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http://numericalmethods.eng.usf.edu/experiments Center of Mass of a Thin Plate Background: The motivation behind this experiment is to understand spline interpolation and integration to find the center of mass of a thin plate of arbitrary shape. What you will do in the lab: Choose one of the shapes available. Suspend the shape from a location near an edge and drop a plumb line (Figure 1). Mark the shape with the provided marker along the plumb line. Next suspend the shape from another location not too close to the first. Drop the plumb line again and mark along the line. The intersection of the two lines is the experimental center of mass of the shape. Record the location of the center of mass. Measure the length and height of the shape at appropriate increments and record the data on your data sheet. Write down the shape name on your data sheet. Exercises to do (counts as 50 points) : First, follow the sample project guidelines. Use MATLAB to solve Problems (3) through (7).
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course EML 3041 taught by Professor Kaw,a during the Spring '08 term at University of South Florida - Tampa.

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