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Homework Help: Calculate the net torque about the axle of a wheel

  1. Nov 27, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Could someone explain this problem a little better to me.

    Calculate the net torque about the axle of the wheel shown in Fig. 8-39. Assume that a friction torque of 0.45 m·N opposes the motion and that F = 18.

    *see attachment for picture.

    I'm confused as how a wheel can have to forces (28N and 18N) on it in different directions on it at the same time.
    Also, the 35N force looks like it is tangential to the smaller wheel, so do I have to use the 135 degrees in finding it's torque?

    Torque equation: T=rFsin()
    r=lever arm

    Thanks in advance.

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  3. Nov 27, 2007 #2
    Torque is actually a cross product of r x F. To find the magnitude we've got:

    [tex]\tau = rFsin(\theta)[/tex] Where theta is the angle between the moment arm (r) and the force.

    So will the 135 degrees be an issue on the 35N force? It looks like the 35N force is tangential from the smaller radius.
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