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    Rotational Equilibrium: Seesaw with Three Bodies

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    On the seesaw shown to the right (see attachment), mass A is 60 kg. mass B is 30 kg, and mass C is 10 kg. Mass A is 1.0m from the pivot. Mass C is 3.0m from the pivot. The see saw is at an angle of 30 degrees from the horizontal. Calculate the torques of mass A and mass C about the pivot. Where you should place mass B in relation to the pivot for the system to be in rotational equilibrium. (I.e. there is no net torque on the system)?

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    The torque is the rotational effect of a force and is given by the product of force and the perpendicular distance of the line of action of the force from the axis of rotation called lever arm.
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    The position of the third mass is determined for rotational equilibrium.