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Name: Irene W.
Status: student
Age: 11
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Date: 4/9/2003


Question:
How can you find the center of mass of a cup or container of liquid?


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Irene,

You find the center of mass of a container of liquid the same way you find the center of mass of a solid. The difference is that as the "shape" of the liquid changes, so does the center of mass. A liquid that is held in the same shape throughout an activity will have the same center of mass as a solid of the same shape.

Dr. Ken Mellendorf
Physics Instructor
Illinois Central College



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