Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321993721
ISBN 13: 978-0-32199-372-4

Chapter 12 - For Thought and Discussion - Page 214: 10


The taller person

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The center of gravity of the tall person is further from the ground than the dog. Thus, the force of gravity will lead to a greater torque on the person than on the dog, given that we define the ground as the axis of rotation. This means that the person is far more likely to be the first to start rotating down the hill.
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