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Homework Help: Need help with finding Center of Gravity with given radius and height

  1. Mar 16, 2010 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Caution: Ignore the weight of the bucket
    itself.
    The bottom and the top of a bucket have
    radii rb = 15 cm and rt = 26 cm respectively.
    The bucket is h = 36 cm high and filled with
    water.
    Where is the center of gravity relative to
    the center of the bottom of the bucket?
    Answer in units of cm.

    2. Relevant equations

    Xcm = (X1M1)/(M1)

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I'm enrolled in a Calculus Physics so I know that I should be using Calculus and not regular physics formula.
    Do I have to integrate the problem, but the only problem is that no equation is given. That's where I am stuck at.
    I don't want you to tell me how to do it, but can you give me a hint as where I should start off.
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  3. Mar 16, 2010 #2
    The centre of gravity is going to be on the z axis, but you do not know how high above the point (0,0,0) it is. If you take this point to be the centre of the bottom of the bucket. Switch over to cylinderical co-ordinates and find [tex] \bar{z}\int dM=\int z dM [/tex]
     
  4. Mar 16, 2010 #3
    I still dont get it. You say integrate the Mass, but you're not given any formula to integrate. You're only give points. If I was given a formula, I know how to integrate but your not given one to integrate. Do you make one up with the points?
     
  5. Mar 16, 2010 #4

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  6. Mar 16, 2010 #5
    I know how to find Center of gravity using integrals only when an equation is given.
    I don't know how to find it with out an equation.
    How would I go about and integrate without an equation?
     
  7. Mar 21, 2010 #6
    If you wanted to know the volume you would integrate

    [tex] \int_0^h \pi (R_1+(R_2-R_1)\frac{z}{h})^2 dz [/tex]

    if the mass is uniform you can extend this to the formula you were given earlier?

    Doing that I get 18.8cm
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2010
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