M=Fl solve a Moments problem (force X distance)

1. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

1. The problem statement, all variables and given

http://imgur.com/kxALo8w

with how much force is the wire pinched?

2. Relevant equations
M=Fl

3. The attempt at a solution

I don't know how I am supposed to do this. This is my attempt:

0,15 * 20 = 3Nm

and now what?

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2. May 25, 2016

Staff: Mentor

Use the same formula again. This time you know torque and distance and want to get the force.

3. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

but the force is 20 and 20 so I donät know what to do..

4. May 25, 2016

Staff: Mentor

Forget the 20 N force, you used that to calculate torque, it is not necessary any more. Yes you have the force from both sides, but you also want to apply it on both sides at the wire, so that doesn't matter.

You have a torque of 3 Nm and you use it to apply a force at a distance of 1.5 cm. What is the force?

5. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

the force is 200N but I dont understand why thats how it is done

6. May 25, 2016

Staff: Mentor

Because M=F*l works.

Alternatively, consider the lever arms. They have a length ratio of 10:1, so force has a ratio of 1:10. You can apply a force of 200 N on the wire from both sides.

7. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

hmm O am confused :/ what if i did it like this:

20* 0,015=F*0,15

This force is not 200N

8. May 25, 2016

SammyS

Staff Emeritus
It looks like 200N to me !

9. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

it is 2N

10. May 25, 2016

SammyS

Staff Emeritus
I didn't look closely enough.

You switched things up compared to post #1.

11. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

yes thats the thing. why don't I get 200 N in my second attempt? I think the problem is is that I don't understand the scenario to begin with I just can't seem to grasp it :(...

12. May 25, 2016

Staff: Mentor

You swapped the distances, they should be at the other side of the equal sign, respectively.

13. May 25, 2016

SammyS

Staff Emeritus

The pliers have two major pieces plus the pin as a pivot (fulcrum).

Each handle has a jaw at the other end, all one piece.

I have one such handle & jaw piece highlighted.

The 20N force (upward) on that handle produces a counter-clockwise torque, 3Nm, on that piece. The object in the jaw must produce a clockwise torque of 3Nm to have rotational equilibrium.

The torque pair on the other piece (handle &jaw) is totally independent from this. However, if the forces on the second piece don't cancel those on the first piece, the whole apparatus (pliers) will accelerate.

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14. May 25, 2016

Drizzy

I get it now!!! thank you so much for your explanation :)