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Counterbalance equation

  1. Sep 15, 2008 #1

    I can't remember the equation for counterbalance using a fulcrum. I have a ladder that I need to counterbalance at 3'-6" from the top.

    Can anyone help me with this?

    Thank you,
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  3. Sep 15, 2008 #2


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    Hi Sandy! Welcome to PF! :smile:

    Use equality of moments … moment = force times (perpendicular) distance. :smile:
  4. Sep 16, 2008 #3


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    Welcome to the PF, Sandy. Is this question for schoolwork? If so, I can move the thread to the PF's Homework Help section, where homework/coursework questions should be posted. If your question is a general question for your home or work, then it can probably stay here in the general forums. The Rules link at the top of the page outlines what kinds of posts go where.

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