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 Nutcracker problem [on hold]

Consider a nutcracker, with a ball-shaped nut like shown in the figure: I want to find the minimal coefficient of friction, $\mu _{min}$ so that the nut would not slip between the two levers. So, we ...
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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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A triangle in static position [on hold]

Consider the following: Find the normal force the wall is exerting on the trianlge, given that the triangle is unifrom in its mass with weight $W$, its lengths are $a$ and $b$ as indicated and there ...
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A statics problem to find minimal friction

consider the following: I need to find the minimal coeeficient of friction $\mu _{min}$ so that both recatngle boxes would remain static. The lower angle in the triangle is $2\alpha$ as indicated. I ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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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Statics with ladder and wall

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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How to determine direction of forces in a static problem?

I am consistently getting this wrong. To me, in the picture below, it would make sense that the structure would be pulling downward, and the cable BD would be pulling upward - thus the system is in ...
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How do I know which force to use in moments calculation?

I'm working on some Statics problem, with the method of joints, etc and for all of them, we use sum of moments = 0. However, I'm very confused about which forces I should use to find the sum of ...
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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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Relative strength of a dome

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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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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Shape of a string/chain/cable/rope/wire?

The height of a string in a gravitational field in 2-dimensions is bounded by $h(x_0)=h(x_l)=0$ (nails in the wall) and also $\int_0^l ds= l$. ($h(0)=h(l)=0$, if you take $h$ as a function of arc ...
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Finding the Shape of a Hanging Massive Wire

This came from a physics wave book. I have a static, massive wire on the x-axis, with a y-displacement due to a force per unit length $F_y$. I start with the equation $F_y = ...
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Calculating stiffness of a beam of non-constant cross section

I am considering a paraboloid shape which is fixed at its base and is being compressed downwards. I am trying to find its stiffness so I can calculate how much it deforms. When I attempt to do this I ...
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Static equilibrium question [closed]

I was doing some static equilibrium problems and I came across this problem which should be easy to solve, but is posing quite a challenge. I want to point out that this is not homework, just plain ...
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Friction force problem for a 4 wheel drive Car [closed]

The car is a 4 wheel drive in equilibrium, the car doesn't touch the ground with the front wheel (A) but is in contact in B with the sidewalk (the sidewalk has a hight equal to $h$), the friction ...
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Optimal placement of support joist under shelf

Assume an ideal board, supported by two joists. Where should those two joists be optimally placed? Instinctively, I'd say at somewhat less than 25% and somewhat more than 75% of the extend of the ...
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Centre of mass and objects tipping [closed]

In this picture if the only parts of an object in contact with a surface are the lines AB and CD am I right in saying that the centre of mass has to be in the area enclosed by ABCD (as shown). I ...
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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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Truss Analysis with multiple moments creates linear combinations

So in my engineering statics course we have been doing a great deal of work with trusses and machines, and a part of the physics behind it has really been confusing me. Just as a note, I also have ...
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Blocks stacked on an incline connected by rope around pulley

Two objects A and B, of masses 5 kg and 20 kg respectively, are connected by a massless string passing over a frictionless pulley at the top of an inclined plane, as shown in the figure. The ...
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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 ...
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The magnitude of the resultant? [closed]

The two structural members, one of which is in tension and the other in compression, exert the indicated forces on joint O. Determine the magnitude R of the resultant R of the two forces and the angle ...
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Calculating axle load in cargo container (pics are included)

I'm current developing cargo loader software, but i have a little challenge with calculating load for each axle when a cargo is placed on container. I know that all axles will be affected (the nearest ...
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Given moment about a pin and a roller [closed]

sorry to ask, have not been a able to find a similar question to mine. For this problem, given moment $M_2$, distances $a$ and $b$ My reasoning is that we have two support reactions and points A and ...
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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)?
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Moment around a point in a frame

Note: Both diagrams are 2d(they might look 3d because I drew them manually.) I have a prismatic frame that looks like this: I made a section on the half of the first pillar(the red line represents the ...
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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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Moment of weight of leaning beam

Having trouble with a FBD moment. The problem is: How big can the force couple C (looks like a G in the pic) be in order for the disk to not spin? The disc has mass m and the beam also has mass ...
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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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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 ...
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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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Why Won't a Tight Cable Ever Be Fully Straight?

I posted this picture of someone on a zipline on Facebook. One of my friends saw it and asked this question, so he could try to calculate the speed at which someone on the zipline would be going ...
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Moment of Inertia, why $r^2$and not $r$?

So my engineering mechanics book includes a brief discussion on area moments of inertia. Unfortunately, the ensuing chapter is predominately computational in nature. I don't have a thorough grasp of ...
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Formula for implementing a simulated weighing scale

Background: I'm on the pledge drive committee for a non-profit group, and there is an issue that is always contentious within this group; thankfully the group is amicable, although competitive, about ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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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Question about moments? [closed]

Take a look at this diagram: http://www.chegg.com/homework-help/questions-and-answers/7-pipe-assembly-supports-vertical-loads-shown-determine-components-reaction-ball-socket-jo-q2260091 If you ...