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== Additional resources ==
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Latest revision as of 11:57, 13 February 2020

Let's begin

When we look at any object from aside, there exists one very special point. If the object would be fixed to that point (if possible somehow), and set to rotation, it would keep rotating freely around it infinitely (except of friction, of course). Sometimes, as we will see in the next exercise, it is very useful to know where this point is. In this exercise we will try to find it.



model for finding center of gravity


First prepare some used sheet of paper and scissors:

prepare paper and scissors

Cut and attach the paper to the technic plate - either using the connector pegs, or with a tape:

cut paper

Build this little piece that will hold the plate on the stand from the back of the paper, the axel will protrude to the front for hanging a longer technic beam. This piece weighs less than 2 grams, thus it will have only a very little influence on the result. Use a longer axle if needed.

build little piece

Have a pen with sufficiently long tip ready, and mark the centers of the holes, after the plate stabilized:

have a pen with suffiently long tip

After you have successfully found the center of gravity of the empty plate, attach some objects to it at random locations:

attach some objects

Then find the center of gravity again:

resulting centers of gravity

Building instructions:

Download building instructions:

Download stud.io model:


In this exercise, there is no program, we will just have fun finding the center of gravity.

Measure, analyze, think

  • Always document your work, make pictures or recordings.

Explore and modify

  • Try attaching also different objects so that the center of gravity will change. Now try to estimate its position by guessing first, then verify your guess by a measurement.


  • Prepare a short presentation for other groups. Tell others about how your measurement went, what issues did you have to solve. What do they mean and why did they happen?

Additional resources