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Homework Help: Equilibrium with torque

  1. Jul 22, 2013 #1
    Two people are carrying a uniform wooden board that is 4.00 m long and weighs 180N. If one person applies an upward force equal to 80 N at one end, at what point does the other person lift?
    m (distance from point of application of 80 N force)

    I am thinking because of the the fact that the question gives the forces and a distance that I should use the Ʃ torque =0 but I am not sure how to set up the equation, (200)(4)=800 and and either 80x or 80(2)=160 which would create either 800+80x=0 but I don't think that is right at all.

    The answer is 3.6 meters but I have yet to figure out how to reverse engineer it for the problem
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  3. Jul 22, 2013 #2
    First, if one person lifts 80 N, what does the other person have to lift.
    You know where the center of gravity of the board is, yes, and it weighs 180 N.
    So pick a point and figure out the torques about that point.
  4. Jul 22, 2013 #3
    So it should be 180N(4.0m)=720 so 720-80x-100???
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