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Here is the problem:

In San Francisco a very simple technique is used to turn around a cable car when it reaches the end of its route. The car rolls onto a turntable, which can rotate about a vertical axis through its center. Then, two people push perpendicularly on the car, one at each end, as in the drawing. The turntable is rotated one-half of a revolution to turn the car around. If the length of the car is 8.20 m and each person pushes with a 195-N force, what is the net torque applied to the car? (Use the randomzed force given in red above for your calculations, not the 185 N force labeled in the figure.)

http://www.webassign.net/CJ/09_04.gif (That is the picture)

I am confused about how to use the "one-half of a revolution turn" into the problem. I know that one revolution is 360 degrees, and a half is 180 degrees. Am I correct in making that statement based on the one-half of a revolution turn statement?

Please help.