What is the difference between torque and moments because both of them are calculated the same way?


A moment is the product of a single force about a point. E.g. when you push down on the end of a wheel brace on a nut on a car wheel.

A couple is two forces acting together, and the magnitude is the torque.

In the wheel brace example, the force produces both a couple (whose magnitude is the torque) and a force at the nut (which pushes the nut).

In a sense, they are the same, but there are subtle differences.

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Updated on February 3, 2018