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How is an object's center of gravity related to its stability?



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If you gently tip the object and the center of gravity rises, it is in stable equilibrium. An example of this is a cone, base down. If the center of gravity lowers when gently tipped, it is in unstable equilibrium, as with a cone balanced on its tip. If the center of gravity goes neither up nor down, as a cone on its side, it is in neutral equilibrium.

A good conceptual physics source that is easy to read and will help you is: Paul Hewitt "Conceptual Physics" Addison-Wesley

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