(I) The distance between a carbon atom (m =12 u) and an oxygen atom (m =16 u) in the CO molecule is 1.3 X 10-10 m How far from the carbon atom is the center of mass of the molecule?
We have to find the location of the center of mass of the system comprising two particle, carbon and oxygen arranged in a straight line.
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Center of mass(CM) of a body is an imaginary point at which whole mass of the body is supposed to be concentrated.We consider that the net force acts on the centre of mass of body, insteads of considering that it acts on each and every point on the body for simpler calculation and this is one of the importance of application of CM.
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Figure below depicts the position of the particles with oxygen atom at left and carbon atom at right. We choose the origin at the position of oxygen atom.
Mass of the carbon atom and oxygen atom .
Distance between carbon and oxygen atom