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There are two objects of masses 1 kg and 2 kg located at (1, 2) and (-1, 3) respectively. The coordinates of the centre of mass are


Body A has mass of 1kg and location (1,2)
Body B has mass of 2kg and location (-1,3)

mcxc = m1x1 + m2x2
(1+2) xc = (1 * 1) + (2 * -1)
xc  = -1/3

mcyc = m1y1 + m2y2
(1 + 2) yc = (1 * 2) + (2 * 3)
yc= 8/3

Hence, the coordinates of the center of mass are (-1/3, 8/3).


The motion of a potter’s wheel is an example of


Potter’s wheel is an example of rotary motion. Rotary motion is that kind of motion in which body of the mass moves along a circular path about an axis which remains fixed.


The general motion of a rigid body consists of


The general motion of a rigid body consists of both, translational and rotational motion. This is much obvious as it is seen all around us.


A rigid body is one


A rigid body is one in which the distance between all pairs of particles remains fixed.


If a shell at rest explodes then the centre of mass of the fragments


As a shell explosion is not governed by any external force, we get that no external force acts upon the shell, and hence it remains at rest.


A child sits stationary at one end of long trolley moving uniformly with speed v on a smooth horizontal floor. If the child gets up and runs about on the trolley in the forward direction with speed u. The centre of mass of the system (child + trolley) will move with speed


The child is running arbitrarily on a trolley moving with velocity v.
However, the running of the child will produce no effect on the velocity of the centre of mass of the trolley.
This is because the force due to the boy’s motion is purely internal.

Internal forces produce no effect on the motion of the bodies on which they act.

Since no external force is involved in the boy–trolley system, the boy’s motion will produce no change in the velocity of the centre of mass of the trolley.


There are some passengers inside a stationary railway compartment. The centre of masses of the compartment itself(without the passengers) is C1, while the centre of mass of the compartment plus passengers’ system is C2. if the passengers moves about inside the compartment


Given the track is frictionless, therefore as the people inside will move inside the compartment the compartment will itself move opposite to it.
Hence C1 will move but as their is no external force on the combined system and its initial velocity is also zero. Therefore C2 won't change.


If a man of mass M jumps to the ground from height h and his centre of mass moves a distance x in the time taken by him to hit the ground, the average force acting on him is (assuming his retardation to be constant during his impact with the ground)


As the center of mass moves through a distance x, the average force F acting on the man is calculated from :
Work done = Change in potential energy
⇒ Fx = Mgh
⇒ F = 


The centre of mass of a body is located


The centre of mass of a body can lie within or outside the body.
Centre of mass of a uniform rod lies at its geometrical centre which lies within the rod
(ii) Centre of mass of a uniform ring lies at its geometrical centre which lies outside the ring.


When a shell was following a parabolic path in the air, it explodes somewhere in its flight. The center of mass of fragments will continue to move in


The internal forces have no effect on the trajectory of the center of mass, and the forces due to explosion are the internal forces. So the center of mass will follow the same parabolic path even after the explosion.


 A mass m is moving with a constant velocity along a line parallel to the x-axis, away from the origin. Its angular momentum with respect to the origin


Angular momentum (L) is defined as the distance of the object from a rotation axis multiplied by the linear momentum
L = mv×h

As the particle moves, m; v; and h, all remain unchanged at any point of time
⇒ L = constant


Every point in a rotating rigid body has the same __________at any instant of time.


Every point in any rigid rotating object is rotating at the same angular velocity. However, I have seen a few cases where people have used the term "angular velocity" when they really meant tangential velocity, so you do have to be careful.


An isolated particle of mass m is moving in a horizontal plane (x,y) along the x axis at a certain height above the ground. It suddenly explodes into two fragments of masses m/4 and 3m/4. An instant later, the smaller fragments is at y = +15 cm. The larger fragment at this instant is at


As the particle is exploded only due to its internal energy.
net external force during this process is 0 i.e. center mass will not change.

