# p2.3 (2) Flashcards

what is needed for an object to rotate?

a pivot, a force

define a moment

the measure of its turning effect, about a pivot

if the force applied to the object remains constant, how would the moment increase?

increase the perpendicular distance from the pivot

what is the equation to calculate the moment of an object?

force (N) x perpendicular distance from point to force (m)

are moments scalar or vector?

a vector (either anticlockwise or clockwise)

where would the principle of moments be present?

on a see-saw

where any body is in equilibrium

what happens when the principle of moments holds true?

no accelerating = nothing is turning = no resultant moment acting about a point

equation to see an object is in equilibrium (moments)

sum of anticlockwise moments = sum of clockwise moments

what is a key concept to remember when calculating moments?

must take into account PERPENDICULAR distance from pivot

explain what a lever does

- acts as a force multiplier

- so a small effort (force) can be applied to one side + a larger effort is exerted on the opposite side of the pivot

what is mechanical advantage?

a measure of force amplification achieved by a tool

so a lever’s mechanical advantage must always be greater than 1

equation to calculate mechanical advantage (of a lever)?

MALE

effort

explain how a gear acts

- as a moment multiplier

how do gears multiply moments?

as the perpendicular distance changed from the load to the pivot (radius of pivot)

FORCE STAYS SAME

equation to calculate mechanical advantage (of a gear)?

OI

input cog radius

again, must be greater than 1 (is a multiplier)