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Collapsible building

  1. Nov 1, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    which type of building is more likely to collapse, a building with tall walls or short walls.

    2. Relevant equations

    not sure,

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I know that this is a static equilibrium equation and common sense tells me that the taller the walls are, the more likely the building is to collapse but how do I show this using equations?
     
    Last edited: Nov 1, 2013
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  3. Nov 1, 2013 #2

    berkeman

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    Hint -- write the equations for tipping over equal mass rectangular boxes with different heights (taller box means less surface area on the ground). Does that help?
     
  4. Nov 1, 2013 #3
    is that the center gravity equation?
     
  5. Nov 1, 2013 #4
    okay, that makes sense. thanks so much
     
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