MATH101 April 2013
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Question 05 (b)
Full-Solution Problems. In questions 4–12, justify your answers and show all your work. If
a box is provided, write your final answer there. Unless otherwise indicated, simplification of numerical answers is required in these questions.
Find the centroid of the region below, which consists of a semicircle of radius 3 on top of a rectangle of width 6 and height 2.
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Try using physical intuition to estimate an answer. You may even be able to predict one of the coordinates precisely!
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Note that we do not need to know the density, since it cancels out later. First, we calculate the area by adding the areas of the rectangle and semicircle:
We identify the endpoints of the integral as , the top function as and the bottom function as . Then
by (odd) symmetry. Alternatively, you could argue from a physical point of view that the -coordinate of the centre of mass must be 0. By (even) symmetry,
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