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Torque Formula

When anyone hears the term torque, it is most probably in relation to the automobiles. Torque tells us how powerful a car really is. The question is, what it exactly means. Let us learn torque formula in detail.

What is Torque

Torque refers to the twisting force that causes motion. It also refers to the turning effect. Furthermore, the point of the rotation of the object is called the axis of rotation. Individuals make use of this force without realizing this fact.

torque formula
In order to find a linear force, the mass and acceleration must be known. However, this force is certainly slightly different. This is due to the involvement of rotation.

Torque Formula

T = F × r × sinθ

T = torque

F = linear force

r = distance measured from the axis of rotation to where the application of linear force takes place

theta = the angle between F and r

In this formula, sin(theta) has no units, r has units of meters (m), and F happens to have units of Newtons (N). Combining these together, one can see that a unit of this force is a Newton-meter (Nm).

The Formula Derivation

The SI unit for torque happens to be the newton-meter (N⋅m).

Now let’s find the formula or expression.

Rate of change of Angular Momentum in relation to time = ΔL/ΔT

Now, ΔL/ΔT = Δ(I ω)/ΔT = I. Δω/ΔT ……. (1) Here I is certainly the constant when mass and shape of the object are unchanged

Now Δω/ΔT refers to the rate of change of angular velocity with time i.e. angular acceleration (α).

So from equation 4 one can write, ΔL/ΔT = I α …………………(2)

I (moment of inertia) refers to the rotational equivalent of mass(inertia) of linear motion. Similarly, angular acceleration α (alpha) certainly refers to the rotational motion equivalent of linear acceleration.

So from equation 5 one can get, ΔL/ΔT = τ ……………………. (6) this certainly states that the rate of change of angular momentum with time is called Torque.

Torque (T) refers to the moment of force. Τ = r x F = r F sinθ ……………. (3)

F is the force Vector and r refers to the position vector

θ happens to be the angle between the force vector and the lever arm vector. ‘x’ certainly denotes the cross product.

Τ = r F sin θ = r ma sinθ = r m αr sinθ = \(mr^2\). α sinθ = I α sinθ = I X α ……………………… (4)
[α is angular acceleration, I refers to the moment of inertia and X denotes cross product.]

T = I α (from equation 4)
or, T = I (ω21)/t [here α = angular acceleration = time rate of change of the important angular velocity = (ω2 – ω1)/t where ω2 and ω1 happen to be the final and initial angular velocities and t is the time gap]
or, T t = I (ω21) ……………………(5)

when, T = 0 (i.e., net torque is zero),
I (ω21) = 0
i.e., I ω2=I ω1 ………….. (6)

Solved Example on Torque Formula

Q1. A car mechanic applies a force of 800 N to a wrench for the purpose of loosening a bolt. He applies the force which is perpendicular to the arm of the wrench. The distance from the bolt to the mechanic’s hand is 0.40 m. Find out the magnitude of the torque applied?

Answer: The angle between the moment the arm of the wrench and the force is without a doubt 90°, and sin 90° θ = 1. The torque is:

T = F × r × sinθ
Therefore, magnitude of the torque = (800N) (0.4m) = 320 N∙m
Hence, the magnitude of the torque is 320 N∙m.

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