Lab 2 - PHYSICS LABORATORY REPORT Equilibrium of a Rigid...

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PHYSICS LABORATORY REPORT Equilibrium of a Rigid Body Tanisha Billups
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October 8, 2008 Objective of the Experiment: The purpose of this experiment is to study the two conditions of the equilibrium of a rigid body. Theory: In this experiment, the ideal concept of a rigid body was explored through equilibrium. For the body to be in equilibrium, two conditions must be satisfied. The first condition is that the sum of all the forces must equal zero. In other words, the vector sum of the forces in the x (horizontal) and y (vertical) directions must be equal to zero. The sum of the torques equaling zero is the second condition. The system is usually rotated about an axis perpendicular to the plane containing the forces. Since the system is rotated, the difference between the counterclockwise torque and the clockwise torque should be zero. Applying those concepts for this experiment, weights will be suspended from a meter stick and the center of gravity will be analyzed. The center of gravity was also an important concept. It is the average location
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This note was uploaded on 05/01/2011 for the course HPHY 154 taught by Professor Bak during the Fall '08 term at Morehouse.

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