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A 45.0-kg woman stands up in a 60.0-kg canoe of length 5.00 m. She walks from a point 1.00 m from one end to a point 1.00 m from the other end. If you ignore resistance to motion of the canoe in the water, how far does the canoe move during this process?

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This is the simplest and easy to understand the movement of a canoe. Solution with an attached figure.

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The key point is that the center of mass of canoe + woman remains unchanged according to an external obsrver as there is no external force acting on the canoe.

Please refer to the attached figure as you read on..

CM of the canoe is at ...

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