Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 8 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 21

Answer

As you lean over, a vertical line passing through your CG extends beyond the area bounded by your feet (i.e., your support base). Gravity and the normal force from the floor exert a net nonzero torque on you, and you cannot remain in stable equilibrium.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on page 143, and shown in Figure 8.31.
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