# Homework Help: Tipping Force, Torque, Coefficient of Desperation!

1. Feb 23, 2009

### Axoren

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
Some moron kids are trying to tip over a storage bin as shown. The bin weights 6950 N, w = 1.8, h = 2.8, d = 1.85, and theta = 22 degrees. With what force do they need to push in order to tip the bin over?

2. Relevant equations
$$T = R * F * sin(\theta)$$
$$\Sigma\textbf{T = 0}$$

3. The attempt at a solution
I don't want an answer, I want to know where to start... This is the first time I've been given a problem with Torque in the X direction and the Y direction. I just need somewhere to start from... I need help before 10:30, or I'm screwed... (Coefficient of Desperation)

Last edited: Feb 23, 2009
2. Feb 23, 2009

### Staff: Mentor

Post the diagram so we can see what theta refers to.

Hints: What exerts the counter-torque that the kids must overcome? As it begins to tip, where is the pivot point?