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

  1. Feb 23, 2009 #1
    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
    [tex]T = R * F * sin(\theta)[/tex]
    [tex]\Sigma\textbf{T = 0}[/tex]

    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
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  3. Feb 23, 2009 #2

    Doc Al

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    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?
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