Moments -- How are they actually calculated? Hello, I have a question. Is the moment calculated: Force times the distance or Force's perpendicular component (to axis) times the distance. For example, lets say I have a stick. Pulling on it is not moment. So if I push at the stick to an angle, the way I calculate the force that the other side is applying is by taking the perpendicular component of my Fa and multiplying it by the distance. Is that correct?