Science:Math Exam Resources/Courses/MATH200/December 2011/Question 06
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Question 06 

Let R be the triangle with vertices (0,2), (1,0), and (2,0). Let R have density . Find , the ycoordinate of the center of mass of R. You do not need to find . 
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Hint 1 

Recall that the yvalue of the center of mass is given by

Hint 2 

To find the integration boundaries of the variables for the region a sketch is very helpful

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Solution 

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Please rate my easiness! It's quick and helps everyone guide their studies. Since the region of integration is a triangle with vertices the region is bounded by the function and , see sketch We want to integrate with respect to first, hence, solving for x, the integration boundaries become and the region is To calculate which is the coordinate of the center of mass, we calculate at first the integral in the numerator.
Hence
