1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data We recently did a lab where we calculated various torque values for various systems. Basically, we attached mass by a hanger at different areas on a balanced/pivoted meter stick. At the end of the lab, he asks the question "How is the condition for translation equilibrium Fnet = 0 satisfied in this experiment? I think I understand why, but I can't really explain it in a comprehensible manner. 3. The attempt at a solution I believe it is because we're establishing rotational equilibrium and at equilibrium any net force acting on the system is 0 (by definition). But.. how do I explain this? The forces are all different (considering Mass * Acc Due To Gravity), but they even out because they're placed at different distances from the pivot point to put the system into rotational equilibrium.