Last time we introduced the mathematical formula for
We learned that the factors Vectors have both a magnitude, that is, a size or extent, and a direction, and they are typically represented in physics and engineering problems by straight arrows. In our illustration the vector for distance is represented by an orange arrow, while the vector for force is represented by a red arrow. The orange distance vector has a magnitude of 6 inches, while the red force vector has a magnitude of 10 pounds, which is being supplied by the user’s arm muscle manipulating the nut. That muscle force follows a path from the arm to the pivot point located at the center of the nut, a distance of 6 inches. Vector arrows point in a specific direction, a direction which is indicative of the way in which the vectors’ magnitudes — in our case inches of distance vs. pounds of force — are oriented with respect to one another. In our illustration the orange distance vector points away from the pivot point. This is according to engineering and physics convention, which dictates that, when a force vector is acting upon an object to produce a torque, the distance vector always points from the object’s pivot point to the line of force associated with the force vector. The angle, Next we must determine the trigonometric value for For our angle of 90 degrees we find that,
Thus the formula for torque in our example, because the
Next time we’ll insert numerical values into the equation and see how easily torque can be manipulated. _______________________________________ |

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Wednesday, April 2nd, 2014### Vectors, Sin(ϴ), and the Torque Formula

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014
Last time we introduced a physics concept known as and vectors,sin(ϴ).
In this formula, ϴ, or thay-tah, is a Greek symbol used to represent the angle present between the Force and Distance vectors as they interact to create torque. The value of sin(ϴ) depends upon the number of degrees in the angle ϴ. Sin(ϴ) can be found by measuring the angle ϴ, entering its value into a scientific calculator, and pressing the Sin button.We’ll dive into the math behind the vectors next time, when we return to our wrench and nut example and apply vector force quantities.
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