centre of mass

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centre of mass Point at which the whole mass of an object or group of objects is considered to be concentrated. A centre of mass would therefore exist for colliding elementary particles. Isaac Newton first proved his inverse-square law of gravitation by assuming the respective masses of the Earth and Moon were located at their centres.

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