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

An aluminum beam 79 m long and with a cross-sectional area of 0.095 m2 is used as part of a bridge. The beam is clamped rigidly at both ends.

(a) If the temperature of the beam is increased by 29°C, what is magnitude of the extra force exerted by the beam on one of its supports?

(b) What is the magnitude of the force if the temperature of the beam is decreased by 43°C?

2. Relevant equations

delta L = alpha of alum (a constant) * L * temp

Force = Young's Modulus of alum * area * delta L / L

3. The attempt at a solution

For a)

delta L = (22.2x10^-6)*(79m)*(302 K) = .53m

F= (7.0x10^10)*(.095m^2)*(.53m)/(79m) = 4.46x10^7

Unfortunately, that was incorrect.

Because I couldn't get the first part correct, I haven't been able to attempt b, but I'm assuming you do the same thing but change the temp in the first equation.

Any help?

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# Homework Help: Finding the force exerted on a beam when the temp of the aluminum beam is increased

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