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What is the centre of mass?

the point on a object at which the mass of the object may be thought to be concentrated


Where is the centre of mass on a symetrical object?

along the axes of symettry


How do you find the centre of mass by suspending the object?

drill a hole in the object and hang it so it is free to swing

hang a plumb line from the suspension point

marks the vertical line directly below the suspension point

hang it again in a different location and mark the vertical line

where the lines cross is the centre of mass


What is a pendulum?

a plumb line is an example of a pendulum

the pendulum is free to swing

at the highest point of the swing there is no kinetic energy but maximum gravitational potentiol energy

while swinging, there is a high KE and low GP

e.g. playground swing, fairground rides


What is a moment and what does the size of a moment depend on?

the turning effect off a force

size of force applied

perpendicular distance from pivot to the line of action of the force


What are the moments on a object not turning?

If an object is not turning, the total clockwise moment must be exactly balanced by the total anticlockwise moment about any pivot


How do levers reduce the force needed to perform tasks?

levers rely on the principle of moments to act as force multiplies

the reduce the effort needed to move a load by increasing the distance over which the force is acting


How can you calculate how to balance moments?

1) work out the moment for which you have been given all the infomation

2) change the subject of the equation to calculate the force


How does a object fall?

if the line of action of the stools weight falls outside the base of the stool the stool will topple

due to the anti-clockwise moment being greater than the clockwise moment