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## Is clockwise torque positive or negative?

Note that each force that acts in the counterclockwise direction has a positive torque, whereas each force that acts in the **clockwise direction has a negative torque**. The torque is greater when the distance, force, or perpendicular components are greater.

## What does direction of torque mean?

Torque is inherently a vector quantity. Part of the torque calculation is the determination of direction. The direction is **perpendicular to both the radius from the axis and to the force**. … The torque is in the direction of the angular velocity which would be produced by it in the absence of other influences.

## What causes clockwise torque?

Clockwise rotation is caused by **negative torques**; counterclockwise rotation by positive torques. An object in equilibrium has no net torque, so the sum of all torques must be zero at equilibrium. The torque is at a maximum if the applied force is perpendicular to the line between the pivot and the force.

## What is the right hand rule for torque?

To use the right hand rule in torque problems, **take your right hand and point it in the direction of the position vector (r or d), then turn your fingers in the direction of the force and your thumb will point toward the direction of the torque**.

## Does it matter where torque is applied?

The direction of the torque vector **depends on the direction of the force on the axis**. … A static torque is one which does not produce an angular acceleration. Someone pushing on a closed door is applying a static torque to the door because the door is not rotating about its hinges, despite the force applied.

## Is clockwise left or right?

**Clockwise involves a turn to the right**, following the direction of the hands of a clock. It is a negative rotation direction. Anticlockwise involves a turn to the left, against the direction of a clock’s hands.

## Why is counter clockwise positive?

Positive angles are counterclockwise only in **right-handed coordinate systems**, where y axis increases upwards, and x axis right. In a left-handed coordinate system, y axis increases down, and x axis right, and positive angles are indeed clockwise. Such coordinate systems are often used in e.g. computer graphics.

## What is an example of torque?

Torque is a twisting force, generally that causes something to rotate around an axis or other point. **The force that causes a wheel to rotate around an axle** is an example of torque.

## What force does not cause any torque?

**Any force that is along a line which passes through the axis of rotation** produces no torque. Note that torque is a vector quantity, and, like angular displacement, angular velocity, and angular acceleration, is in a direction perpendicular to the plane of rotation.