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Turning effects, moments, levers, determing the magnitude of the force

  1. May 25, 2013 #1
    The figure below shows a section of the human forearm in equilibrium.


    The weight of the object in the hand is 60 N. The centre of gravity of this object is
    32 cm from the elbow. The bicep provides an upward force of magnitude F. The distance between the line of action of this force and the elbow is 3.5 cm. The weight of the forearm is 18 N. The distance between the centre of gravity of the forearm and the elbow is 14 cm.
    By taking moments about the elbow, determine the magnitude of the force F provided by the bicep.

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    I have attempted at the question
    Ʃ of moment in clockwise = Ʃ of moment in anticlockwise
    F1 x S1 + F2 x S2

    F3 xS3

    However, I am rather lost!
    Any help would be great thanks!!
     

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  3. May 25, 2013 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Start by writing down the moments about the elbow.
     
  4. May 25, 2013 #3

    CWatters

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    You seem to have the write approach so not sure why you are lost.

    Especially if you meant to write..

    F1 x S1 + F2 x S2 = F3 x S3
     
  5. May 25, 2013 #4
    My second attempt!!!!

    ƩMc=ƩMA
    F1S1 + F2S2 =F3xS3
    60 x 0.32 + 18x0.14 = F3 x 0.035
    19.2 + 2.52 = 0.035 F3
    22.72= 0.035 F3
    21.62/0.035= F3
    620.6 N = F3

    I am hoping this is right!!!
     
  6. May 27, 2013 #5

    CWatters

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    That's what I make it.
     
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