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I'm really confused at this, say you're holding a massless ruler / stick and there is a mass (m) on it at a distance d from your hand. If you move the mass to 2d from your hand, would you have to apply twice the force as before, or quadruple to keep it stable?

I know torque = r cross F. F is constant (mg), so the force you would have to apply should be twice if you move it to 2d. But my teacher said it is quadruple because the rotational inertia of the stick would be m(2d)^2 which is 4 times the rotational inertia as before.

Can anybody explain to me if the force would have to be twice or 4 times as before?

Again NOT a homework problem, I just thought of this.

Some equations and math would be nice too.

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# Torque, force and rotational acceleration

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