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A 3.0 kg rod of length 5.0 m has at opposite ends point masses of 4.0 kg and 6.0 kg(a) Will the center of mass of this system be (1) nearer to the 4.0 kg mass, (2) nearer to the 6.0 kg mass, or (3) at the center of the rod? Why?
(b) Where is the center of mass of the system?

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The correct answer is (2), i.e., the center of mass will be near the 6.0 kg mass.

Because, center of mass is the point where the net mass acts, numerically it is given as,
r_cm = sum(mi*ri)/sum(mi)

where i = 1 to n, mi ...

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