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Center of mass on inclined plane

  1. Dec 12, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    A box with its center of mass off-center as
    indicated by the dot is placed on an inclined
    plane.

    In which orientation does the box tip over?

    2. Relevant equations

    Teacher didn't even mention anything related to this

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Since the CM was at the top, the CG in this case was at the top. Gravity pulls straight downward and nothing is there to support the CM, so it would tip over in option 1, right?
     

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  3. Dec 12, 2008 #2

    Doc Al

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    Exactly. In order to not tip over, the center of mass must be over the base.
     
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