Hi all,
I'm taking a Structures course in University and are learning about Freebody diagrams and figuring out Reaction forces (magnitude, direction, sense etc) and have a very basic question. Can someone please tell me how to convert a uniformly varying load into a concentrated point load, and how does one figure out at which point on the member to place this concentrated point load? i've attached a scan from my book but it doesn't show how to derive the point load. appreciate thanks.

I do know how to convert a uniform load into a concentrated point load.

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 Recognitions: Science Advisor The point load is placed in line with the centroid of the right triangle. It is found by $$X = \frac{2B}{3}$$ where B = The length of the total varying load. X = distance from the large end of the load triangle (in this case, where the large dot is right below the 15 k/ft) Look here for a reference: http://www.ele.uri.edu/~daly/106/06/.../centroid.html
 Thanks Fred... can you tell me how does one arrive at the value concentrated load of 67.5? I know with a uniform load we have to multiply the uniform load and the length it affects. eg: 2k/ft x 6ft

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