J.M. Gabrielse VEX Center of Gravity J.M. Gabrielse

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VEX BearingsCenter of Gravity
The center of gravity is the average mass and position of all the pieces that make up a robot.
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Robots tip over all the time!
Build your robot so the center of gravity stays between the wheel axles and your robot won’t tip over.
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Hang any object from a string:
The object will rotate until the center of gravity lines up with the string.
Hang the robot from a string and mark the line.
Tie the string to a different points and repeat.
The center of gravity is where the lines cross.
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Tipping
Robots tip if the center of gravity isn’t between the wheels.
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Robot Arm
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Robot Tips
in the middle of the robot
The protobot’s battery and arm balance each other out to keep the center of gravity in the center of the robot.
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Your Turn
Where is the center of gravity?
What happens to a robot if the center of gravity isn’t between the wheels?
How can you make a robot less tippy?
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