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Homework Help: Farmer Lever problem

  1. Nov 18, 2005 #1
    A farmer uses a lever to list a 210kg rock so he can remove it from the field. The distance, l1, from the lever's handle to the fulcrum is 9 times the distance, l2, from the fulcrum to the rock.
    Assume: the fulcrum is between the rock and the handle. the weight of the lever is negligible.
    What is the minimum force the farmer must exert on the lever in order to lift the rock?

    I have no idea how to approach this problem. Can anyone give me some pointers so i can look for stuff in my book or online. what section would this kind of problem fall in.

    thanks in advance
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  3. Nov 18, 2005 #2


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    Why not google on "using levers with fulcrum" (omit the quotes) ?
  4. Dec 17, 2005 #3
    It is not hard if you use elementary algebra ....
    Let x be the distance from rock to fulcrum, then 9x is from handle to fulcrum

    Hence, F times 9x = 2100x

    F = 233.3N
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