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Problem: Is the center of mass of the dumbbell in  at point a, b, or c?

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Is the center of mass of the dumbbell in  at point a, b, or c?

The figure shows a dumbbell with two unequal masses on either end. The left mass is greater than the right mass. Three points are marked on the rod of the dumbbell. Point, labelled as b, is at the middle of the rod. Point, labelled as a, is closer to the greater mass. Point, labelled as c, is closer to the lesser mass.

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