# SOLUTION: How far from the fulcrum of a teeterboard must an 80-pound boy sit to balance a 50-pound boy who is 4 feet from the fulcrum?

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 Question 597437: How far from the fulcrum of a teeterboard must an 80-pound boy sit to balance a 50-pound boy who is 4 feet from the fulcrum?Answer by math-vortex(472)   (Show Source): You can put this solution on YOUR website!Hi, there-- . To solve this problem, we use the lever principle. A lever can be set up with unequal weights placed at different distances from the fulcrum (balancing point.) Here the lever is a teeterboard. [I] Define the variables is the weight of the larger boy = 80 lbs. is the larger boy's distance from the fulcrum. is the weight of the smaller boy = 50 lbs. is the smaller boy's distance from the fulcrum = 4 ft. . In order for the teeterboard to be balanced, the following equation must be satisfied. . Substitute the values you know into the equation and solve for . In order to balance the teeterboard, the larger boy must sit 2.5 feet from the fulcrum. . That's it. Feel free to email me via gmail if the explanation is unclear. . Ms.Figgy math.in.the.vortex@gmail.com