Getting a Handle on Torque - Directions

The Getting a Handle on Torque Concept Builder is comprised of 36 questions. The questions are divided into 12 different question groups. Questions in the same group are rather similar to one another. The Concept Builder is coded to select at random a question from each group until a student is successful with that group of questions.

There are four levels of difficulty by which the student can progress through the Concept Builder. Those four difficulty levels are differentiated as follows:

• Ground Floor:  Question Groups 1-3
• Apprentice Level: Question Groups 4-6
• Masters Level: Question Groups 7-9
• Wizard Level: QuestionGroups 10-12

The questions from each group are shown below. Teachers are encouraged to view the questions in order to judge which level of difficulty is most appropriate for their classes. We recommend doing all four difficulty levels, with the possible exception of skipping the first. None of the questions take much time and all provide a wonderful feel for the concept of torque and its ability to cause a rotation about the fulcrum if unbalanced by an opposing torque.

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Difficulty Level:  Ground Floor
Question Group #1
Question 1
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 2
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 3
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #2
Question 4
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 5
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 6
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #3
Question 7
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 8
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 9
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Difficulty Level:  Apprentice
Question Group #4
Question 10
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 11
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 12
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #5
Question 13
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 14
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 15
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #6
Question 16
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 17
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 18
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Difficulty Level:  Master
Question Group #7
Question 19
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 20
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 21
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #8
Question 22
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 23
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 24
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #9
Question 25
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 26
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 27
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Difficulty Level:  Wizard
Question Group #10
Question 28
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 29
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 30
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #11
Question 31
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 32
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 33
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question Group #12
Question 34
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 35
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.

Question 36
Which way will the meter stick rotate if the objects are hung on the stick as shown below? Each object is labeled with its mass in kilograms.