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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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Confused about forces acting in this simple statics problem

I'm trying to solve this statics problem to find the internal tension that results, in each member: It shows 3 idealised weightless rigid members hinged in a vertical plane, in an isoceles triangle. ...
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How to interpret explicit moments in beams?

Consider the beam in the picture above. There are several forces that cause moments around all points in the beams. But there is also one "explicit" moment: 20kNm. How do I interpret these kinds of ...
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Deriving an integral in a mechanics problem (massless string holding up a disk)

I am told that a massless string is holding up a disk of mass $M$ and radius $R$. I want to find out the value of the tension $T$ in the string. The textbook does this trivially by stating that $2T=...
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How to deduce the following equilibrium equation?

I have seen the following free-body diagram in an engineering paper, J. Compos. Constr. 9, 388 (2005) (e-print): As it is mentioned in the paper $f_j$ is the stress in the FRP layer (which acts ...
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Torque on a shelf

Say I have a shelf anchored to the wall (how it's anchored doesn't matter here I think), with a mass (m) taking up most of the space on the shelf: Say the shelf is x meters long, and the mass is y ...
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Friction Behavior at corners

The question: Find the range of value of $L/D$ such that the system remains in static equilibrium. And explain why such a range exists and not just a single value. This is the question where I ...
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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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In fig we have a block (shape $A$) that a rod is connected to it (shape $B$)

In fig we have a block (shape $A$) that a rod is connected to it (shape $B$) let that this system is stationary . Now I know that free body diagram is : Thus $$A : \vec{i} :T_{BA}=f_{s}$$ $$A : \...
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Formula for would something fall over or not?

Let's say I have a 10cm x 10cm x 50 cm wooden stick that weights 5kg total. The 10cm x 10cm base is touching the floor and it protrudes from the floor 50cm which is the height of the stick. Based on ...
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Three Dimensional Torque on a Sphere

Assume that we have a sphere in 3D space. Let point $A$ rest on the surface of the sphere. I can apply a force $F$ of any magnitude and any direction, so long as it points tangential to the surface ...
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Magnitude of F about line CD (Mechanics, 3D vector system)

I am having trouble with this question: I will write out the question below to make it easier for other people googling the question to find it: 2/139 If the magnitude of the moment of F about line ...
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Good book on Statics and Dynamics [duplicate]

Could you please suggest a good book on statics and dynamics. The portions I have to cover include Statics : Equilibrium in 2&3 dimensions, Virtual work,Common catenary etc Dynamics : ...
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How can I measure some forces in this experiment…? (statics)

Math and statics weakling here trying to do some... math and statics. I have an experiment where I'm trying to measure forces along 2 axes. I currently have a setup that I think might give me the data ...
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Derivation of friction in interleaved phonebooks

Trying to understand the simple model in https://arxiv.org/abs/1508.03290, describing the friction between the pages of two interleaved phonebooks. Specifically I don't see how to get Eq. 1. Here's ...
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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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Why are ropeway pillars tilted?

While skiing I have noticed that ropeways pillars are usually tilted to be perpendicular to the slope (fig.1). If the gravity is pulling straight down, why aren't they vertical as they are supposed to ...
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Rotor finds equilibrium in TWO positions, why and how?

I have a Mendocino motor, a toy with magnets, solar panels, and coils. Such a thing requires careful balancing (eg. with tiny bits of tape) to achieve sufficient balance that it will start rotating ...
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How does beam pinned at one end resist moment?

This beam is constrained by a pin at one end, so it is free to rotate around that point. If a moment M is applied, the beam cannot move since any rotation would involve motion of the COM, which is not ...
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Stability of a falling object

Suppose there is a falling object that has flaps around it providing resistance to the non-contact force of gravity. How would the vehicle theoretically not flip over? From my understanding, the ...
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Balanced Torques and centre of mass

Say we have a plank of wood that is placed on the edge of a cliff so that one end projects horizontally out over the edge. How would you go about finding the minimum mass that you could place on top ...
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What analysis should I make when there is toppling question without specified axis? [closed]

For example - What maximum weight can be put on a table of 20 kg and radius 1 m with massless leg which are symmetrically placed on circumference so, it doesn't topple? Here, I don't know how to ...
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Static Equilibrium: Normal Force

Consider the following situation where an object (for example a person) is at rest at point D such that the system is in static equilibrium: Why is there no normal force present at point D? To my ...
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Does mass affect how likely an object is to topple over?

I was at work recently pulling around some pallets when I had a thought. I wanted to know if the mass of the pallet had any influence on how likely it is for the pallet to topple over when going ...
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How to calculate the max load a metal bar can hold?

How would one calculate the amount of weight a steel bar could hold before breaking? Apologies for the terrible diagram. So if I had a steel bar of the length 18in, and the cross-section with a ...
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Does the distance two weights are from you alter the difficulty of lifting them?

