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    Friction: Condition for slipping or toppling

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    A cube of side L = 1.40 m rests on a rough floor. It is subjected to a steady horizontal pull, F, exerted a distance h = 0.82 m above the floor as shown in figure below. As F is increased, the block will either begin to slide, or begin to tip over. What must be the coefficient of static friction μs so that the block begins to slide rather than tip?

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    Solution Summary

    A block is pulled on a rough horizontal surface. The condition of toppling or slipping with increase in force is discussed and the corresponding coefficient of friction is calculated.