin.
  • Trace the line the string from the plumb bob makes
  • Change the position of the pin, and trace the new line the string makes
  • Can you find the centre of mass?
find the mass of a random 2d shape1
Find the mass of a random 2D shape:

Start with any arbitrary shape

find the mass of a random 2d shape2
Find the mass of a random 2D shape:

An arbitrary shape

The line of a plumb bob from the edge of the shape

The line of a plumb bob from a different edge gives the location of the centre of mass

locating center of gravity
Locating Center of Gravity

Balance an object to find center of gravity

Center

of

Gravity

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centre of mass2
Centre of Mass:
  • The centre of mass (CoM) is an imaginary point that can lie either inside (e.g. a shot put) or outside a body (hula hoop). A system’s mass responds to external forces and torques, as if its entire mass were concentrated about that point.
where is the com
Where is the COM?

The position of centre of mass depends on the shape of body

  • This is how the high jumper can have his CoM pass under the bar but he could still clear the bar.
demo balanced bird
Demo: Balanced Bird

Where is the bird’s center of gravity?

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c heck yourself
Check Yourself

Three trucks

are parked on

a slope. Which

truck(s) tip

over?

BASE

CG

CG

CG

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centre of mass balance
Centre of Mass & Balance
  • What 3 mechanical principles enable a body to become more stable?
  • The lower the C.O.M. the more stable the body
  • The wider the base of support the more stable the body
  • The closer the line of gravity to the centre of the base of support, the more stable the body
demo balance the can
Demo: Balance the Can

If a small amount of water is added to an empty soda can then the can may be balanced on its bottom edge.

PEPSI

CG

x

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stability
Stability

Object is stable if CG is above the base.

STABLE

CG

CG

UNSTABLE

Weight

Weight

Axis

BASE

BASE

Axis

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what is the difference between cog com
What is the difference between COG & COM?
  • The term Centre of Mass is often confused with the Centre of Gravity.
  • The two terms are so similar that they can be used interchangeably.
  • The COG of an object coincides with its COM if the object is in a completely uniform gravitational field.
  • If it is not in a uniform gravitational field, then the COG and the COM will be at too different locations.
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The Centre of Mass

m1

m1

m1

m1

m1

m2

m2

m2

m2

m2

d1

d2

CM

m1g

m2g

M = m1 + m2

M

m1g x d1 = m2g x d2

centre of mass 1d

m1

m2

0

x1

x2

xcm

Centre of Mass (1D)

M = m1 + m2

CoM

M xcm = m1 x1 + m2 x2

why study center of mass
Why study Center of Mass?

(a) A ball tossed into the air follows a parabolic path. (b) The center of mass (black dot) of a baseball bat flipped into the air follows a parabolic path, but all other points of the bat follow more complicated curved paths.

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The Centre of Mass

The motion of the Centre of Mass is a simple parabola.

(just like a point particle)

The motion of the entire object is complicated.

  • This motion resolves to
  • motion of the CM
  • motion of points around the CM
types of collisions
Types of Collisions
  • Momentum is conserved in any collision
  • Inelastic collisions: rubber ball and hard ball
    • Kinetic energy is not conserved
    • Perfectly inelastic collisions occur when the objects stick together
  • Elastic collisions: billiard ball
    • both momentum and kinetic energy are conserved
  • Actual collisions
    • Most collisions fall between elastic and perfectly inelastic collisions
conservation of momentum
Conservation of Momentum
  • In an isolated and closed system, the total momentum of the system remains constant in time.
    • Isolated system: no external forces
    • Closed system: no mass enters or leaves
    • The linear momentum of each colliding body may change
    • The total momentum P of the system cannot change.
motion of the centre of mass
Motion of the Centre of Mass
  • The complex motion of many separate masses can often be made clear by only considering the single motion of the CoM.
  • Even though the separate masses may collide and interact, the velocity of the CoM vcm,does not change, assuming no external forces are present.
motion of the centre of mass1
Motion of the Centre of Mass

The velocity of the centre of mass can be found by adding up all the individual momentums. Then to find the velocity use p=mv. So divide by the total mass will give the ‘average / overall velocity’ called the velocity of the centre of mass.

centre of mass 3d

cm

r1

r2

r3

Centre of Mass (3D)

For a collection of masses in 3D

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y

8 kg

2

15 kg

4 kg

1

rCM

1.33

3 kg

0

1

2

x

1.07

Xcm = 16/15 = 1.07 m

ycm = 20/15 = 1.33 m