You need relative distance, not actual distance. The actual length has nothing to do with it, except perhaps it would change the bridge's newtons.
A hiker who weights 985 N is strolling thru the woods and crosses a small horizontal bridge. The bridge is uniform, weights 3610N and rests on two concrete supports, one at each end. He stops 1/5th of the way along the bridge. What is the magnitude of the force that a concrete support exerts on the bridge First at the near end and at the for end???
How do I do this with no length of the bridge.
I am lost on this one.
Can someone help please.
I know he goes 1/5th, but how does that give me a distance??
= upward support force on the far end of the bridge
forces up = forces down
let the near end be the pivot point ...
torque clockwise = torque counter-clockwise
note that each term has L = bridge length as a factor ... like I said previously, they will all cancel.
all set up ... solve the system.
I am still in the fog. I do appreciate the help. I am really lost on this one.
Thanks for helping, I will write down what you gave.
I kinda understand, but I don't. One of those things, tonight nothing has been clicking like it should, but this one was a good one.