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A 900-N boy sits on top of a ladder of negligible weight that rests on a frictionless floor as in http://m.domaindlx.com/barnsworth/physics.JPG. There is a cross brace halfway up the ladder, and the angle at the apex is 30 degrees.

a) What is the force exerted by floor on each leg of the ladder?

b) Find tension in the cross brace.

The first part was simple enough i guess. i did 4F = 900 since net Fy = 0, giving me F = 225 for (a).

Haven't the slightest clue on part (b) though. I don't know where to begin.

Anyways, thanks for any help in advance.

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# Homework Help: Confusing static equilibrium problem

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