A balanced lever has two weights on it, the first with mass #1 kg # and the second with mass #5 kg#. If the first weight is # 2 m# from the fulcrum, how far is the second weight from the fulcrum?

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Apr 25, 2018

Answer:

The distance is #=0.4m#

Explanation:

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The mass #M_1=1kg#

The mass #M_2=5kg#

The distance #a=2m#

Taking moments about the fulcrum

#M_1xxa=M_2xxb#

#b=(M_1xxa)/(M_2)=(1xx2)/(5)=0.4m#