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Homework Help: Torque second condition of equilibrium problem

  1. Nov 5, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Two men are carrying a 25.0 ft telephone pole that weighs 200.0 lb. If the center of gravity of the pole is 10.0 ft from the right end, and the men lift the pole at the ends, how much weight must each man support?

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

    (M1X1)+(M2X2) = 200 lb

    I'm really confused here..
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 5, 2009 #2
    A torque cannot equal a force. That's dimensionally inconsistent.

    What net torque is acting on the pole as it is being carried? Remember that the net torque is the vector sum of all the torques acting on it individually.
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