Derive an expression for the torque applied by the adult rider on the left in terms of given quantities

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You have been hired to design a family-friendly see-saw. Your design will feature a uniform board (mass M, length L) that can be moved so that the pivot is a distance d from the center of the board. This will allow riders to achieve static equilibrium even if they are of different mass, as most people are. You have decided that each rider will be positioned so that his/her center of mass will be a distance x offset from the end of the board when seated.

You have selected a child of mass m on the right and an adult of mass n times the mass of the child on the left to test out your prototype.

a) Derive an expression for the torque applied by the adult rider on the left in terms of given quantities and variables available in the palette. Assume counterclockwise is positive.

b) Derive an expression for the torque applied by the child rider on the right in terms of given quantities and variables in the palette. Assume counterclockwise is positive.

c) Derive an expression for the torque applied by the board in terms of given quantities and available in the palette.

d) Determine the distance d in terms of n,g and the masses and lengths in the problem.

e) Determine the magnitude of the force exerted on the pivot point by the see-saw while in use in terms of given quantities and variables in the palette.

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