# Find the center of mass of a lamina

• Mar 27th 2010, 09:49 PM
squeeze101
Find the center of mass of a lamina
The boundary of a lamina consists of the semicircles $y=\sqrt{1-x^2}\ and\ y=\sqrt{4-x^2}$ together with the portions of the x-axis that join them. Find the center of mass of the lamina if the density at any point is proportional to its distance from the origin.

I drew a graph that looks like this. http://i42.tinypic.com/j8z4w2.jpg

I know that polar coordinates are a good tool to use for circle type questions like this, but I've never encountered something like this before. If anyone could just step me in the right direction, that would be great, Thanks
• Mar 27th 2010, 10:08 PM
matheagle
$\rho=kr$
the bounds are $0\le \theta\le \pi$ while $1\le r\le 2$