# Definition:Center of Gravity

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## Definition

Let $B$ be a body.

The **center of gravity** of $B$ is that point through which the resultant of the system of parallel forces formed by the weights of all the particles constituting $B$ passes for all positions of $B$.

## Also see

- Results about
**centers of gravity**can be found**here**.

## Historical Note

The concept of the center of gravity of a body originated with Archimedes of Syracuse.

He subsequently found the centers of gravity of a number of geometric figures, both plane and solid.

## Sources

- 1998: David Nelson:
*The Penguin Dictionary of Mathematics*(2nd ed.) ... (previous) ... (next):**centre of gravity** - 2008: David Nelson:
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