# Equilibrium in roof truss

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The first thing that i did was that i made the free body diagram. From my knowledge i would say that AB and BC are in compression and AC is in tension (i think that is correct). Now the question asked to take moments at B for finding the force in AC whether it be tension or compression, however when i do that it seems like the forces just cancel off each other, and that is where i am stuck

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1. What i want to find is which members are in tension and compression (AB, BC, AC)?

2. What is the force at AC? The weight of AC is negligible.

3. What force from the left (the wind) is required to make the truss pivot at C?

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How many times are you going to post this?

What is the downward force is that you've got at B?
If AB and BC are under compression, why don't you have the compression inthe FBD?

It's pretty clear to me that AC is under 1800 N of tension. You'll have to solve for a net force of zero at A to get that answer.

For part 3: Since you're dealing with Torque, it matters where the force is going to apply. You can get your answer by eliminating the normal force at A, and solving for zero net torque about C.

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