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Interesting torque problem!

  1. Nov 20, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    In procedure 3, you balance the ruler. If the density of the ruler increases without changing its dimensions, the ruler will...

    →still be balanced
    →be unbalanced, but the direction depends on the hanging mass, the mass of the ruler, and distances
    →tip away from m
    →tip toward m

    In my lab report, it says that I need to balance the ruler at the 40 cm mark and then, adjust the mass to the left to make the ruler balanced.

    2. The attempt at a solution

    I said that the ruler will tip away from m, contrast to the ruler hung at the center 50 cm mark, but I'm not sure if that is true.
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  3. Nov 21, 2012 #2


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    Replace the ruler with massless ruler and an equivalent mass hanging from its center of gravity.
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2012
  4. Nov 21, 2012 #3
    The centre of gravity will not move to another point when its density is increased - look at the formula for calculating the coordinates of the centre of gravity - this is what CWatters suggests in effect just worded differently.
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