EXAMPLE PROBLEM ON TORQUE: The Swinging Door
In a hurry to catch a cab, you rush through a frictionless swinging door and onto the sidewalk. The force you extered on the door was 50N, applied perpendicular to the plane of the door. The door is 1.0m wide. Assuming that you pushed the door at its edge, what was the torque on the swinging door (taking the hinge as the pivot point)?
|The pivot point is at the hinges of the door, opposite to
where you were pushing the door. The force you used was 50N, at a distance
1.0m from the pivot point. You hit the door perpendicular to its plane,
so the angle between the door and the direction of force was 90 degrees.
Figure 1 Diagram of Example Problem 1