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16. We denote the mass of Ricardo as
M
R
and that of Carmelita as
M
C
. Let the center of
mass of the twoperson system (assumed to be closer to Ricardo) be a distance
x
from the
middle of the canoe of length
L
and mass
m
. Then
M
R
(
L
/2 –
x
) =
mx
+
M
C
(
L
/2 +
x
).
Now, after they switch positions, the center of the canoe has moved a distance 2
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This note was uploaded on 05/17/2011 for the course PHY 2049 taught by Professor Any during the Spring '08 term at University of Florida.
 Spring '08
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 Physics, Center Of Mass, Mass

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