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Welcome to our Physics lesson on More Stable and Less Stable within Neutral, this is the fifth lesson of our suite of physics lessons covering the topic of Centre of Mass. Types of Equilibrium, you can find links to the other lessons within this tutorial and access additional physics learning resources below this lesson.
Consider a cuboid or a cylinder. They both represent examples of neutral equilibrium in all positions because centre of gravity is at the same level as half of object's height. However, there is a big difference regarding the equilibrium of these object dictated by the position in which they are placed on the ground, although in all cases this equilibrium is neutral. Look at the figures below.
In both figures the equilibrium is neutral because the centre of gravity is at halh of the height. However, if the object is placed as shown in the first figure, it is more stable than if it is placed as shown in the second figure because in the first case, the centre of gravity is nearer to the ground. Therefore, there exists a kind of classification regarding stability even within the same category of equilibrium.
In summary, the equilibrium or stability of objects depends of three factors:
You have reached the end of Physics lesson 6.1.5 More Stable and Less Stable within Neutral. There are 6 lessons in this physics tutorial covering Centre of Mass. Types of Equilibrium, you can access all the lessons from this tutorial below.
|Tutorial ID||Physics Tutorial Title||Tutorial||Video|
|6.1||Centre of Mass. Types of Equilibrium|
|Lesson ID||Physics Lesson Title||Lesson||Video|
|6.1.1||What is Centre of Mass?|
|6.1.2||How to Determine the Centre of Mass in Objects?|
|6.1.3||Types of Equilibrium|
|6.1.4||When Does an Object Start Falling Sideways?|
|6.1.5||More Stable and Less Stable within Neutral|
|6.1.6||The Importance of Centre of Mass in Physics|
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