Mj-2 Centre of Mass Motion

Aim

To demonstrate that the centre of mass of a system subject to no external forces remains stationary.

Apparatus

  • Linear air track
  • Centre of mass glider

Centre of Mass Glider Diagram Centre of Mass Motion

Centre of Mass Motion Setup and Diagram.

Description

The glider consists of a freely swinging pendulum. As the pendulum swings back and forth the glider moves in such a way that the centre of mass remains at rest.

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