What is torque?

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Jun 5, 2016

Answer:

Torque is the rotational analogue of force. It is the equivalent of force which makes a body rotate about some axis.

Explanation:

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As you may see, it's the equivalent of force which makes the nut rotate about it's axis.

Mathematically, Torque, #tau = r*F*Sin theta#, where #r# is the length of the rotating arm, #F# is the force and #theta# is the angle between the two.

Torque is a vector, i.e. it has a direction associated with it. It is the cross product of vectors #vec r# and #vec F#.

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