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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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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Why don't couple forces violate Newton's First Law?

If you have some random object at rest and you apply a couple to it, the net force acting on it is zero. However because a moment acts on it, it starts to rotate. So you had an object at rest, a net ...
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Shear Flow corresponding to Eccentric Shear Force of a Closed-section Beam (Structural Analysis - Mechanics)

Been stumped with this question for way too long... its a beam with a thin-walled rectangular cross-section, and a shear force is acting at a distance from the shear center. I know my decomposition of ...
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Number of decays in a chain reaction

It is widely known that the probability of $n$ decays from one system to another $A \rightarrow B$ (e.g., electrons decaying from one atomic energy level to another or muons decaying into neutrinos ...
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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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How to calculate the supporting force for a cantilever beam? [closed]

How do I find the supporting force $R_A$ and the moment $M_A$? Should I use the sum of moments or?
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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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Why is moment dependent on the distance from the point of rotation to the force?

The formula for moment is: $$M = Fd$$ Where F is the force applied on the object and d is the perpendicular distance from the point of rotation to the line of action of the force. Why? Intuitively, ...
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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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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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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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What is a “Center Of Mass” issue of a Gorillapod?

I read somewhere that a Gorillapod may have "Center Of Mass" issues when used with the long lenses. So, I wish to understand what is a "Center Of Mass" issue? I have to clarify that I am NOT a ...
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Angles on swing sets

I'm building a swing set for my children. All of the designs I've seen involve building two A-frames and connecting them at the top with a crossbar/beam from which hang the swings. The A-frames are ...
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Torque and equilibrium

I am a little stuck on the concept involved in part b) of the following problem: A $5 m$ long road gate has a mass of $m = 15 kg$. The mass is evenly distributed in the gate. The gate is supported at ...
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Solving an indeterminate triangle truss structure (statics)

From the setup of two trusses as shown in this illustration, how can I solve for the axial reaction forces in the trusses, and in the points A and B (Ax, Ay, Bx, By)? It is assumed that the joints ...
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How would you determine whether an object is at equilibrium? [closed]

How would you determine whether an object is at equilibrium or not? What is the definition of equilibrium?
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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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Where does the extra equation come from to determine the forces from an object on a table?

I have a question about basic statics but somehow I cannot manage to find the answer on my own (btw, this is not a homework. It's been so many years since school for me...). The problem is very ...
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Why are some jenga pieces easier to remove than others?

Jenga is a game place with wooden blocks stacked on top of one another in an alternating pattern. Players take turns removing blocks from any layer and placing them on top. As the game progresses ...
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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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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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Statics of Rigid Bodies — Can there be two possible solutions?

I've been working on a question and there seem to be two possible solutions. My own solution does not match the one given in the book. However, after resolving forces and taking moments with both ...
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Does a cross really have a smaller area moment of inertia than a square of the same area?

I need to calculate the area moment of inertia of a cross for a homework assignment. The cross is a symmetric plus sign: _ | | |== ==| | | - ...
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Application of Archimedes Principle

A candle is floating in a liquid placed in a container. The container is a cylinder of diameter $D$, and the candle is of width $d$. ($D>d$) The height of the liquid from the bottom of the ...
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Find the bending moment of a pole attached to a moving block

I'm having trouble with the following problem. What I've done so far: x-y is the usual coordinate system. $a=\frac{F}{m}=\frac{800}{60}$ and the y component of this is $a_y=a\sin{60^\circ}$. To ...
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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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Hooke's Law question

I have the following question to answer: a force of160 N stretches a spring 0.050m from its equilibrium position. A. what is the spring constant of the spring? The equation for Hooke's Law in my ...
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Force between two charged rods?

Suppose that we have two rods of length $l_1, l_2$ connected at one end but free to rotate. These rods have charge density $\lambda$ uniformly distributed, so the total charge of rod $i$ is $\lambda ...
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How do I minimize the the stress created by fore-aft forces?

My friends and I are designing a bench press spotter. Essentially, when the user needs help lifting the barbell due to muscle fatigue, an arm on each side of the user raises to provide assistance. ...
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Calculating torque adjustment for offset of pivot point

I'm trying to figure out how much to adjust torque, on a torque wrench when using an extension that offsets the pivot point. See this calculator for a diagram of what I'm talking about: The trouble ...
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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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Calculation of a bending moment

I'd like to calculate the bending moment of a cantilever, fixed at its base, and submitted to a certain stress on a specific spot, but I can't find the proper definition of this bending moment (first ...
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How to solve fixed-fixed beam with finite difference method?

What equations to use on this system to form a matrix $A$ with dimensions $[n,n]$ and load vector $q$ with dimension $[n]$ ? I am trying to get vertical displacement $w$. $$w = A^{-1}\times q$$ ...
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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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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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Bowling ball on a rubber sheet

After reading a layman's guide to general relativity, I began to wonder what shape a bowling ball on a large rubber sheet would produce. For simplicity, I would like to assume that Hooke's law applies ...
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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 ...
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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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Solving a statically indeterminate truss

I'm trying to solve the statically indeterminate truss shown below and I'm having a little trouble. $H$, $P$ and $\beta$ are given. The material is aluminum (density is 2700 ${kg/m^3}$) and has a ...
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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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Obtaining point of application of Ground Reaction Force with use of a hyperstatic load-cell array platform

I'm looking for the theory of an experiment that is giving me a hard time to perform. I have an instrument composed of a rigid horizontal square plate rigidly supported under each corner by a ...
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If 1 screw can support 120 lbs, how much weight can 25 screws support?

While this is mainly about my personal home improvement project, I figure this would be a good opportunity for some of you to apply your physics skills to a real-world situation. My situation is ...
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Understanding moments as forces?

I was watching this lecture on analysis of stress for mechanics of materials. At time 7:20, the lecturer says that in equilibrium, the sum of forces and "moments" in each direction (x,y,z) must be ...
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Calculating torque in a structure

I posted this on math stack exchange but realize it is more a physics question. I have a structure which is set up as shown in the image. A weight hangs from point A with mass $m$. Joint B is free ...
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Relationship between balloon size and pressure

I see numerous websites talking about how a small balloon is at higher pressure than a big balloon. This is a fun counter-intuitive factoid... unless it isn't a fact at all. Young-Laplace gives $$T ...
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Calculate the weight a simple plank can support [closed]

I'd like to build a simple desk; just a single plank of wood (or a few side-by-side) with solid supports on each end of the desk. What I'm trying to figure out is how thick a plank I want to use for ...
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Why does the beam in a weighing balance get tilted proportional to the weights added to each pan?

I'm talking about a beam balance(a simple weighing balance with a beam and two pans hung on either side) As answered in a previous question, the beam comes back to the original position when one ...
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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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Hinged bridge statics problem

For part (a), is the normal force by the hinge on the bridge at an angle or is it horizontal? For part (b), I know how to resolve forces horizontally and vertically, and to take torques about the ...