# Proving Magnitude of Position Vector for Centre of Mass

• metgt4
In summary, the equation for the magnitude R of the position vector for the centre of mass from an arbitrary origin is given by M2R2 = M\summiri2 - (1/2)\summimjrij2. The attempt at a solution involves using the equations F = MR'', F = p', and p = \summjrj', but there may be errors in the application of these equations.
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## Homework Statement

Prove that the magnitude R of the position vector for the centre of mass from an arbitrary origin is given by the equation

M2R2 = M$$\sum$$miri2 - (1/2)$$\sum$$mimjrij2

## Homework Equations

F = MR''

F = p'

p = $$\sum$$mjrj'

## The Attempt at a Solution

I'm not quite sure where to start with this, but this is what I've tried so far:

F = MR''

R'' = $$\frac{F}{M}$$ = $$\frac{p'}{M}$$ = $$\frac{([tex]\sum$$mjrj')'/M

And that's about where I think I go wrong. Am I on the right path, or am I waaayyy off?

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## 1. What is the centre of mass?

The centre of mass is the point at which the mass of an object is evenly distributed in all directions. It is the balance point of an object, where the weight is evenly distributed.

## 2. How is the centre of mass calculated?

The centre of mass is calculated by finding the weighted average of the positions of all the particles in a system. This can be done by multiplying the position of each particle by its mass and then dividing by the total mass of the system.

## 3. Why is it important to prove the magnitude of the position vector for the centre of mass?

Proving the magnitude of the position vector for the centre of mass is important because it provides a mathematical proof for the concept of centre of mass. It also allows for the calculation of the centre of mass for more complex systems and objects.

## 4. What factors affect the position of the centre of mass?

The position of the centre of mass is affected by the distribution of mass within an object or system. It is also affected by external forces, such as gravity, acting on the object.

## 5. How is the centre of mass used in real-world applications?

The centre of mass is used in a variety of real-world applications, such as designing structures and vehicles for optimal stability and balance. It is also used in fields such as physics, engineering, and astronomy to analyze the motion and behavior of objects and systems.

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