# Shear/Bending Diagram Question

1. Dec 7, 2005

### markow202

Hi everyone,

I have a problem question in my statics class and one problem askes to draw the shear and bending diagram for the problem.

It shows the beam ------------------------ with the reaction pushing down on the top/middle of it and A and B on each side but shows no forces pushing up on each side which Im stuck on.

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A B
^ ^
| |
| |
| ? |?

Every other example in the book shows forces pushing up on A/B but not the questions.

If it showed them I wouldnt be stuck....what do I have to do in this case?

Thanks so much!

2. Dec 7, 2005

### Fermat

Hint: If you wrap "code" tags around your "diagram" (in the post/editing area) then it will show up better.

Question:Is there a force (load) acting down in the middle of the beam AB ? Or is it slightly offset from the centre ?

If it's in the middle, then the reactions at A and B are: RA = W/2 and RB = W/2.

If it's slightly offset, then you will have to take moments about A, or B, to determine the exact value of RA and RB.

3. Dec 7, 2005

### TiBaal89

Well if there's a load on the beam and A and B are labeled but no forces are shown.... there better be forces at A and B or this isn't statics my friend!

Last edited: Dec 7, 2005