At what speed will a car flip over when it slides side-ways into a curb? The angular momentum of the car will depend on its initial speed, the height of the curb, and the height of the center-of-mass (CM) of the car. If we approximate the car as having all its mass located at its CM, then its initial angular momentum relative to the top of the curb is. [Extracted from the article]
Original Publication Citation
Weinstein, L. (2020). Solutions for Fermi questions, January 2020: Question 1: Car flip; question 2: A mole of people. Physics Teacher, 58(1), 533-534. doi:10.1119/1.5141955
Weinstein, Larry, "Solutions for Fermi Questions, January 2020: Question 1: Car Flip; Question 2: A Mole of People" (2020). Physics Faculty Publications. 413.