Problem 13.4: Analyze a box pulled by a rope

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A 10-kg box sits on a table as shown in the animation. A rope is attached to the box, and you pull the rope to the right with a certain force. Assume that the coefficient of static friction is great enough so that the box doesn't slip first (position is given in meters). Restart.

  1. What minimum force will make the box tip?
  2. What is the minimum value of the coefficient of static friction for the box NOT to slide before tipping?
  3. If you would like to apply a greater force to the box, yet minimize the risk of tipping, what should you do?

Problem authored by Aaron Titus.

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