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Moments 3

The following diagrams show the application of the principle of moments to two practical cases a crowbar lifting a rock and a claw hammer being used to remove a nail from a piece of wood.


Consider the forces in the two diagrams above. Notice how the angles are important in both cases.


Figure 3:
Clockwise moment about P = 3 x 15 = 45 Nm
Anticlockwise moment = 45 = Tcos 35 x 1.6
Therefore: T = 34.3 N

Figure 4:
Wx2cos60 = 500x3.5cos60
Therefore W = 875 N and this is independent of the angle!
 

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