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Where is the center of mass of the Earth's atmosphere?

Where is the center of mass of the Earth's atmosphere?

Grade:upto college level

1 Answers

Deepak Patra
askIITians Faculty 471 Points
6 years ago

Assuming the symmetrical distribution of atmosphere of Earth and that the earth is a perfect sphere, one can conclude that the center of mass of the Earth atmosphere will be at the center of spherical Earth. This can be seen from the fact that for every mass element ∆m of atmosphere, there will be another mass element ∆m on the opposite side of the Earth. The symmetrical distribution of the atmosphere forces the center of mass to align with Earth’s geometrical center, which is, its center.

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