A balanced lever has two weights on it, the first with mass #72 kg # and the second with mass #18 kg#. If the first weight is # 6 m# from the fulcrum, how far is the second weight from the fulcrum?

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Apr 27, 2018

Answer:

The distance is #=24m#

Explanation:

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The mass #M_1=72kg#

The mass #M_2=18kg#

The distance #a=6m#

Taking moments about the fulcrum

#M_1xxa=M_2xxb#

#b=(M_1xxa)/(M_2)=(72xx6)/(18)=24m#