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    Finding the coordinates of a centroid

    Hi I made an attempt at this problem but Im not quite sure if I have the correct procedure.

    find the exact coordinates of the centroid.

    y = 100 - x^2
    y = 0

    So the graphs intersect at x=-10 and 10

    the centroid is (\bar{x}, \bar{y})

    and \bar{x}= \frac{M}{m}

    So M = 2\int_0^{10} \! xf(x) \, dx.=
    2\int_0^{10} \! x(100-x^2) \, dx.=
    2[50x^2-\frac{1}{4}x^4]\bigg|_0^{10}=
    5000

    m = 2\int_0^{10} \! f(x) \, dx.=
    2\int_0^{10} \! (100-x^2)\, dx.=
    2[100x-\frac{1}{3}x^3]\bigg|_0^{10}=
    \frac{4000}{3}

    Therefore, \frac{M}{m} = \frac{15}{4}

    and by symmetry the centroid is (15/4, 15/4) right??
    Last edited by mmattson07; October 21st 2009 at 11:56 PM.
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    tried using this formula and I arrive at the same answer

    \bar{x} = \frac{1}{A}2\int_0^{10} \! x(100-x^2) \, dx.

    Where A = 2\int_0^{10} \! (100-x^2) \, dx.

    I know its obvious why, but am I doing this problem correctly?
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