# Stuck on Torque Question (W/ Picture)

1. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
A uniform beam of 6.6 meters with a weight of 42.67 Newtons is pinned to a wall and supports a weight of 19.62 Newtons.The beam is angled up at 16 degrees and the right end of the beam is supported by a cable attached to the other side of the wall. Find the value of; Tension of the cable, horizontal Pin Joint Force, vertical Pin Joint Force, and the resultant of the H and V force components (where the angle is measured counter clockwise from the horizontal).

2. Relevant equations
I am not sure how to start this problem I only know that summing the forces in the x, y and torque direction will be used.

3. The attempt at a solution
I tried summing the forces

$$\sum$$x = H-T=0 ---- so H=T ????? (but what are the numbers)

$$\sum$$y = V - 42.67Newtons(weight of beam) - 19.62Newtons(weight at end) = 0 (am I missing any???) This would give me V= 62.29 Newtons

(If pin joint is the pivot point)
$$\sum$$$$\tau$$ = H(0)+V(0)-42.67N(3.3cos16)-19.62N(6.6cos16)+T=0
I don't know if this one is right, something does not seem right with the tension part.
If this is right that would make the Tension = 259.8N ; which seems too much

And because T=H I would think that H would also equal 259.8 Newtons

The last part I have no idea what to do.

2. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Good. Don't worry about the numbers. You'll solve for the numbers by combining all three equations.

Good.

You forgot the moment arm for the tension force. You need the torque due to the tension force, not just the force.

3. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

So it would be

H(0)+V(0)-42.67N(3.3cos16)-19.62N(6.6cos16)+T(6.6cos16) or T(6.6sin16)=0

4. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Well, which is it? Which gives the perpendicular distance to the line of force? The tension acts horizontally.

5. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

um, if this was a test I probably would have to go with cos , but I would not be sure.

6. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

H(0)+V(0)-42.67N(3.3cos16)-19.62N(6.6cos16)+T(6.6cos16)=0

T= 40.955 Newtons

7. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

But you used cosine for the other forces, which were vertical. What's the difference?

Perhaps you should review calculating torques: Torque Calculation

8. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

I think that I get it now so (vertical cosine / horizontal sine) ----

H(0)+V(0)-42.67N(3.3cos16)-19.62N(6.6cos16)+T(6.6sin16)=0

T= 142.8 Newtons

How do I start the last part?

9. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

What's the last part? Finding the resultant?

You found T, H, and V. Now find the resultant of H and V. (Remember that these are just horizontal and vertical components of some resultant force. Use right triangle geometry to solve for the resultant and the angle it makes.)

10. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

11. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

I am getting 155.89 Newtons

12. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Absolutely.

13. Dec 9, 2007

### tachu101

thanks so much

14. Dec 9, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

Don't forget to figure out what angle it makes. (I think they want that specified, not just the magnitude.)