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Fulcrum and see saws

  1. Oct 21, 2007 #1
    If a person weighing 100 lbs is on a see saw with someone weighing 50 lbs, does the heavier person need to be closer to the fulcrum so that the see saw will balance?
     
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  3. Oct 21, 2007 #2

    hage567

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    What do you think?
     
  4. Oct 21, 2007 #3
    I am so sorry to have asked such a stupid question. I have a medical condition that prevents me from figuring things out as well as I once did. Please forgive me.
     
  5. Oct 21, 2007 #4

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    No need to apologize, it's not a stupid question.
     
  6. Oct 21, 2007 #5
    Whatever the condition was, was the cure a lobotomy?
     
  7. Oct 21, 2007 #6
    no, a lobotomy doesn't help with Multiple Sclerosis.
     
  8. Oct 22, 2007 #7
    Yes. The fat guy needs to sit closer.

    Yes, the fat guy would have to sit closer to the fulcrum. If he weighs twice as much as the anorexic guy, he would have to sit twice as far away from the fulcrum as the fat guy. Therefore, the force of the skinny guy and the fat guy are balanced and they don't drop. Amazing. *happyface*
     
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