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Consider the domain
in the plane as a thin plate; if we know at each point what is the density of the material used to build this plate, we can compute the mass, the moments of this object about the coordinate axes, the center of mass of the object, and so on. We denote by
the density at the point (x,y).
Applications: areas, moments, center of mass in the plane.
- First moments:
- Coordinates of the center of mass:
- Moments of inertia:
where L is any line in the plane and r is the distance from the point (x,y) to the line L.
- Radii of gyration: