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

Determine the force in each member of the loaded truss. The force is positive if in tension, negative if in compression.

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2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

I defined the positive y axis to be from B to A and hence the positive x axis is from B to C.

To find AB I took the sum of the force in the y-direction on point B, my calculations are:

0 = AB - (224kg)(9.8)cos(37)

AB = 1753.2 N

This answer is correct.

Then to find BC I found the forces in the x-direction at point B

0 = -BC + (224)(9.8)sin(37)

BC = 1321.1 N

However it says my answer is wrong. I suspect that it should be -1321.1 N but I have not tried this.

I am stuck on finding AC.

Some of the my classmates tried:

(BC)cos(37) which gives me 1055 N but it says this is wrong.

Any help would be appraciated.

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# Homework Help: Determing the Force in Each Member of the Loaded Truss

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