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Homework Help: Problems involving trusses using method of joints

  1. Oct 7, 2008 #1
    While solving for problems involving trusses using method of joints, how do i know which member is in compression and which is in tension?
    any help would be appreciated, this stuff's been bugging me for quite some time

    thanks and god bless
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  3. Oct 7, 2008 #2


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    Welcome to PF!

    Hi Siddy3242! Welcome to PF! :smile:
    You don't need to know …

    the equations will come out negative one way, and positive the other …

    in other words, make an intelligent guess as to whether it's in tension or compression, solve the equations, and if you guessed wrong, the force comes out negative! :biggrin:

    If you're still worried, show us a problem that you've done. :smile:
  4. Oct 7, 2008 #3
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    http://img122.imageshack.us/img122/5923/88374834wb5.jpg [Broken]

    thats the problem i m working on

    so far i have drawn the free body diagram of the truss
    found the 2 horizontal forces in the 2 corner joints

    right now i m starting from point A, and considering the first triangle ABC,
    but like i said b4, i dont know nothing about the direction of forces
    i am totally lost @ this point
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  5. Oct 7, 2008 #4
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    nvm, i figured it out thanks a lot
    i kinda have a new problem

    i cant figure out where zero forces in trusses come into play, i mean how do i know which forces are zero force members or not?
  6. Oct 7, 2008 #5


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    hmm … I've never come across zero forces :frown:

    I assume you just solve the equations, and find that some members have positive force, which is tension, some have negative force, which is compression, and some have zero force … so they can just relax! :biggrin:
  7. Oct 7, 2008 #6
    Re: Trusses

    oh well, I have it almost figured out

    thanks a lot anyways, u been a great help:smile:
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