Consider the torque (turning force) on a wrench that is tightening or loosening a bolt. If a force of newtons (N) is applied to the end of a wrench of length meters (m), the torque is given by the cross product . Its magnitude is then N m, where is the angle between the vectors and .
This Demonstration illustrates the spatial arrangement of the vectors , and for selected values of , and for either tightening or loosening the bolt. Use the "turn" control to see how torque varies.