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Chain Torque problem

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Homework Statement


A horizontal uniform board of weight 125N and length 4m is supported by vertical chains at the ends. A person weighing 500N is sitting on the board. The tension in the right chain is 250N.
How far from the left chain is the person sitting?


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The Attempt at a Solution


Well I've calculated that the left chain has a tension of 375N as to be able to hold the person-board system in equilibrium. But now they want to know how far the person is from the left chain. I know this requires the balancing of torque, but I'm not sure how.
Thanks for helping out!
 

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rl.bhat
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Now take the torque about the left.
Consider the man sitting at a distance x from the left end.
Equate clockwise moment and counterclockwise moment to find x.
 

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