1J10.30 - Meter Stick on Fingers
Position fingers anywhere under meter stick and as you slide your fingers together they will always meet at the center of mass.
A variation of this is to hang a weight from one end of the meter stick. In our case if we hang 160 g on the end the demonstration will perform the same except now the equilibrium point is at 25cm.
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