Center of Mass in a Canoe

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A man (of mass ) and his dog (of mass ) are on opposite ends of a 10-meter-long canoe. Since , the center of mass for the system (yellow fulcrum) is closer to the man.


The center of mass can be calculated from the equation .


Contributed by: Natalie Kadonaga (January 2015)
Based on a physics problem by: William S. Harvie
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA



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