Analysis of a system of bodies where all forces are in balance and there is no motion relative to a chosen reference frame.

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How to calculate the supporting force exerted by a stationary object (cupboard) and support (brackets) for it?

I have a wall mounted Stuva Ikea cupboard, which measures 60x64x30cm. The base is 64x30cm. It is already supported by 2 holes at the back base, (64x60cm). But I need to add in L shape brackets ...
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Sign of gravitational force

I'm reading Lanczos's The variational principles of mechanics, and on pp. 80-81 there is an example involving a system made up of $n$ rigid bars, freely jointed at their end points, and the two free ...
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Relative strength of a dome [closed]

Is there a rough way to determine how the height of a dome affects the load that dome could support? For instance, assuming the bases of two domes are 24" in diameter, and one dome is 2" high while ...
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Hanging a brick free over an edge by stacking them

National Geographics TV has a series called "None of the above". In one episode the presenter shows that by stacking 4 bricks (here shown as 'xxxxxxxx') you can have one of the bricks completely hang ...
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Can all systems be put in equilibrium?

I'm in a first year statics course. We have spent the whole semester solving for forces and moments so that the system is in equilibrium. When we are given a system, we immediately begin solving for ...
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A man pulling himself up on a platform

Consider the following image: Is it possible that the man pulls himself up (suppose the weight of the platform is negligible), or just lift the right part of the platform up? How to analyse this ...
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Tension in a closed loop around an object, carrying stuff

Sorry when this sounds like a first year physics homework question, but it's actually not. It arose during a discussion regarding safe practices for rock climbing anchors... So here we go: Imagine ...
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Distribution of forces

(little background: I'm trying to develop a small, quick 'n dirty static physics engine to determine whether a stacking of boxes is stable). If I have a 3D rigid box (with the bottom in the ...
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Moment line of action

I am having trouble understanding a moment's line of action. Lets say we have door hinge of $L$ length and push down on it with $X$ force. The moment at the begin $(O)$ of the hinge would then be ...
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Distribution forces

I've got two trees and between them is a rope. When someone about 100kg sits at the center of the rope, what are the forces on both parts of rope (to the left-hand side from the person and right-hand ...
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Dropping vertices of an overdetermined statics system graph

In statics, the problem of determining the tensions of K cables that connect a structure made of N points and keep all points in static equilibrium implies $ND$ systems of equations, where $D$ is the ...
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Mechanics of Materials (pressure and temperature)

A solid right cylinder of rock core is surrounded by four rods made of mild steel (all-thread rods). The rods are placed equidistantly around the core in a square formation. The tops and bottoms of ...
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Summing moments, where have I gone wrong?

Because I don't have enough rep to post images, the question is question 3 part iii) from here: http://www.mei.org.uk/files/papers/m209ju_jk32.pdf The surface at the contact point B is rough. The ...
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How do you weigh a box on a scale whose limit is too low?

As you will see I know nothing about physics and after being asked to solve a physics problem in a recent interview wanted to ask it of professionals and see what the response would be: I have a set ...
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Upward force on a object at rest

Is there an upward force on a object at rest? If yes, where does it come from?
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Do objects rotate around the torque vector or its center?

If I have an sphere and I have a torque vector coming out of it at point A. Would the sphere rotate around its center or the axis of the torque vector?
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Are circles stronger than triangles?

I've often herd in engineering that "there is no shape stronger than a triangle". I also recall that arches are very strong shapes as well, which can be crudely described as a ...
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Direction of tension?

If you draw the free body diagram of the frame above, what direction would the tension force acting on the frame be - to the right or down? Because the rope it horizontal at some points but vertical ...
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Is the center of mass of an object just a convention?

I am currently studying moments. The concepts are fairly obvious, but there is one thing I don't understand: the concept of center of mass. Why do we consider that the weight of a uniform object is ...
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Choosing the right point when calculating moments

A body is composed of two straight pins that are joined at a right angle. They have lengths $a$ and $b$ and the mass per unit length is $\rho$. When the body is balanced on a flat surface, as shown, ...
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Calculating mass of object by lifting edge

Assuming a solid rectangular plate, hinged along one edge. How does one calculate the mass of the plate if the force necessary to lift the opposite edge is known?
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Parallel axis theorem

For this question we are working in 2-D space. Let's say that we have an arbitrary body. I know the inertia with respect to a perpendicular axis (to the body, that is) that passes through a point (A). ...
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How do you choose the locations of forces when calculating moments?

A uniform bridge of weight 1200kN and of length 17m rests on supports at each end which are 1m wide. A stationary lorry of weight 60kN has it’s centre of mass 3.0m from the centre of the bridge. ...
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Massive ropes and tension

Consider the diagram bellow, a massive string hanging in equilibrium My question is this: Can we take any 2 random point on the rope, say A and B and then use $\sum F=0$ on the rope between them: ...
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Mechanics question - ladder leaning against a wall

I am struggling with part a) of this question: Here is the solution: In part a) they prove that $F \leq \mu R$ is false for this system. So as $F$ is neither less than nor equal to $\mu R$ it ...
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Weird assumption in free body diagram problem

The assignment is to eventually calculate the forces on the BD beam of this picture: My issue is that on the solution sheet, the professor drew a free body diagram (FBD) for just the beams, with ...
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Additional mass of block on inclined plane

I would like some help in solving this problem. Height is 15 cm , base is 88 cm My attempt: $$(119.3 + m)(\sin(\theta)) = (88*9.8)$$ $$ 15^2 + 88^2 = 89.269^2 $$ $$ \sin^{-1} = 15/89.269 $$ $$ ...
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Statics software for structural engineering [closed]

I'm attempting to expand my knowledge of engineering software. I've found comsol and ansys for acoustics and thermodynamics/fluid dynamics (not necessarily in that order), now I'd like to see if I can ...
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Connection between moment/torque and centre of gravity?

