The bar shown is hinged at H and it is in equilibrium. Find the angle
I really don't know were to start, how do I find the angle when i don't know the value of any other sides except for the hypotenuse?
The 20N force can be separated into 2 parts : 20 cos(theta) i + 20 sin(theta)j
The projection on x axis (20 cos(theta)) gives no momentum with respect to H
The projection on y axis (20 sin(theta)) gives a momentum with respect to H equal to 20 sin(theta) x 5
The bar being at equilibrium, this momentum must be equal to the one generated by the 15N force, which is 15 x 1
20 sin(theta) x 5 = 15 x 1
sin(theta) = 3/20 = 0.15
theta = 8.6 deg
Let pivot be at H. Therefore:
You may have forgotten this if you dealt with perpendicular forces mostly, so recall that . Therefore:
Edit: running beat me to it. Although with simple problems like these, I think it's better to deal with torques as scalars.