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Homework Help: Archived Help with internal moments = external moments

  1. Nov 1, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Internal moments need to equal external moments, work out the total of the internal moments. The object has a mass of 2 kg


    2. Relevant equations

    I have obtained

    the moment about I (labelled as MI) + Iα

    3. The attempt at a solution

    the moment about I (MI)

    Force in y direction = 2 kg x 12m/s^2 = 24 N.m
    Force in x direction = 2 kg x 30m/s^2 = 60 N.m

    (Force y x moment arm x) = 24N.m x 5m = 120 N
    (Force x x moment arm y) = 60 N.m x 10m = 600N

    120N - 600N = -480 N

    Iα = 3kg.m^2 x 10 rad/s^2 = 30 N

    sorry I know I may have the units all jumbled

    So the total internal moments = 600N + 30N = 630 N

    the crunch for me is I dont actually get why the internal moment consists of Iα and the moment about point I.

    What is Iα actually telling me ? I interpret it to mean that an object offers I resistance to being moved and it is moving at α, therefore it's force is Iα.

    But if that is telling me the torque about that point why do we need to calculate the moment about the point as well to get the internal moment ?

  2. jcsd
  3. Oct 23, 2016 #2
    I came up with -60 N because inertial reaction force is to the left, and force is expressed in newtons.
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