So I understand how moments work with regards to basic examples like pushing a door, in that the further you are away from the hinges of the door, the greater the moment, which is like a turning ...
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Half of a uniform disc suspended by two strings [closed]

Suppose we have a half of a thin, homogenous disc hanging from the ceiling as shown: Given the weight of the disc $Q$, calculate tensions in strings $S_1$,$S_2$. Now this seemed like quite a simple ...
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Determining the components of the force on a curved surface due to pressure

I have a cross section of a half-tube with a pressure gradient across it causing a force outwards. I am attempting to extract the vertical component (in relation to diagram) of the force on this ...
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Exam review problem. Weird answer [closed]

The question asks us to calculate the holding force of the triangular mounting if the rock weighs exactly $2kg$ and the mounting supports the rod at exactly $\frac{1}{4}$ of its length. ($g=9.81 ...
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Why can contact force be ignored here?

I was discussing the first part of this question with a friend, and he told me that while taking moments about $A$ and $B$, we can ignore the reaction force at C. Indeed this is correct, because ...
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Forces exerted on legs of a table

This is actually for a computer science homework problem, but I haven't studied any physics in five years so I'm having a bit of trouble. I'm given a table of three legs with their coordinates and I ...
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Weighing with One-Foot Scale

I stand with left foot on a scale and the other on a piece of effectively incompressible material at the same initial height at the scale's top surface. The weight shown is WL. I repeat with right ...
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How do I find the tension in the cable from this problem? [closed]

I am trying to find the tension of the cable but I don't know what to do.
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Calculating torque in 3D?

Say you have a sphere, and you have several torque vectors acting on it, all at different points. Say you have the vector (6i + 3j + 5k) originating from point A, and the vector (3i + 1j + 9k) ...
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Why does moment equilibrium at one point of an object mean the moment is at equilibrium for the whole system?

In class my prof said that when showing a system is at equilibrium it suffices to show that the moment at one point is zero. Why? Why does showing the moment at a point is zero imply the moment of the ...
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Force analysis on truss [closed]

I am reading a book on fundamental physics for mechanics. There is a truss shown in the figure. A train of mass $M=56$ ton is resting at the middle point of AC, ignore all the mass of truss and rails. ...
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Solving a Statically Indeterminate Truss with Energy Equations (Tricky)

Okay, first off, I know that there is a very similar problem about statically indeterminate trusses here, but my problem was a bit different and I didn't know how to adapt the answer for that problem ...
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Force in tetrahedron edges

I am looking for a formula that enables me to calculate the force in a tetrahedron edge such that it relates $F_b$ with $F_z$ through the beam thickness and length. I have the following assumptions: ...
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Finding the contact force in a mechanical problem [closed]

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 ...
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Wave equation from hooke law - simple question

In the paragraph http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wave_equation#From_Hooke.27s_law it is said, regarding the u(x) function, that Here u(x) measures the distance from the equilibrium of the mass ...
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Forces acting in a system of a bar suspended by two rods [closed]

So, say I have a bar with a mass of $350 kg$ and it is being suspended by two beams (AC and BD). All joints; A, B, C & D are hinged. At a particular instance, a horizontal force of $1500 Newtons$ ...
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How exactly do walking canes and crutches help?

I am reading introductory physics, and there is a chapter on equilibrium. In the chapter, the author mentions how devices can exploit distribution of forces to help those that are physically ill, via ...
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How to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam?

So I've been searching wikipedia and google but nothing can show how to find the spring coefficient of a simply supported beam with a uniformly distributed load. The spring coefficient, $k$, is ...
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How to calculate the normal force exerted by a fulcrum off-center?

So I know that $F_N$ exerted by a fulcrum right under the centre of mass for, say, a long horizontal rod, is equal to $mg$. But what if the fulcrum is off the centre of mass either to the right or the ...
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How does force transmit through a solid block?

If you take a solid block, say, a cube of side length $l$ with density $\rho$, you place it upon a solid floor, and you apply an external pressure of $p(x,y)$ on the upper face ($x$ and $y$ define a ...
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Floating objects and fluid statics

If an object is floating, I know about how buoyancy force (density of liquid* volume displaced* g) must equal gravitational force (density of object* volume of object* g). Can someone explain if it is ...
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Torque of person on bridge [closed]

Consider a 10 meter bridge that weighs 500 N supported at both ends. A person who weighs 750 N is standing 2 m from the end of the bridge. What are the forces $F_a$, $F_b$ holding the bridgeup at ...