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Torque Figure 12.7. Motion of particle P in the x-y plane. A particle with mass m moves in the x-y plane (see Figure 12.7). A single force F acts on the particle and the angle between the force and the position vector is [phi]. Per definition, the torque exerted by this force on the mass, with respect to the origin of our coordinate system, is given by and where r [invtee] is called the arm of the force F with respect to the origin. According to the definition
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Unformatted text preview: of the vector product, the vector [tau] lies parallel to the z-axis, and its direction (either up or down) can be determined using the right-hand rule. Torque defined in this way has meaning only with respect to a specified origin. The direction of the torque is always at right angles to the plane formed by the vectors r and F. The torque is zero if r = 0 m, F = 0 N or r is parallel or anti-parallel to F....
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