1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data In my notes , I was told that shear stress is maximum at the neutral axis . The normal stress will be maximum at one end , while the another end will be minimum... 2. Relevant equations 3. The attempt at a solution Why the shear stress is maximum at the neutral axis ? When we 'tear ' an object , the boundary will move first , resulting the max shear stress occur at boundary , am i right ? When we bend a beam , one part will undergo compression , while the another end will undergo tension ... So , the part which undergo compression will have the minimum normal stress? the another end will undergo tension will have max normal stress?