Let the particle while the explosion was above the origin of the coordinate system i.e. just before explosion xcm =0 and ycm =0

After the explosion, the Centre of mass will be at xcm =0 and ycm =0

Since smaller fragment has fallen on the y-axis.
Let positon of larger fragment be y.

m * ycm = (m/4 * 15) + (3m/4 * y)
⇒ (m/4 * 15) + (3m/4 * y) = 0
⇒ y = - 5 cm


The centre of mass of a system of particles does not depend on


The resultant of all forces, on any system of particles, is zero. Therefore, their centre of mass does not depend upon the forces acting on the particles.


If the net force acting on the system of particles is zero, then which of the following may vary


If three balls of same radius are placed touching each other on a horizontal surface such that they will form an equilateral triangle, when their centers are joined. What will be the position of the centre of mass of the system?


The COM will be at the intersection point of the medians as that is the most symmetric point of this symmetric system.


When external forces acting on a body are zero, then its centre of mass


When force acting upon the body results zero, the resulting acceleration due to net force applied is also zero, and hence by the law of inertia the motion of the body either at rest or constant velocity wont change.


Two blocks of the masses 10 kg and 4 kg are connected by a spring of negligible mass and placed on a frictionless horizontal surface. An impulse gives a velocity of 14 m/s to the heavier block. The velocity of centre of mass is


Velocity of heavier block (v2) = 14m/s
Velocity of lighter block (v1) = 0m/s
Velocity of centre of mass,


The sum of moments of masses of all the particles in a system about the centre of mass is always:



Let origin be the centre of mass of the body which is represented by C i.e. r = 0
⟹ m1r+ m2​r+ m3r= 0

Now net moment about C,
τC = (m1g) * r1 + (m2g) * r+ (m3g) * r3
τC = g [m1r+ m2​r+ m3r3] = 0

Hence, the sum of moment of masses of all the particles in the system about COM is always Zero


In a CO molecule, the distance between carbon and oxygen atom is 0.12 nm. What is the distance of centre of mass from the carbon atom?


The distance of centre of mass from carbon atom, 


For an object with the centre of mass at the origin, the x-coordinates of particles of the object _____.

  • For an object to have the x-coordinate of its centre of mass, there should be particles on both the negative and positive coordinates of the plane for the sum to be zero.
  • However, for 1-dimensional particles that all lie on the y-axis symmetric about the x-axis, the x-coordinate is zero – which is neither positive nor negative, i.e., non-negative.

Masses 1 kg, 1.5 kg, 2 kg, and “M” kg are situated at (2,1,1), (1,2,1), (2,-2,1) and (-1,4,3). What is the value of “M” if their centre of mass is at (1,1,3/2)?


Sum of masses = 1 + 1.5 + 2 + M = 4.5 + M
(1*2 + 1.5*1 + 2*2 – M)/(4.5 + M) = 1
4.5 + M = 7.5 – M
2M = 3
M = 1.5 kg.


Three identical spheres each of radius R are placed such that their centres lie on a straight line. What is the location of their centre of mass from the centre of the first sphere?

  • Distance between first and last sphere = R + 2R + R = 4R
  • Since the spheres are identical and lie in a straight line, the centre of mass will lie exactly in the middle.
  • Hence the centre of mass lies at a distance of 2R from the centre of the first sphere.

For which of the following does the centre of mass lie outside the body?

  • The centre of mass of a bangle lies at its geometric centre which does not lie on or in the object.
  • Hence the centre of mass of a bangle lies outside the body.

The centre of masses of two particles with masses 2 kg and 1 kg located at (1,0,1) and (2,2,0) is located at:


Sum of masses = 2 + 1 = 3
(2*1 + 1*2)/3 = 4/3
(2*0 + 1*2)/3 = 2/3
(2*1 + 1*0)/3 = 2/3.

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