Ok, i have a small (optional) project, to design a load bearing structure made of matchsticks. The structure must be able to withstand the load a computer monitor (i have a 17" one).
Now, the problem i am facing is how would the force (of gravity due to the mass of the monitor be distributed across the matchstick structure?
Note that, i intend to make use of 'matchstick trusses' (only two force members), with 'pin joints' (actually strings binding the match sticks).
The Attempt at a Solution
I am actually totally clueless about this, as the problems i had encountered in high school assumed that all the weight acted through the centre of mass, which i don't think would be a valid assumption given the apparent non uniform distribution in the monitor.