Finding the Center of Mass of D

In summary, the problem is to find the center of mass of the region D in the (x,y) plane, bounded by the lines y=x, y=4x, and the hyperbolas xy=1 and xy=9. The suggested method is to use the center of mass formula and possibly a change of variables. However, it should be noted that this is a geometric "centroid" problem and not a true "center of mass" problem, as no density function is given.
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Homework Statement


Let D be the region in the (x, y) plane bounded by the lines y=x, y=4x and the hyperboals xy=1 and xy=9. find the center of mass of D.


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The Attempt at a Solution



My thought: to use the center of mass formula? and use the change of variables?
 
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What have you done? The problem is to find a center of mass- why should there be a "?" on "use the center of mass formula"? Of course you shold use it. I can't speak toward "use the change of variables" because you haven't said what the integral is!


(Strictly speaking, this is NOT a "center of mass" problem at all because you have not given any density function so there is no "mass" and no "center of mass". It is a purely geometric "centroid" problem but that can be done exactly like a "center of mass" problem assuming constant density.)
 
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HallsofIvy said:
What have you done? The problem is to find a center of mass- why should there be a "?" on "use the center of mass formula"? Of course you shold use it. I can't speak toward "use the change of variables" because you haven't said what the integral is!


(Strictly speaking, this is NOT a "center of mass" problem at all because you have not given any density function so there is no "mass" and no "center of mass". It is a purely geometric "centroid" problem but that can be done exactly like a "center of mass" problem assuming constant density.)

the problem is not given one.

do I have to find the area of the two regions first?

Then what do I do next?
 

1. What is the center of mass?

The center of mass is a point that represents the average position of the mass in an object or system. It is the point where all the mass can be concentrated without changing the overall motion of the object.

2. Why is finding the center of mass important?

Finding the center of mass is important because it helps us understand the overall motion and stability of an object or system. It also allows us to calculate important values such as the moment of inertia and the gravitational potential energy.

3. How do you find the center of mass of an object?

To find the center of mass of an object, you need to know the mass and the position of each individual part of the object. Then, you can use the formula: xcm = (∑mixi)/mt and ycm = (∑miyi)/mt, where xcm and ycm are the coordinates of the center of mass, mi is the mass of each part, xi and yi are the coordinates of each part, and mt is the total mass of the object.

4. What is the difference between the center of mass and the center of gravity?

The center of mass and the center of gravity are often used interchangeably, but they are not exactly the same. The center of mass is a geometric property that is based on the distribution of mass, while the center of gravity is the point where the force of gravity can be considered to act on an object. In most cases, they are very close to each other, but the center of gravity can change depending on the gravitational field, while the center of mass remains constant.

5. How does the center of mass affect the stability of an object?

The center of mass is an important factor in determining the stability of an object. If the center of mass is located within the base of support of an object, it will be stable and will not tip over easily. However, if the center of mass is located outside of the base of support, the object will be unstable and can easily topple over. This is why finding the center of mass is important in designing stable structures and objects.

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