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Homework Help: Center mass question

  1. Feb 20, 2006 #1
    Find the center of mass of a homogeneous semicircular plate, let R be the radius of the circle.
    I have think I need to use ingergration to slove this problem, I'm stuck with that R is also changing as if i'm cutting little slices, so does that mean i have to set up two intergra, one for R solve that, and put it into another intergra which is for Ycm?

    another question is there is a cube box with no top lays on a coordinate system x,y,z, z is vertical. and the side is 40 cm, I can find xcm=20 and ycm=20 very easily, but i had a hard time to find z, and i used harder way to find z, which is tp set zcm=x, and calculate the weight between the top half of the box and bottom half of the box,
    from there I got Zcm=17.5, and that is not even the right answer, can u guys suggest a better and easier way for me to slove it?
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  3. Feb 20, 2006 #2
  4. Feb 20, 2006 #3
    huh, i got it, 4r/3pi is my answer, is that right?
  5. Feb 20, 2006 #4
    could anybody give me a hint on my question #2, plz
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