1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Here is my assignment: For this inquiry, you will be using your meter stick, some string, some weights of known mass, and the spring force gauge from your kits. Here's the question to answer: what is the mass of the meter stick? You can't measure the mass directly! That's forbidden, but you can use what you know about torques to answer the question. Some hints: hang the meter stick from some point that is not the center. use the spring force gauge to impart a torque In a document called "meter stick mass", clearly explain your method and include a picture of your experimental setup. After you have done the experiment, compare your mass gained by the torque method to the actual mass of the meter stick. 2. Relevant equations So I know I am supposed to use torque to figure this out. Torque=distance from center of mass times force Also F=ma 3. The attempt at a solution So if I were to hang the meter stick at the 25 cm mark, that would make the mass of the ruler three times heavier on one side than the other. So if I were to hang a weight on one end, and a weight on the other, I could take the difference, and that would be the difference in the weights of the two parts of the meterstick. Example: Lets say I hung a weight of four on the long end, and it took a weight of six on the short end to balance. I subtract these and get 2. So if the difference is two in the weights of the weights that I hung, wouldn't that be the difference in the weights of the two sections of the meterstick? So in this case it would be 3 N on the long end and 1N on the short end. Is that right?