# Finding force exerted if you know tension, mass, and distance

astru025

## Homework Statement

Cliff and Will are carrying a uniform 2.0m board of mass 77kg. Will is supporting the board at the end while cliff is 0.6m from the other end as shown in the following figure. Cliff has attached his lunch to his end of the board, and the tension in the string supporting the lunch is 207N. Find the normal forces exerted by Cliff and Will.

## Homework Equations

I can't seem to find an equation or equations to go with this problem. I have the equation for torque which is: meter*mass*9.8 m/s

## The Attempt at a Solution

I don't know where to begin.... Any help would be greatly appreciated !

## Answers and Replies

astru025
A picture to go with the problem.

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For static equilibrium, the forces must add to zero and the moments must add to zero. What are the forces? Assign variables to any forces you don't know the magnitudes of. What directions do the forces act in? What equation can you write to express that the sum of the forces is zero?
Next, pick a point to take moments about. Find the moment of each force about that point and write an equation expressing the fact that the sum of the moments is zero.

astru025
Okay thanks. My book says the forces should add to 1000N.

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Okay thanks. My book says the forces should add to 1000N.

No, all the forces on the board must add to zero. If not, the board will accelerate.
The various images you later posted seem to be for other problems.
Please try to answer the questions in my initial response.

astru025
How do I go about in solving this? Help!!