## Homework Statement

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).

## Homework Equations

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.

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ok...i know i wasn't much specific, but anyone???

maybe to elaborate a little, i want to find the transmission of forces at the monitor-structure interface.
Am i right to assume that the weight actually does act thru the centre of mass (approx) and then find the reaction of supports thru moments at each point of contact?

PhanthomJay