Mj-2 Centre of Mass Motion
Published: Thursday 09 March 2006 - Updated: Thursday 24 March 2011
To demonstrate that the centre of mass of a system subject to no external forces remains stationary.
- Linear air track
- Centre of mass glider
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Centre of Mass Stationary
Centre of Mass Motion
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.