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Who was the first to define torque?

  1. Dec 4, 2009 #1
    ans waht year was it?
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    Is this for homework? What is the context of your question?
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  5. Dec 5, 2009 #4
    I too have the doubt.. The wiki article doesn't explain it in detail. If it started with archimedes, when did the definition begin to include the cross product of force and distance?
    I remember someone here saying that the scariest thing in science according to him is torque (the thread was active a few weeks before). I share a part of that fear. :)
  6. Dec 5, 2009 #5


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    Hmm..this belongs to the first post-Newtonian generation, particularly the works by Daniel Bernoulli and Leonard Euler.


    Euler's second law of rotational motion says that the sum of external moments equals the rate of change of the object's angular momentum.
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