1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data In a typical herbivore, the max magnitude of the force T (temporalis muscle) is 1/10 the max magnitude of the force M (masseter and pterygoideus muscles). a) Assuming that there is a force at the joint, would it be expected that the animal would exert the largest biting force near the front or back of the jaw? b) In a carnivore the max value of T is twice that of M. Would it be expected the max biting force to be extended further from or closer to the jaw joint than the herbivore? 2. Relevant equations Net torque = 0, net force = 0 3. The attempt at a solution I pretty much have no idea here :tongue:. I figured that for a) the biting force would be largest at the back of the jaw for the herbivore, while for b), the biting force would be further from the jaw joint for a carnivore than for a herbivore. The problem i'm having is understanding why this would be. Would torques be an explanation why the biting force is what it is, or is there other reasons as well, and do I even have the right response here for the questions? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance.