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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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Minimum force needed to keep the book from slipping?

I would just like to know if my answer to part C is correct because I am confident in parts a and b, Also note that 51.5N is the wrong value for P. P=515N. Ok so since P= normal force, this means ...
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Analysis of this hyperstatic system - how can I calculate it?

I have the following real-world situation (superior view): A rigid rectangular plate is bolted to the ground by four bolts in a rectangular array; A force F is ...
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Sum of all Moments around an axis as a nonzero number in Statics [closed]

Good time of day, everyone! Here's one thing I can't quite grasp on. So given a Statics problem, I have: $ΣM_x = 159 \;\mathrm{N\cdot m} ≠ 0$; (Sum of all moments around x-axis equals 150 N•m) Now, ...
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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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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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Equilibrium of rigid body [closed]

A uniform beam $AB$ of length $2l$ rests with end $A$ in contact with rough horizontal ground. A point $C$ on the beam rests against a smooth support. $AC$ is of length $\frac{3l}{2}$ with $C$ higher ...
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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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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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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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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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Balancing Orthogonal Forces on 2D plane with arbitrary placement [closed]

I have a rectangular block in the xy plane with the center of mass that acts in the z direction at an arbitrary place in the plane. I also have 4 legs that support this weight underneath the block. ...
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Hydrostatic friction: why do water droplets stay at rest on an inclined glass surface?

This is a non-expert question on a (seemingly simple) text-book topic. The question is about "hydrostatic friction", defined as follows. Consider a drop of water resting on a flat surface. If the ...
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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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Why is shear force indeterminate at a section where point load acts

Why is shear force indeterminate at a section where a point load acts, i understand it from the mathematical point of view, since the left and right hand limits would not agree and would lead to ...
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For a cantilever beam, is bending stress linearly proportional to elastic deflection?

Let's say I have a cantilever beam (a beam with a fixed support on one end only) and introduce a downward point force (by hanging a weight on it or something) at some constant distance from 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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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 diagram, ...
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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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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 proceed ...
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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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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 9.81m/...
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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 and ...
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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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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: ...