Physics Lesson 6.1.4 - When Does an Object Start Falling Sideways?

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When Does an Object Start Falling Sideways?

There are some examples in which objects are leaned but they still don't fall sideways (Leaning Tower of Pisa for instance). In other examples, objects start falling sideways despite they apparently seem at vertical position.

As long as the vertical line drawn from the centre of gravity falls inside the lower base of the object, it doesn't fall sideways. When the object leans at such an extent that the vertical line drawn from the object's centre of gravity falls outside its lower base, the object falls sideways. Look at the figure:

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6.1.4When Does an Object Start Falling Sideways?
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