(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

Given F, b, and h, determine the angle θ which will cause the greatest strain.

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3. The attempt at a solution

I know to break it up into components so that I get M_{a}= F(bcosθ+hsinθ). But after that I'm at a loss for what to do.

Intuitively I think the answer is 45, but I'm at a loss for how to prove that mathematically.

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# Homework Help: Determine the angle which will cause the greatest torque

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