BarycenterDate: 08/30/97 at 17:15:57 From: Pastor Negrón Subject: Geometry I need to know the definition of baricenter and also how to find it. I just found the word. I tried to find the definition in other geometry books, but I did not find it. I am a math teacher and this is the first time that I have seen the word. Date: 09/04/97 at 16:41:38 From: Doctor Rob Subject: Re: Geometry The correct spelling is "barycenter". The definition of the barycenter of a geometric figure is the "center of gravity." If the figure were cut out of a thin sheet of material of small but not infinitesimal thickness and uniform weight, the barycenter would be the center of gravity of the cutout. It is the point at which the figure would balance if supported at that point only. For a triangle, the barycenter is the intersection point of the medians of the triangle. -Doctor Rob, The Math Forum Check out our web site! http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ |
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