What causes an object to tip over instead of slide when a sufficient force is applied to an object? If you apply a force of 7N to an object that requires a force of 6N to tip it over and a force of 3N for it to slide it will always tip over. As long as the force applied is more than the force required to tip the object over it will tip no matter how low the force of static friction is. Why is this? The Fnet for the object to slide is much greater than the Fnet for the object to tip so what makes the object tip? What theory explains this and could you give a brief explanation of why it happens?