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    center of mass

    Consider the thin plate, of constant density p , which lies above the x-axis and between the two ellipses x^2+y^2/4=1 ,  x^2/4+y^2/16=1 Find its center of mass(HINT: In order to reduce the amount of integration required, use symmetry and the formula which states that the area A of the region enclosed by the ellipse A = piab )
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    To locate the center of mass, you'll need the area of the region, the moment about the x-axis and the moment about the y-axis. Use the hint your problem gave to solve for the area. The formula for the moments should be in your book, if not look here
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