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Distance Canoe physics Problem

  1. Oct 14, 2010 #1
    A man with a mass of 65 kg stands up in a 64-kg canoe of length 4.0 m floating on water. He walks from a point 0.75 m from the back of the canoe to a point 0.75 m from the front of the canoe. Assume negligible friction between the canoe and the water. How far does the canoe move? (Assume the canoe has a uniform density such that its center of mass location is at the center of the canoe.)
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  3. Oct 16, 2010 #2


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    Since there is no external force acting on the canoe, the center of mass remains at rest.

    In two cases the center of mass from the back of canoe are

    [tex]\frac{65*0.75 + 64*2}{65 + 64} = \frac{65*1.5 + 64(2-x)}{65+64}[/tex]

    Now solve for x.

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