Posted by **jane** on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 9:11am.

a 60 kg object is attached to one end of a 40 kg steel tube 2.4 m long. what is the distance from the loaded end to the balance?

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**bobpursley**, Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11:09am
I don't know what "to the balance" means. Do you mean the fulcum to the load?

summing moments about the "one end"

down forces=40+60=100kg

up forces at the fulcrum 100kg

summing moments about the end.

40(2.4/2)+60x-100y=0 where x is the distance from the end to the load, and y is the distance from the end to the fulcrum.

summing moments about the fulcrum:

40(1.2-y)=60(y-x) draw the picture to see that.

so you now have two equations, two unknowns, solve for x

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