Torque AP Practice Problem

1. The 1.0-m-long nonuniform plank has weight 1000 N. It is supported by two rods, A and B, as shown above. The center of mass of the plank is 30 cm from the right edge. Each support bears half the weight of the plank. If support B is 10 cm from the right-hand edge, how far from the left-hand edge should support A be?

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2. torque (clockwise)=torque (counterclockwise)

3. This is a multiple choice question and the choices are : 0 cm, 10 cm, 30 cm, 50 cm, and 70 cm. I have no idea how to do this problem so help would be appreciated.



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The support forces are given as 500 N each. So just use your equation to solve, by summing torques about the right support. Be sure to draw a sketch properly showing all dimensions.
Do you think the questioner could expect a student to solve this problem mentally?

When you've solved the problem formally, look for a simpler way of getting the same result.
Hint - when the support forces are equal, how far is the centre of mass from each support?

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