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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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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A Bar Suspend by Two Wires - PHYS I HW [closed]

A nonuniform horizontal bar of mass $m$ is supported by two massless wires against gravity. The left wire makes an angle $ϕ_1$ with the horizontal, and the right wire makes an angle $ϕ_2$. The bar has ...
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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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Why moment equilibrium must be calculated around the center in this problem?

Consider this problem, which ask for the value of the two normal forces (friction is negligible). Easy, right? You calculate the moments around G, the center of mass, and equate them to 0 (the ...
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What component of the payload appears on the cross member? [closed]

I have a set of DIY steps; I've modelled it as the steps themselves "s", a short vertical support "a", a long vertical support "b" and a cross-member "c". Here's a picture: Just to be sure I ...
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What way did this person solve the problem? [closed]

Im curious, I have no idea how they solved the problem to get from the unitary vector to the Moment/Tension. How did they managed to get it so reduced? What steps did they perform in the blue part?
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Determine resultant couple moment by summing moments

The question states: Determine the resultant couple moment by (a) summing moments about point $O$ and (b) summing the moments about point $A$. I used scalar analysis for solving this ...
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Tension on wire holding open door, using moments about a hinge? [closed]

Using moments about the hinge, what is the tension in the wire holding the door open? The wire is horizontal. The door is 5m. See diagram: The door is at tan inv (3/4) : 36.9 deg to the ...
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Determine the point at which moment vector is zero on a 3D body

I have information about total force and moment on a body for three points, whose coordinates I know. From this information I would like to determine the point at which moment would be zero. ...
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Transferable force

If I for example have two rectangular pieces of steel that are both W=40mm, L=1000mm, H= 40mm and are both completely ridged. One piece of steel is resting on top of the other piece of steel, if I ...
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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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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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Statics with ladder and wall [closed]

A uniform ladder of mass m and length L rests against the wall. The coefficients of static friction between the floor and the ladder and between the wall and the ladder are equal to each other (μ). ...
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Determining the neutral axis of an I-shaped cross section with dissimilar materials

Determine the neutral axis of the I- shaped cross section with dissimilar materials. The top rectangle of the cross section is made out of aluminum and the second and third part are titanium ( these ...
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Tension on pulleys Physics Question [closed]

Collar A is connected to a 50lb load on a frictionless horizontal rod. Determine magnitude of P to maintain equilibrium when x=4.5. Im confused on the concept of Tension I originally got the ...
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Cylinder rolling down an inclined plane held by a string

A cylinder of mass M and radius R is in static equilibrium as shown in the diagram. The cylinder rests on an inclined plane making an angle with the horizontal and is held by a horizontal string ...
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Problem in a truss [closed]

For the truss above known are the following: l= 1 + 0.02*n [m], h = 2 + 0.01*n [m], F_1 = 200 + 2*n [N], F_2= 500 + 6*n [N], F3 = 400 + 5*n [N], Young's modulus E = 2*10^11 [N/m2], allowable stress ...
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Amount of material required for a pressure tank

I read the answer for the question Why is a hot air balloon “stiff”? and thought something sounded ridiculous. My engineering requirement is that the walls be strong enough. Here $T$ will be the ...
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Why don't barbells tip over when a 45 is placed on one side?

A standard barbell is 45 pounds, as is the heaviest weight available in most gyms. When a weight is placed on the side of a barbell, some of the barbell is to the "outside" of the weight, like so, so ...
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What is the equation for the tension on the ends of a cable suspended at different heights?

I'm looking for an equation to find the tension on the ends of a cable suspended between two poles (one higher than the other) with no load but the cable itself. I determined that the tension would ...
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How do I find the tension in additional strings in this problem? [closed]

A mass of 5.00 kg hangs attached to three strings as shown in the figure (see image below). Find the tension in each string. Hint: Consider the equilibrium of the point where the strings join. So ...
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Tension in rods (basics)

I have a problem understanding these basics. What is the tension in the ground rod due to the forces exerted by the slanted rods? Please feel free to correct me at any point. Rods are idealized and ...
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What force $\vec{F_{1}}$ is needed to balance the beam in the diagram below? [closed]

What force $\vec{F_{1}}$ is needed to balance the beam in the diagram below? I know that $\sum \vec{F}$ must equal zero. I also know that since the unknown force is farther from the pivot, it ...
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Why is it effectively impossible to balance this rectangle block on a triangle block? (See photo)

I've always wondered why it's basically impossible to balance a rectangle block on top of a triangle one like this. This is my nine-year-old giving it a try. I have never in my life gotten it to ...
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Finding minimum force to hold a particle in equilibrium [closed]

A particle of mass $m$ is suspended from a point A on a vertical wall by means of a light inextensible string of length $b$. Find the magnitude and direction of the minumum force $\boldsymbol P$ that ...
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Prevent a box from tipping over: height of CG?

I'm on a problem that can be simplified in the following way: A box is placed on a horizontal plane, and is pinned to the ground on one side only such that it can tip over that side. Given a ...
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Topple a mass standing still

Consider the following situation: This is taken from an example from my book with a solution. The box weight is $W$ and the coefficient of friction between the floor and the object is $\mu$. What ...
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Is it possible to deduce the Archimedes' law of the lever using only the laws of conservation of the physics?

Is it possible to deduce the Archimedes' law of the lever using only the laws of conservation of the classical mechanics? I never saw (which is strange), but I think that it's possible.
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Equilibrium of Force Systems including Torque

please help me to solve this problem.. this is only the #3 on my homework and the only thing i didn't know here is how to calculate the tension T. please teach me how to solve the tension here ...
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Rope tension definition

What is the exact definition of the tension of a rope? Here http://web.mit.edu/8.01t/www/materials/modules/chapter08.pdf the following definition is given The tension $T(x)$ in a rope at a ...
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How many bricks can be put without disordering the equilibrium? [closed]

A homogenous brick with length L, is on a horizontal surface. On this brick are put one after another other bricks, which are the same with the first. Every brick is moved along L/5 units horizontally ...
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Tension Problem: Finding an angle when only given the tension in two ropes [closed]

A crate is hanging from a rope which is attached to a metal ring through which a second rope runs, as shown to the right. What is the angle $\theta$ if the tension in rope 1 is $1.19$ times the ...
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Friction acting on mass on string

Assume we have some stationary point mass that would slide, if not for some coefficient of friction, along a light, inextensible string, attached to two points at different heights. Considering forces ...
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Doubts with levers

I'm studying for a test of static rigid body and I'm having doubts on how to solve problems involving levers with weight. If I have, for example, a lever 10 kilograms and 3 meters long and one support ...
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Trying to understand the tension in a spring with two weights attached [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why I think tension should be twice the force in a tug of war For (A) in this image, I would think the tension should be should be 2mg. However, my book says the weight ...
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Can I use Newton's second law to solve what seems to be a torque problem?

The Problem: An 8-m-long beam, weighing 14,700 N, is hinged to a wall and supported by a light rope that is attached 2.0 m from the free end of the beam. If the beam is supported at an angle ...
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Hanging a Hammock

I have a hammock that I want to hang using a tree on one end and a wooden post set in a bucket of cement on the other end. How would I determine how heavy the cement needs to be so that it would ...
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Using Moments to influence the thickness of beams in structure?

Are moments relevant to the thicknesses of beams in a structure (ie. the larger the moment the thicker the beam)?