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Find center of mass of planar quadrilateral

  1. Nov 16, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Consider the planar quadrilateral with vertices (0, 0), (2, 0), (1, 1) and (0, 1). Suppose that it has constant density. What is its center of mass?
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    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since it has constant density, could I assume that the center of mass would be the same as if I put 4 equal masses on the vertices and calculate the center of mass that way? Like ##\bar x= \frac {m_1x_1+...+m_nx_n}{m_1+...m_n}## and same for ##\bar y##?

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  3. Nov 16, 2016 #2

    LCKurtz

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    No. But you could break up the region into two pieces and put the mass of each piece at its center of mass and calculate from there.
     
  4. Nov 16, 2016 #3
    How do I find the center of mass of the half piece?
     
  5. Nov 16, 2016 #4

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    The center of mass of a rectangle is at its center and the center of mass of a triangle is at the intersection of its medians. Or you could just use the standard calculus formulas and calculate the center of mass of the region directly.
     
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