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Torque on a uniform beam

  1. Mar 4, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Determine the net torque on the 4.5-m-long uniform beam shown in the figure:
    http://session.masteringphysics.com/problemAsset/1057865/3/GIANCOLI.ch10.p030.jpg" [Broken]

    A) Calculate about point C, the center of mass (CM)

    B)Calculate about point P at one end.

    2. Relevant equations


    3. The attempt at a solution

    In this case I have the answers for the values with the same figure, so I know the summation of forces along this pole must be equal to 8.5 N. From there I multiply the length of my bar to get 38 Nm, which is correct. However, I don't know how to get this from the figure. From there, I have no idea how to get the torque around point p.
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  3. Mar 4, 2009 #2


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    The formula is not correct. It should be the component of force perpendicular to the rod times the distance from the point.

    For the uppermost force, it would be
    Torque = 56*sin(30)*4.5/2
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