Center of mass
Jones, Edwin R. Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina.
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That point of a material object or a system of objects that moves as if all the external forces were acting on the entire mass of the object or the system of objects concentrated at that point. The motion of a material object or a system of objects can be described in terms of the translational motion of the center of mass and the rotational motion about the center of mass. See also: Rotational motion; Rigid-body dynamics
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