A balanced lever has two weights on it, the first with mass #14 kg # and the second with mass #29 kg#. If the first weight is # 3 m# from the fulcrum, how far is the second weight from the fulcrum?

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Dec 13, 2015

Answer:

I found #1.4m#

Explanation:

As a roule of thumb consider the ratio of masses;
in this case you can compare the masses and see if there is a relation between them: in this case one is twice the other so the distance should be half.

In your case (to be more precise) you can consider the resultant of the torques:

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