Consider image below. The weight of the fire-fighter is 840 N. What is the torque of the fire-fighter's weight about P and what is the value of the force C which cancels out the torque?

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    $\begingroup$ Please check out the FAQ, specifically, "However, we do not allow certain kinds of questions: "Do my homework"-type physics questions "A 4kg ball is traveling at 8m/s in the x direction, how do I find..."" $\endgroup$ May 24, 2011 at 13:44
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  • $\begingroup$ all we will (possibly) give to you are hints, but first you have to provide some details what you have tried so far. In case you don't have a clue where to start, look at wikipedia's entry on torque, and don't forget to use good ol' pythagoras $\endgroup$ May 24, 2011 at 15:01
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    May 24, 2011 at 20:15

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The answer to both your questions are hinted at or can be worked out from the equation: (Horizontal_Force_C) x 12m = (FF_weight) x 5m. You get this equation by summing up the moments around P and setting that sum = 0. You could pick any number of points about which to sum these moments, but point 'P' is the obvious choice for ease of setting up the problem and performing calculations.


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