The uppper edge af a gate in a dam runs along the water surface. The gate is 2.00 m high and 4.00 m wide and is hinged along a horizontal line trough its center. I have to calculate the torque about the hinge arising from the force due to the water. What I have done so far is to consider the top of the gate as point y=0 , the center as y=1 and the bottom y=2.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

Then I calculate the torque of a thin horizontal strip at a depth y and integrate that over the gate.

Total torque from the top to the center would be

Torque=intergrate(r*g* dy *dA ) or 4*r*g*integrate(y^3)

(where r=density of water or 1.00*10^3 kg/m^3)

from this I get torque to be 9800 N*m

Then I do the same for the gate from height y=1 to y=2

and get -147000

The net torque I get is not the right answer, which is by the way2.61*10^4 N*m

Could someone please give me a hint to what I am doing wrong

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# Homework Help: A dam, torque problem

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