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Homework Help: Heaviside function or singularities function

  1. Jul 13, 2006 #1
    Does anybody knows heaviside function or singularities function such as <x-a>^n ;n=1,2,3.... for mechanics

    i wish to know what does this mean and how to draw the shears stress and moments diagramusing this function.any recommended websites for this is appreaciable too

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  3. Jul 13, 2006 #2
    Hi, sure what do you want to know about it specifically?

    Hibbeler is a good source.

    Side: He is not talking about the heavy side function for laplace, which is what I initially though. Right?
  4. Jul 13, 2006 #3
    ya,i mean we need this to draw the graph for shear stress and bending moments in mechanics,any source recommended??
  5. Jul 13, 2006 #4
    You can look for either Hibbler or Beer-Johnston for information on it. Both are sufficient.

    Note: You do not NEED to know these functions to make shear/moment diagrams. You can make them with out it.

    You can try google or yahoo.

    http://em-ntserver.unl.edu/NEGAHBAN/Em325/10a-shear-and-bending-moment/Shear%20stress%20in%20beams.htm [Broken]
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  6. Jul 14, 2006 #5
    thanx very much
  7. Jul 15, 2006 #6
    besides,those boks recommended up there,are there any links to websites that teach how to calculate the shear stress and bending moments using the heaviside function as stated above ??

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  9. Jul 15, 2006 #8


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    This might help - http://physics.uwstout.edu/StatStr/statics/


    These might be useful for those learning about beam diagrams with loads/forces, shear and bending, and moments -

    Beam: Shear and Moment Diagrams
    http://www.ent.ohiou.edu/~bobw/html/HapEd/NSF/Stat/Beam.pdf [Broken]


    http://www.ae.msstate.edu/~masoud/Teaching/exp/A14.7_ex1.html [Broken]
    http://www.ae.msstate.edu/~masoud/Teaching/exp/A14.7_ex2.html [Broken]


    http://www.public.iastate.edu/~fanous/ce332/homepage.html - more examples
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  10. Jul 15, 2006 #9
    thanx very much
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