## Three children want to play on a see saw that is 6 meters long and has a fulcrum in the middle. Two of the children are twins and weigh 40 k

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Three children want to play on a see saw that is 6 meters long and has a fulcrum in the middle. Two of the children are twins and weigh 40 kg each and sit on the same side at a distance 2m and 3m away from the fulcrum. The other child weighs 80 kg. How far away should he sit from the fulcrum so that the see saw is balanced

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## Answers ( )

1. Given Information:

mass of child 1 = m₁ = 40 kg

distance from fulcrum of child 1 = d₁ = 2 m

mass of child 2 = m₂ = 40 kg

distance from fulcrum of child 2 = d₂ = 3 m

mass of child 3 = m₃ = 80 kg

Required Information:

distance from fulcrum of child 3 = d₃ = ?

distance from fulcrum of child 3 = 2.5 m

Explanation:

In order to balance the see-saw, the moment of force should be same on both sides of the fulcrum.

Since 2 children are sitting on one side and only 1 on the other side

F₁d₁ + F₂d₂ = F₃d₃

Where Force is given by

F = mg

m₁gd₁ + m₂gd₂ = m₃gd₃

m₁d₁ + m₂d₂ = m₃d₃

Re-arrange the equation for d₃

m₃d₃ = m₁d₁ + m₂d₂

d₃ = (m₁d₁ + m₂d₂)/m₃

d₃ = (40*2 + 40*3)/80

d₃ = 2.5 m

Therefore, the child on the other side should sit 2.5 m from the fulcrum so that the see-saw remains balanced.