find the center of mass

Calculus
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May 25th, 2015

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he plate has a constant density and thickness so the mass is evenly distributed. You only have to find the gravitational center of the figure. 

You see instantly that the figure is mirror-symmetric around the x-axis, so the gravitational centre must be on the y-axis. 

The y-coordinate of the gravity centre is difficult to calculate (using arccos) over the y-axis. But when we look at the surface of the figure you see 3 distinct areas. make (o,g) the gravitational point. and h the point where y = g = 2cos(h) . Then we integrate over the x-axis 
The integral from x = 0 to h must be equal to 1/2 (half the total area) - g.h 
1 - 2sin(h) = 1 - g.h or 2sin(h) = 1 + 2cos(h).h 
I can't see how to calculate this in an algebraic form. you can approach it by interpolation. 
f(h) = 2sin(h) - 1 - 2cos(h).h 
gives h = 1.202 g = 0,36

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