# Finding the magnitude of the moment on a pipe wrench

**1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data**

A force of 56 pounds acts on the pipe wrench shown.

find the magnitude of the moment about O by evaluating || OA x F ||

**2. Relevant equations**

|| OA x F ||

**3. The attempt at a solution**

First I tried to find my vector component for Force which I got

-56 [ cos(30)i + sin(30)j ]

Since my force on wrench is 56 pounds and it is in a downward vertical I used F=-56

To which my vector for F simplified to =

-28sqrt(3)i -28j

Now I needed to find a component vector from O to A.

Which I initially thought would be

0i+0j +(3/2)k

Since 3/2 ft (18in) is how long my wrench is?

after I get my two vector components I use the cross product and find the magnitude. I just needed some guidance on my vectors for F and vector(OA)

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