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Best Way to Solve Statics Problems

  1. Dec 5, 2012 #1
    My question is very simple. When solving static equilibrium problems (such as finding reactions at joints) when should I take the moment about the x,y, and z axes and when is it better to take a joint and find the reaction forces on that joint? Also any other tips will be appreciated.
     
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  3. Dec 6, 2012 #2

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    You'll probably have to use moments and force balances in combination; if you have 3 unknown variables for example you'll need three equations relating them, and odds are one or even two will be moment balances.
     
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