If I am weightlifting and I choose to do the deadlift, does it matter how far away from me the weights are on the bar, given that they are equally distance from me on both sides. E.g. I am deadlifting ...
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Rod that is toppling over

A rod is about to fall over. If $N=mg$, then there is no resultant vertical force acting on the object. So how is the object able to fall over? Intuitively I understand why it would fall over but ...
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How do I calculate the maximum force needed to apply on the structure for it to topple over? [closed]

The structure consists of 6 parts as shown and the purpose of this structure is to be placed in construction sites to monitor the progress of works. As such, the structure will be subjected to ...
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Is the method of joints only applicable to trusses?

I am confused as to whether the method of joints is only restrained to pin-jointed trusses or it can be applied to other statics problem, for example the one shown in the picture, and why?.
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How would I draw the forces on two identical ladders propped up against each other, connected by a rope?

Two ladders of uniform density and equal mass m are propped up against each other at angles $\theta$ from the frictionless ground. A rope of tension $T$ connects the two horizontally a distance $\...
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Statics problem: Finding resultant force angle measured from positive x-axis

I have this diagram: And I have done these calculations: $$R_x=-20sin(30)+30cos(35)+80cos(45)=71.14 \; lb$$ $$R_y=20cos(30)+30sin(35)-80sin(45)=-22.04 \; lb$$ The magnitude of this resultant force is ...
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How do I measure the total weight of a container with scales on four corners?

I have a very large movable trash container, and I have mounted four scales, one on each corner. How do I get the total weight of the entire container? Is it simply a sum of the four weights, or is it ...
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From Where Did The Table Get Energy? [duplicate]

When a block in resting on a table (the table is on Earth) the table stops the block from going more down, from where does it get the energy to apply a force opposite to gravity?
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Virtual work - Tension in a string

I am confused about the way Tension or Thrust is used in equation of virtual work. I mean whether to use $ T\cdot dr$ or $-T\cdot dr$ (work done by tension). For instance in the below case : A ...
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Beam attached to a wall

Suppose I have a rigid beam attached to a wall, how can the reaction force on the point the beam is attached to generate a static equilibrium on the beam? ...
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Base length and Mass required to stabilize a large heavy sign [closed]

I have an 8ft x 7.5ft sign that is about 4inches thick and weighs about 150lbs. We can assume the whole thing is made of the same density I am building the stand for this and I cannot anchor it to ...
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Ladder and friction (wall and floor) [closed]

Here there is a problem and the proposed solution: UPDATE: I can't understand why getting the maximum friction to solve this kind of problem when it is known that static friction, depending on other ...
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What is the maximum force you can exert on the ground with one leg? [duplicate]

You are standing on hard floor. Clothes weigh negligibly. You move only your leg. Everything else remains stationary. Assume you are made of the same material as the average human. Can the force ...
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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 when ...
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Reaction forces in pyramid stacking of steel coils

I was tasked with solving this problem at work as we are out of coil holders and we bought 140 coils and need to stack them asap. Companies that make the storage holders are on back order for several ...
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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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Why is the shape of a hanging chain not a “V”?

From Wikipedia: To answer this question: "What is the shape of a chain suspended at both ends?" we can use the variational principle that the shape must minimize the gravitational potential energy. ...
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Is there a name for this phenomenon?

Imagine I have a cylindrical pipe closed on both ends with lids. I fill it with sand and compress the sand tightly. Now I hold the cylinder vertically and remove the bottom lid. The sand will counter ...
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Tipping angle of a box [duplicate]

how do you calculate the tipping angle of a box? That is the maximum angle a which a box can reach before tipping over. help, please!
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3 people carry a log of wood, which one is carrying the most weight [closed]

I saw this on a youtube video. The answer is that the one in the middle is carrying 25 % more than the other two. Can someone explain this?
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A question about temperature in the concept of a macroscopic statistical-mechanical system

I recently have come across a question while working on Statistical Mechanics. The question itself was quite straight forward (no this is not a "do my homework" question in case you were wondering) ...
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Distribution of normal force on a book resting on the edge of a table

Assume a uniform book is resting on a table. The book has length $1$. But not the entire book is resting on the table, a bit $\alpha$ is sticking out of the table. Obviously, due to experience, we ...
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Power in 1st Gear

The max power an engine puts out is what determines the max speed a car travel at right, obviously it's more nuanced than that because there are losses in the drive train, and the shape of the car ...
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Finding the equation of a chain hanging between two points

Say I have a connected at either end to two points, $A(x_A, y_A)$ and $B(x_B, y_B)$ of length $l$, where $l \leq \sqrt{(x_B - x_A)^2 + (y_B - y_A)^2}$, how would I go about finding an equation of its ...
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Calculating the tipping point of a lamp post

So I'm designing an outdoor lamp post and trying to calculate whether it will withstand the heavy winds at the worst case scenario. Here are the parameters and what I've done so far: The lamp post is ...
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Conditions for Static Equilibrium of Rigid Body [duplicate]

When there are forces acting on a rigid body, the two conditions that has to be satisfied for the body to be in static equilibrium are: 1. The sum of all forces must be zero (translational equilibirum)...

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