What is the distribution of forces on a swimming pool springboard?

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In summary, the conversation discusses a straight, horizontal swimming bath spring board of length 4m and weight 300N, freely hinged at A and resting on a roller at B. The directions of forces acting on A and B are shown and the magnitudes of these forces are calculated. The solution involves using the equation for torques with respect to A, but the inclusion of the force RA is questioned as it is not relevant to the torque calculation.
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Homework Statement

The diagram (not included) shows a straight, horizontal swimming bath spring board of length 4m and weight 300N. It is freely hinged at A and rests on a roller at B where AB=1.6m. A boy of weight 400N standard at end C.
a) show directions of forces acting on A and B
b) calculate magnitudes of forces at A and at B

Homework Equations

AB= 1.6m
BC= 2.4m
AC= 4m

The Attempt at a Solution

Weight of board put at centre point (0.4m from B and 2m from C)
RA assigned as reaction force at A
RB assigned as reaction force at B

RA = 700-RB

RA+RB = 700N

This figure for RB simply cannot be right and therefore really isn't helping me!
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(300x2)+(4x400)=RA+(RBx1.6) ---> this is the equation for the torques with respect to A. Why did you include the force RA?

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I assumed RA was required for the anticlockwise moment? is it not?
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RA is force, not torque. What is the torque of RA with respect to A? ehild

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