I am overwhelmed by this HW problem I have. Coming back from spring break, our professor blasted through the entire chapter covering analysis of structures, and then assigned this problem for HW (see attached). I am completely stuck. I basically don't know if I am on the right track. I started with part a) by trying to find the force (tension) pulling on member AB. I did this by calculating the moment about point D. Md = 6kN * .3m = 1.8kNm (ccw) I took this torque and used it to compute the x component of the tension at AB. Md=Force*distance Fab=Md / distance Fab= 1.8kNm * .320m = 5.625kN to the left Using this tension, I tried to find the x component of the force at point C by using the moment created at E by tension AB. Me = .460m * 5.625kN = 2.59kNm (ccw) Fcx = Me / distance Fcx = 2.59kNm / .300m = 8.63kN Finally, I try to compute the force along CD using the x component I just found (or think I found). I do this using the right triangle created between D, C and the horizontal from D. This gives me .4 along the horz, and .16 along the vertical. That gives a hypotenuse of 80*sqrt(29). Also, the angle created by DC with the horz is 21.8 degrees. By using similar triangles, I find the force along CD to be Fcd=(80*sqrt(29)/400) * Fcx = 9.29kN This answer is wrong. The book has 10.72kN at 21.8 degrees. Atleast I found the angle correctly. I am close, but not correct. Also, I don't feel like I followed any process that we were given for the analysis of structures. Ofcourse, the class examples were painfully simple, and I left class with a great feeling that this was a piece of cake. This problem is changing my mind. Maybe this is simple too, but I am just not seeing it. I am in over my head with this problem. Can someone atleast give me push towards shore? Maybe toss me a life preserver even? I have not even considered part b yet! Thanks in advance.