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Given M2 > M1, which of the following pendulum systems has the GREATEST change in potential energy from a state of rest?
Passage says: The greatest Potential energy is always associated with the system whose center of mass is is displaced from its resting state.
The Attempt at a Solution
I got the correct answer (D)by process of elimination. however I am still having trouble locating the center of mass just by observing an object(where would the center of mass be on this object?). I feel this is because of a lack of a solid conceptual understanding of what it is. Is the center of mass a point where net torque is zero and net force is zero??
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