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I've attached a picture of my problem (with diagram): 4.70 .

"For the frame and loading show, determine the reactions at A and C."

From the diagram, you can see that the metal object is made up of 2 parts:

1) A to B

2) B to D

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

how do you arrive at the correct direction of the forces (ie: angle of the force; direction of its "application"). I have 2 interpretations and they will give different angles with which the force is applied (same magnitudes though). Which one is the correct interpretation? Because this is a statics problem (bodies at equilibrium), the sum of the forces = 0 (illustrated by the triangles).

How do you logically determine which interpretation (of force directions) is correct when you do these problems?

Thank you.

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# Constructing forces (mechanics)

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