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Homework Help: Representing distributed loads with singularity functions

  1. Oct 6, 2014 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    could someone explain why the terms in red represent the red distributed load in the attached diagram?

    2. Relevant equations

    http://postimg.org/image/3x0wywr4v/ [Broken]

    3. The attempt at a solution
    the only term I think I understand is the -3<x-0>^0 but I'm not sure of the rest

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  3. Oct 7, 2014 #2


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    It's not clear from the attached image. There are no terms in red.

    In any event, you need to understand how the particular singularity function is defined. The link below is a slide show which has the definition of a singularity function and includes some examples of how distributed loads, etc. can be represented.

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  4. Oct 11, 2014 #3
    I read the slides but I'm still confused about this kind of distributed load
    http://postimg.org/image/xic825v3j/ [Broken]

    could you explain the contribution of each term?
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