   # A person carries a plank of wood 2.00 m long with one hand pushing down on it at one end with a force F 1 and the other hand holding it up at .500 m from the end of the plank with force F 2 . If the plank has a mass of 20.0 kg and its center of gravity is at the middle of the plank, what are the magnitudes of the forces F 1 and F 2 ? ### College Physics

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Paul Peter Urone + 1 other
Publisher: OpenStax College
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## A person carries a plank of wood 2.00 m long with one hand pushing down on it at one end with a force F1 and the other hand holding it up at .500 m from the end of the plank with force F2. If the plank has a mass of 20.0 kg and its center of gravity is at the middle of the plank, what are the magnitudes of the forces F1 and F2?

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The magnitudes of the forces if a person F1 and F2 carries a plank of wood 2.00 m long with one hand pushing down on it at one end with a force F1  and the other hand holding it up at .500 m from the end of the plank with force F2 , the plank has a mass of 20.0 kg and its center of gravity is at the middle of the plank? ### Explanation of Solution

Given:

Mass of plank = 20kg

Length of plank = 2.00 m

Distance between F1 and F2 = 0.5 m

Formula used:

Torque is given by the formula,

T=F×r , where F is the force and r is the perpendicular distance.

Weight, W = mg

Calculation:

For keeping the system in balance, the net torque at CG of plank must be zero.

Net torque in CG of plank

T = F1r1F2r2 =F1×1F2×0.5

Equating to zero,

F1×1F2×0.5=0F10

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