# Trouble calculating the equilibrium of this object

I was having trouble calculating the equilibrium of this object. I thought I had to solve it using the scalar cross product...but i'm not certain I am on the right track. Can some one help me? This is the question.

A carpenter's square has the shape of an L, where d1 = 19.0 cm, d2 = 6.00 cm, d3 = 6.00 cm, d4 = 11.0 cm. Locate its center of gravity. (Hint: Take (x, y) = (0, 0) at the intersection of d1 and d4)

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Sort of, actually d3 is connected to d1, and d1 is the longer side of the carpenter square. The picture looks more like this... #### Attachments

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PhanthomJay
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Rather than using cross products, break up the shape into 2 rectangles, and sum moment areas about each axis separately , where the moment of an area is the area times the perpendicular distance from its centroid to the axis, and where
(A1)x1 + A2(x2) = (A1 + A2)(X_), etc., (which you are familiar with?).

Well I was using the equation ((m1)(x1)+(m2)(x2))/(m1+m2)= but i keep getting the wrong answer...using this method how do i find y1, y2, and x1, x2. I know it seems like a real fundamental question but I am still having trouble.

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