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Consider a two particle system with particles having masses m1 and m2. If the first particle is pushed towards the centre of mass through a distance d, by what distance should the second particle be moved, so as to keep the centre of mass at the same position? ?

Consider a two particle system with particles having masses m1 and m2. If the first particle is pushed towards the centre of mass through a distance d, by what distance should the second particle be moved, so as to keep the centre of mass at the same position?
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Grade:12

2 Answers

SHAIK AASIF AHAMED
askIITians Faculty 74 Points
6 years ago
Hello student,

Given,

the 2 masses are m1and m2

let x and y be the distance of m1and m2from the centre of mass respectively...

now, m1x = m2y

the mass m1 is moved by a distance d,

let the mass m2 be moved by a distance D

therefore, m1( x - d) = m2 (y -D )

= m1x - m1d = m2y - m2D

by eqn (i) m1x = m2y

= -m1d = -m2D

= D = (m1/m2) d

Thanks and Regards
Shaik Aasif
askIITians faculty
Rishi Sharma
askIITians Faculty 646 Points
9 months ago
Dear Student,
Please find below the solution to your problem.

Given,
the 2 masses are m1and m2
let x and y be the distance of m1and m2from the centre of mass respectively...
now, m1x = m2y
the mass m1 is moved by a distance d,
let the mass m2 be moved by a distance D
therefore, m1( x - d) = m2 (y -D )
= m1x - m1d = m2y - m2D
by eqn (i) m1x = m2y
= -m1d = -m2D
= D = (m1/m2) d

Thanks and Regards

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