The bar shown in the diagram below pivots about point P. Forces F1 and F2 are applied at the points shown. If F1 and F2 are equal in magnitude then which of the following is true?

F2 exerts a greater torque on the bar than F1.

Explanation

The torque exerted on the bar is a product of the force and the distance of the force from the pivot point: $$\text { Torque }=\text { Force } \times \text { Distance }$$ . Since both forces are equal, the one further away from the pivot point, F2, exerts a greater torque.