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## Homework Statement

determine deflection of beam

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

at x=0, y=0 , i found that C2 = LP(a^2)/6 (circled part) but the author gt 0, which is correct?

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determine deflection of beam

at x=0, y=0 , i found that C2 = LP(a^2)/6 (circled part) but the author gt 0, which is correct?

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## Homework Statement

determine deflection of beam

## Homework Equations

## The Attempt at a Solution

at x=0, y=0 , i found that C2 = LP(a^2)/6 (circled part) but the author gt 0, which is correct?

The author is correct.

##EIy = -\frac{b}{6a}Px^3 + \frac{L}{6a}P<x-a>^3+C_1x+C_2##

When x = 0, y = 0, and the expression <x-a> = 0, due to the definition of the singularity function <x-a>, and C

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why <x-a> = 0 ?The author is correct.

##EIy = -\frac{b}{6a}Px^3 + \frac{L}{6a}P<x-a>^3+C_1x+C_2##

When x = 0, y = 0, and the expression <x-a> = 0, due to the definition of the singularity function <x-a>, and C_{2}= 0 as described in the text.

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The way a singularity function is defined:why <x-a> = 0 ?

<x-a> = 0, if x - a < 0

<x-a> = 1, if x - a > 0

Some other properties are found in this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_function

You should check your text for the precise definition.

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my notes doesnt hv explaination on thisThe way a singularity function is defined:

<x-a> = 0, if x - a < 0

<x-a> = 1, if x - a > 0

Some other properties are found in this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_function

You should check your text for the precise definition.

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since x - a > 0, so <x-a> = 1 , am i right ? why the author take <x-a> = 0 ?The way a singularity function is defined:

<x-a> = 0, if x - a < 0

<x-a> = 1, if x - a > 0

Some other properties are found in this article:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Singularity_function

You should check your text for the precise definition.

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When x = 0, <0 - a> = -a; -a < 0; <0-a> = 0, according to the definition of the singularity functionsince x - a > 0, so <x-a> = 1 , am i right ? why the author take <x-a> = 0 ?

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What about your textbook? Do you have a textbook for this course? What does it say?my notes doesnt hv explaination on this

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ok , i have another part of question here . in the working , the maximum deflection occur at x= (1/sqrt rt 3) ,What about your textbook? Do you have a textbook for this course? What does it say?

why the author ignore the LP[(x-a)^3]/ (6a) at x = (1/sqrt rt 3) ?

by ignoring the at LP[(x-a)^3]/ (6a) at x= (1/sqrt rt 3) , the author assume x-a <0 ????

but , the value of a is unknown , how to know that x-a<0 ?

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ok , i have another part of question here . in the working , the maximum deflection occur at x= (1/sqrt rt 3) ,

why the author ignore the LP[(x-a)^3]/ (6a) at x = (1/sqrt rt 3) ?

by ignoring the at LP[(x-a)^3]/ (6a) at x= (1/sqrt rt 3) , the author assume x-a <0 ????

but , the value of a is unknown , how to know that x-a<0 ?

I think the author is clumsily trying to say that the singularity function <x-a> = 0 where the deflection is at a maximum. Instead of saying "do not exist", it would probably be better to say that "<x-a> vanishes" at that location.

Anyhow, once that fact is recognized, then the location x of the maximum deflection can be solved for as illustrated.

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how could that be ? the value of a is unknownI think the author is clumsily trying to say that the singularity function <x-a> = 0 where the deflection is at a maximum. Instead of saying "do not exist", it would probably be better to say that "<x-a> vanishes" at that location.

Anyhow, once that fact is recognized, then the location x of the maximum deflection can be solved for as illustrated.

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No, it isn't. a is the distance between R1 and R2. Look at the beam diagram.how could that be ? the value of a is unknown

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if it' so , x > a , so x-a > 0 , so <x-a> should be =1 , right ?No, it isn't. a is the distance between R1 and R2. Look at the beam diagram.

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It's notif it' so , x > a , so x-a > 0 , so <x-a> should be =1 , right ?

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why <x-a> = 0 when deflection is at a maximum ??I think the author is clumsily trying to say that the singularity function <x-a> = 0 where the deflection is at a maximum. Instead of saying "do not exist", it would probably be better to say that "<x-a> vanishes" at that location.

Anyhow, once that fact is recognized, then the location x of the maximum deflection can be solved for as illustrated.

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Specifically, the problem is looking for thewhy <x-a> = 0 when deflection is at a maximum ??

The quantity <x-a> is going to be zero because x is located

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x is located between supports ? but , in the diagram , x span from R1 and beyond R2 ?Specifically, the problem is looking for thelocation of the maximum deflection between the supports.

The quantity <x-a> is going to be zero because x is locatedbetween between the supportsand x = a is the location of the right support. That's just the definition of the singularity function in this case. It helps to check the beam diagram for this problem.

What do you mean ?

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x is the length coordinate of the beam with origin at the left support, i.e. x = 0 there.x is located between supports ? but , in the diagram , x span from R1 and beyond R2 ?

What do you mean ?

Sure, x can be used to locate stuff along the entire length of the beam (even beyond the location of the right support), but this particular question asks the student to find the location of maximum deflection between the supports, i.e. find max. δ(x) such that 0 ≤ x ≤ a. Again, refer to the diagram.

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Can you explain what is the purpose of having singularity function in beam problem?x is the length coordinate of the beam with origin at the left support, i.e. x = 0 there.

Sure, x can be used to locate stuff along the entire length of the beam (even beyond the location of the right support), but this particular question asks the student to find the location of maximum deflection between the supports, i.e. find max. δ(x) such that 0 ≤ x ≤ a. Again, refer to the diagram.

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Their use can simplify the deflection calculations, especially when the double integration method is used to calculate deflections.Can you explain what is the purpose of having singularity function in beam problem?

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if they are not used,then the calculation will become complicated?Their use can simplify the deflection calculations, especially when the double integration method is used to calculate deflections.

I'm still blurred. Taking the case from post#1 as an example, why singularity function said that <x-a> =0 if x<a ?

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if they are not used,then the calculation will become complicated?

Yes. The beam must be split into many different pieces, depending on how it is loaded.

Because that is how the singularity function is defined.I'm still blurred. Taking the case from post#1 as an example, why singularity function said that <x-a> =0 if x<a ?

If x < a, then the singularity function <x-a> = 0

If x > a, then the singularity function <x-a> = (x - a)

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what do you mean byYes. The beam must be split into many different pieces, depending on how it is loaded.

Because that is how the singularity function is defined.

If x < a, then the singularity function <x-a> = 0

If x > a, then the singularity function <x-a> = (x - a)

The beam must be split into many different pieces ?

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Just that. If you have many different loads, then the shear force curve and the bending moment curve will be affected by all these different loads and their location along the beam. If you have a single distributed load running the entire length of the beam, that is the simplest loading to analyze. If you have a mix of point loads and distributed loads, or just several point loads, the analysis becomes more complicated. It's hard to describe without having an example problem to use as an illustration.what do you mean by

The beam must be split into many different pieces ?

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can you explain using the example in post #1?Just that. If you have many different loads, then the shear force curve and the bending moment curve will be affected by all these different loads and their location along the beam. If you have a single distributed load running the entire length of the beam, that is the simplest loading to analyze. If you have a mix of point loads and distributed loads, or just several point loads, the analysis becomes more complicated. It's hard to describe without having an example problem to use as an illustration.

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