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Blocks and center of gravity

Blocks and center of gravity

This is a home work problem shown in many Fundamental Physics textbooks . How to stack four uniform blocks on top of a table, so that they extend as far right as possible and still remain stable. How should each be positioned? Can the top block have its entire length beyond the edge of the table.
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John Walkup
John Walkup (Staff)
18 years ago
A fun applet that demonstrates the concept of center of gravity (mass) very well.