Dam gate force

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A false mud gate made of common steel for a damn is 6'6" wide, 21'1" tall, and 1/2" thick. Assume a constant density throughout. What is the required force to lift this gate if it were laying flat on the ground and a hoist was attached to the center of gravity? also where is its center of gravity?


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Can anyone help me get started on this at least? It would be great if you could, thanks.


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PhanthomJay
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Calculate the volume of the steel gate in cubic feet. Steel weighs about 490 lbs/cu ft. The lifting force of the hoist must be equal to the gate's weight in order to lift it slowly off the ground.
 
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Okay i have the force now, how would i find the center of gravity?
 

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