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what is the proper FBD for this system. I cant decide since the weight is given, but there is tension and contact forces. Things get mixed up.

Determine the contact force between the smooth 200-lb ball B and the horizontal bar, and the magnitude of the pin reaction at A. Neglect the weights of the bar and the pulley.

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closed as too localized by Qmechanic, dmckee Feb 13 '12 at 17:49

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Use two conditions: 1. The sum of forces acting on B (T,N,mg) is zero; 2. The sum of moments of forces (T at C, N at B) applied to the pin with respect to point A is zero. Choose the signs carefully.

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