Silly question I know, but I want to just clarify this.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

The actual question:

A 0.45kg bug is crawling to the right along a metre-stick which is resting on the edge of a desk. If the mass of the uniform metre-stick is 0.37kg, how far from the edge of the desk can the bug crawl before the metre-stick flips off the desk?

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My question:

Eventually, I worked out that F_{N}is the green arrow. But why is it there instead of being at where the red arrow is? I realize the entire table is the support. So should it not be in the middle of where the support touches the metre-stick?

I also know found no way to solve this without putting F_{N}in the middle. I got the answer, but I want to clarify this and double-check.

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In case I am not correct by putting FN in the middle, the answer I got is 0.1644m. Is that right?

Many thanks!

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