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This video uses a series of examples and student-active segments to investigate the concepts of torque and equilibrium. The primary context is balance in the human body. Students are involved in partner activities, brainstorms, and problem-solving segments as the video progresses.

Learning Objectives

After watching this video students will be able to:

  • Draw torque diagrams
  • Practice setting up torque problems
  • Determine whether someone can balance


Funding provided by the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD)

Developed by the Teaching and Learning Laboratory (TLL) at MIT for SUTD

MIT © 2012

Related Resources

Instructor Guide

This resource may not render correctly in a screen reader.Torque Instructor Guide (PDF)

It is highly recommended that the video is paused when prompted so that students are able to attempt the activities on their own and then check their solutions against the video.

During the video, students will:

  • Participate in physical activities involving torque and balance
  • Answer formative assessment questions
  • Create torque diagrams
  • Discuss and explain a chair-lifting trick

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