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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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### If 1 screw can support 120 lbs, how much weight can 25 screws support?

While this is about a home improvement project, I figure the core part is interesting physics. My situation is this: I am hanging 500 lbs of drywall (two layers weighing about 250 lbs each) on 5 ...
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### Internal forces in a truss and its geometry [closed]

I'm to work out the internal forces in a truss, but I can't get my head around the geometry of the truss itself. I'm starting to think there may have been information on the diagram which I missed. ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### How do you weigh a box on a scale whose limit is too low?

As you will see I know nothing about physics and after being asked to solve a physics problem in a recent interview wanted to ask it of professionals and see what the response would be: I have a set ...
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### Bridge Trusses? [closed]

Which kind of truss would produce the best result (aka. best distribution of force): i) An equilateral, isosceles or a scalene triangle ii) 3 small triangles or 2 big triangles (the overall masses of ...
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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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### Deadlifting the rear end of a car with a lever. What it equates to in actual weight?

Consider this youtube video of a guy lifting a car. (skip to 2:15). I checked, and these cars (PT Cruiser) weigh $1417\:\rm{kg}$. What would the equation be to estimate how much weight he is actually ...
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### Can anyone solve this simple static equilibrium problem? [closed]

A bridge is 50m long, has a mass of 20,000kg, and rests on two pivots, A and B. The distance between A and the left side of the bridge is 10m. The distance between B and the right side of the bridge ...
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### Forces and torques about the CENTER OF MASS of a physical pendulum

I'm currently stumped by the following situation. Say we've got a rectangular physical pendulum (think ruler with a hole-punch at one end). It's trivial to analyze the motion of the pendulum with the ...
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### Find largest angle

The two homogeneous bars AB and BC are connected with a pin at B and placed between rough vertical walls. If the coefficient of static friction between each bar and the wall is 0.4, determine the ...
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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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### 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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### 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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### Calculation of the maximum load to the bar

Looking for a way of calculating the maximum weight (W) to the rod with the given length (L) where the rod did not break and that only bend for (b) mm. Need only approximative solution (read: simple ...
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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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### 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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### Intuitive explanation of moments as they relate to center of mass

I would appreciate it if someone could give me an intuitive explanation of moments. I understand that that the center of mass could be thought of as the point which an object would balance on a ...
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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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### How do you choose the locations of forces when calculating moments?

A uniform bridge of weight 1200kN and of length 17m rests on supports at each end which are 1m wide. A stationary lorry of weight 60kN has it’s centre of mass 3.0m from the centre of the bridge. ...
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### Is this static mechanical balance possible without trickery?

On damnlol.com, I came across this picture: http://www.damnlol.com/hello-god-i-have-a-fault-to-report-7549.html My question is: Is this possible without glue? If not are there similar situations in ...
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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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### Curvature of a cable supporting a suspension bridge in the regime where the mass of the cable is non-negligible

Assume I have a chain of uniform mass, $M_c$, suspended between two points such that it will follow the trajectory of a catenary curve when only supporting its own weight. Let's also say that this ...
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### Why does the weighing balance restore when tilted and released

I'm talking about a Weighing Balance shown in the figure: Press & Hold on onside of the horizontal beam and then release it. It makes some oscillations and comes back to equilibrium like shown in ...
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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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### Moment calculation [closed]

Consider image below. The weight of the fire-fighter is 840 N. What is the torque of the fire-fighter's weight about P and what is the value of the force C which cancels out the torque?
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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 the force on the arms in a pushup?

What force do the arms have to generate to do a pushup? Let us look a this simplified model: The body can be represented by the green plank of mass B. Its angle to the ground is $\theta$. This ...
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### Distribution of forces

(little background: I'm trying to develop a small, quick 'n dirty static physics engine to determine whether a stacking of boxes is stable). If I have a 3D rigid box (with the bottom in the ...
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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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### Statics question: When do I need to find support reactions?

We're finding forces (and whether they're in tension or compression) using the Method of Joints and Method of Sections. I don't understand why sometimes it's necessary to find the support reactions, ...
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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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### Finding the mass of bed/Patient [closed]

One of my friends has a problem and we don't know how to get this done, We want to to know the mass of a patient who is laying on a bed. One scales was put under the foot of a bed and weighed 232kg ...
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### What is the shape of a clamped bent bar?

How would I figure out the Cartesian graph that describes a bar clamped flat for a length on one end with downward force being applied to the other? I have an idea that the bar will try to average ...