## Wednesday, May 7, 2008

### Irodov Problem 1.144

The figure beside shows the path of m2. Basically the paths of the two particles will be such that the center of mass O remains fixed. The center of mass of the two particles is given by,

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The above equation indicates that if we drew a line segment connecting the two masses at any time the line segment will be divided in the ratio of the inverse of the masses as shown in the figure.

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