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Torque/ Equilibrium Question

  1. Jul 16, 2006 #1
    hello everyone

    I recently started learning about torque and I'm having a lot of trouble with the first 2 questions. Can someone help me out with the first two questions?

    btw, I don't quite understand how to draw the free body diagram for the first question.

    PS the questions are located on the attachments

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  3. Jul 17, 2006 #2


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    Try considering just one 'leg' of the tripod
  4. Jul 17, 2006 #3
    can someone help me out please?

    I'm really stuck.
  5. Jul 17, 2006 #4


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    For the first one:
    Each leg of the tripod needs to support one third of the object's weight. Keep in mind that this force is being applied strictly vertical
  6. Jul 17, 2006 #5
    I still don't quite get it.
  7. Jul 17, 2006 #6


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    Lets start at the bottom of one leg. What forces do you indentify and in what direction are they?
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