I've been thinking about this simple problem a lot lately and it has been bugging me.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Let's say you have a meter stick that weighs 100g and is 1x.001x.001 meters (so it's more like a rod). You probably don't need all that information but I'll include it to be safe. The meter stick is balancing straight up so the top of the stick is a meter off the ground.

You push the top of the meter stick just enough. So it begins to tip in one direction (let's assume you tip it in the direction of one of the sides of the stick).

a) how long will it take the meter stick to fall if the bottom of the stick does not slide on the ground?

b) if the coefficients of friction between the stick and the ground is .1, how long will the stick take to fall (I think it's the same as part a)? How far will the center of the stick be from where it was when it landed in part a? After the stick lands, will it slide along the ground at all? (I don't think it will)

Thanks.

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# Meter stick tipping over

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