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Plank Question, please help/Final tomorrow!

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Homework Statement


A horizontal, 10-m plank weighs 100 N. It rests on two supports that are placed 1.0 m from each end as shown in the figure. How close to one end can an 800-N person stand without causing the plank to tip?

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This is kind of difficult to me, please help me understand this

I know the person weighs 800 and there is X distance

so I have 800N from the weight of the person plus 10 N from the weight of the plank on the right side of the fulcrum

800X + 10 N = 90 N (the weight of the rest of the plank)
 

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Isn't the formula F x Dist so that for this case (800 + 10) * X and the length on the other side would be?
 
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Isn't the formula F x Dist so that for this case (800 + 10) * X and the length on the other side would be?
the length of the other side would be 90 meters which equates to 90N
 
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Not good.
On the left we have 90 N * 4.5 m (as we had in October...)
On the right we have
from the person: 800 * (1-X) if X is the distance from the end of the plank
from the plank: 10 N * 0.5 m (Haru's "the rest of the plank")

Now balance the lot and you're done.

Good luck with the exam :)
 

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