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Homework Help: Moment on a a semi quarter plate

  1. Oct 30, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    I have 750+CD +200=200-Fay -Fby = 0
    then can someone suggset at which point or axis i should calculate the moment ? seems like no point / axis is suitable to do that ...
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    3. The attempt at a solution

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  3. Oct 30, 2015 #2


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    I don't lnow why you have an extra 200 on each side, but since they cancel it doesn't matter.
    You mean Faz and Fbz, no?
    Which way does the force act in CD?

    For choice of axis, it usually helps to pick a point with one or several unknown forces acting through it, so they do not feature in the equation. You will need equations for more than one axis, but they can pass through the same point.

    You should be able to knock off Fax and Fay straight away.
  4. Oct 30, 2015 #3
    for moment about A , i have 350(1) +CD(3) +200(3)+200(3√2)-FBZ(3√2) = 0
    for moment about B , i have -200(1.55)-3CD-350(√13)+FAZ(3√2) =0
    for moment about C, i have -350(2)+FAZ(3)+200(3)+200(3)-3FBZ= 0

    I have tried to plug in the ans to see whether my working is correct or not . but , unfortunealy , my ans is wrong ......
    the given ans is FBZ= 373N , FAZ=333N , CD=43.5N
  5. Oct 30, 2015 #4


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    In a 3D world, moments are not about a point but about an axis. Follow Haru's advice and look at moments about AC and about AB
  6. Oct 30, 2015 #5


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    To clarify, you can take moments about a point, but the moment you get will have an axis. That is, it will be a vector.
    You can also choose to take moments about specific axes through the point. In that case each moment will be the component of the total moment parallel to the chosen axis. It's analogous to finding the net force as a vector, or finding the components of the net force along chosen axes.
    As BvU indicates, this does not work. Those individual moments do not all have the same axis, so you cannot add them as scalars. Either find them as vectors, or take moments separately about the x, y, z axes through the point.
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