This Geogebra app allows students to explore how the position of the centre of gravity as well as the width of its base affect the stability of an object.
This simple demonstration can be done anywhere at home using the following items:
- an empty glass
- a toothpick
- two forks
The video below demonstrates how to do it. When the forks are balanced on the mouth of the glass with the toothpick, the centre of gravity of the forks-and-toothpick system will adjust itself so that it lies vertically below the pivoting point. This is possible because the forks form a V-shape within which the centre of gravity can exist.