Essential University Physics: Volume 1 (3rd Edition)

Published by Pearson
ISBN 10: 0321993721
ISBN 13: 978-0-32199-372-4

Chapter 12 - For Thought and Discussion - Page 214: 3


The center of gravity accounts for the distance.

Work Step by Step

When leaning over, the person is picking the object up far from their center of gravity, which exerts a greater torque on their body. However, squatting with your back vertical leaves your center of mass far closer to the object you are attempting to pick up, causing a lesser torque to be exerted on your body as you attempt to pick it up.
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