# Center of Mass in a Canoe

Center of Mass in a Canoe

A man (of mass ) and his dog (of mass ) are on opposite ends of a 10-meter-long canoe. Since , the center of mass for the system (yellow fulcrum) is closer to the man.

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The center of mass can be calculated from the equation .

(m+m+m)x=mx+mx+mx

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