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Understanding the Center of Mass & Center of Gravity

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What is the center of mass of an object?

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1. What is the center of gravity of an object?

2. For a bowling ball, how far apart are the center of gravity and center of mass?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments are designed to test what you know about the center of mass and center of gravity. They will cover topics such as the differences between the two.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will require that you know:

  • The definition of center of mass
  • The definition of center of gravity
  • Instances in which the center of mass and center of gravity are not identical
  • Examples of when the center of mass and center of gravity are in different positions

Skills Practiced

These tools give you the opportunity to make use of these skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as center of mass and center of gravity
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson such as center of gravity and center of mass
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of center of mass and center of gravity to answer questions about them

Additional Learning

Please review the lesson called Understanding the Center of Mass & Center of Gravity for additional information on this topic. Here are a few topics this lesson goes into detail on:

  • An abstract example that shows the differences between the center of gravity and center of mass
  • A real life example of the differences between the center of gravity and center of mass
  • An explanation as to why they exist
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