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Circular motion of rigid body

  1. Nov 19, 2008 #1
    When considering pure rotation of a rigid body about some point , then can we always consider the body to be concentrated in its centre of mass and use all force related equation treating it like a point object situated at it center of mass.? Why? Can anyone prove mathematically because there are many things like moment of inertia ,for e.g, for which we cannot do that.
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  3. Nov 19, 2008 #2
    BUMP please I really need this in a few hours.
  4. Nov 19, 2008 #3

    Doc Al

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    I'm not sure I understand your question. If you're asking whether Newton's 2nd law for translation applies--sure:

    [tex]\Sigma F = ma_{cm}[/tex]

    If that's not what you mean, please give a specific example of your concern.
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