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 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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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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Newton's Third Law As Discussed in Den Hartog's Mechanics

A question, but some preliminaries in order to avoid answers involving concepts not yet introduced in the text I'm reading--Den Hartog's Mechanics. Near the very beginning of his book, Den Hartog ...
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Stuck on certain types of static equilibrium problems [closed]

I'm not looking for a direct answer, more like something that can get me started. A lot of the other problems like this were easier, but I'm just lost. This concept seems really difficult to me in ...
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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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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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I need help with determining angles after shifting of axis in Free Body Diagrams

I can't figure out by which property of the triangle the angles in shifted axis are also 30 degrees. Vertical angle theorom doesn't work. I drew it again and again. If someone could draw me a ...
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Stuck on a static equilibrium problem [closed]

This is the problem: "The figure below shows a 25-foot sailboat. The mast is a uniform 119-kg pole that is supported on the deck and held fore and aft by wires as shown. The tension in the forestay ...
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What is many-body bound state?

Bound state by definition is a state when particles are bounded together, so then "many-body bound state" would be bound state for a system of many bodies. Then I have several puzzles: is the state ...
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How would you get the velocity in this problem? (and what did I do wrong) [closed]

This problem is supposed to be solved by using the conservation of energy but I do not really know how to solve it that way.
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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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Draw the Free Body Diagram

Question: Draw the Reaction Force at point P. My Attempt and Reasoning: Since the Reaction or the Normal Force is normal to the surface the solution according to me should be- However, the ...
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Basic tension and equilibrium confusion

The following is what I did: $$Fsin\theta = 60 => F = 93 N$$ $$Fcos\theta = 40 => F = 52 N$$ Why do I get different results? Does this mean the object isn't in equilibrium? How can I ...
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Axial loaded bars problem

I completely disagree with the following calculations: Based on my understanding, there is no force either internal or external applied to the Green bar, so it should be 0N. The reaction (internal) ...
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Why curvatures relieve stress?

Per example, we can stop a crack in a steel plate by drilling a hole at the end of it. Or we all know the famous example of popular science that airplane windows are round for the same reasons. Why ...
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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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Calculating force with two fulcrums and many forces [closed]

I may not be wording the question the right way. I have a lever. About 2/3 the way back there is a pivot point. We'll call this B On the very front (end of the lever) there is a block that the lever ...
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The Physics Behind the American Death Triangle [closed]

I've heard a lot about the American Death Triangle and how it is awful for belaying. The Death Triangle is set up as such: you have two anchor points with a single rope or line running through both ...
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Mass required to prevent sign falling over with a set wind load - activity stations for disabled children

I'm currently working on my thesis and I'm stuck on a question. I'm designing activity stations for disabled children to be used for equine therapy. The stand is 9ft tall and I've calculated the the ...
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Why Won't a Tight Cable Ever Be Fully Straight? [duplicate]

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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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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Do supports exert torque?

I think I'm missing something about torques. Do supports exert torques? Consider these two situations I'm confused about. A rod is attached in to a wall so that it cannot rotate. Since weight ...
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Mechanics (Static Forces) [closed]

If you don't mind anyone could help me in this mechanics homework its static question In number one i got T-cd=500 and T-ca=230.9 and T-bc=184.5 in number two i got stuck in finding the forces ...
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Toledo Scale - Show How Distance from Weight to Axis of Rotation Varies with Load

I am trying to solve the problem under from Hartog's Mechanics, specifically, part $b$. Intuitively, as mentioned here, by halving the load $P$, $l_1$ will also be halved. However, I would like to be ...
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What are the clicking sounds when static electricity occurs?

Sometimes, when there's static electricity, soft clicking sounds can be heard. This may happen when two fabrics are rubbed or when you get a static shock. What exactly causes this sounds?
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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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Maximum Load of a Crane before Car will Tip

Imagine a car with a crane. In scenario 1, the tension on the crane cable by the load points straight down, ie, perpendicular to the ground. In scenario 2, the tension on the crane cable by the ...
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Interpreting force components in statics problems involving inclined planes or similar

I'm having troubles to understand how to interpret the components of forces on inclined plane in quite complicated situations. I will make an example of one of the cases where I get confused. ...
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Angles in a static equilibrium

I have three masses (Fα, Fβ & Fg) with 2 pulleys, and a wind variable which is in static equilibrium. I have already calculated the appropriate forces for the 3 masses by multiplying it with ...
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Homework Question: Moments [closed]

Can someone please explain this question? My work: If we take B to be the pivot then as B gets closer to mg the torque due to mg gets smaller, but I don't really see how this affects the force F (I ...
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Hanging chain in a planet's gravitational field

The curve for a chain hanging between two poles in a uniform gravitational field is known as the catenary. Is there known an expression for the curve of a hanging chain on a planet of mass $M$ which ...
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Laws and Intuition for physical problems

So I've been reading the book 'Feynman: Tips on Physics' recently and in chapter 2 (the book is available for free online) he works out the answer for this problem using his intuition rather than ...
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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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Converting loads on horizontal surfaces to inclined surfaces

A textbook on design of wood structures makes the following argument: We have a flat roof snow load $$S_1 = 61.6 \frac{lb}{ft^2}$$. The idea is to convert it to an equivalent sloped roof snow load ...
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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 ...
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Static Equilibrium [closed]

A 3 Newton force and a 4 Newton force are acting concurrently on a point. Which force could not produce equilibrium with these two forces? 1N 7N 9N 4N I'm confused. The book I'm looking at says ...
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$16~\rm N/mm^2$ flexural strength

This question more relates to construction and architecture but I am sure it will not be the problem to ask and get a good answer here. If we have declared flexural strength of concrete of 16 N/mm2, ...
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Seesaw Physics - Shipping Container House Problem

I'm currently building a house using shipping containers. One of the containers is in a cantilever position, sticking out from the base concrete structure like this: ...
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Not sure how to solve a problem from online course [closed]

I'm not sure how to approach this problem. I don't know the magnitude of F1 or F2 and I'm not sure how to get it from F. Any help would be appreciated.
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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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Statics: particle mechanics versus rigid body mechanics

In particle mechanics where the notion of rotation does not apply, particles are said to be in static equilibrium when the sum of the external forces acting on the particle of interest in all ...
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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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When an object hangs from a Rigid rod is the force of the weight located in the center of the sign?

From the rope that supports the sign (assuming the mass is distributed evenly). If the length of the sign is, $L$ can I model it so that the weight is concentrated at $\frac{L}{2}$ Therefore, the ...
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how does one divide stress in such a bridge? [closed]

I want to build a spaghetti bridge like this: I have two spaghetti types: T-type (designed to tolerate tension) and C-type (designed to tolerate compression). A mass $m$ is hanging from the point ...
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Applied forces on a bridge [closed]

What are the forces that acted on the 6 types of bridges? Beam, Truss, Cantilever, Arch, Suspension, and Cable-Stay? What formulas do you use to get the forces? I'm curious since there is ...
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Difference of water pressure

We know that $P = \rho gh$, so is it true that water pressure at 2nd floor will be higher than water pressure at 9th floor of a 12 story building?
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Equilibrium equations

You have one horizontal beam. Its left point is attached to a free pivot at the vertical wall. Its right point is suspended by a rope from the ceiling. Nothing is moved. So $\sum F=0$ and $\sum M=0$. ...
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Confusion about two-force members

This is my first question here so I hope I get warmly welcomed by answers that would resolve this perplexion :-) This is a statics problem from Hibbeler's Mechanics for Engineers: Statics (13th ...
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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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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 ...