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Homework Help: Simple statics

  1. May 26, 2006 #1
    I'm trying to solve the problems on this page:


    The second last one is a bit hard for me, but I think I've got it. Just need to get my approach confirmed as correct. I first found the external support reactions, that went fine.

    Then, to determine the force in CD, I first drew an FBD (free body diagram) of member ABC placing two uknown forces at point B (Bx and By) and the one given force at C (should I have placed two unknown forces here also, Cx and Cy ?). Solving this I found the values for Bx and By.

    I now drew a new FBD for member BD, placing two new unknown forces (Dx and Dy) in point D along with the given force in the middle, the known force E, and Bx and By (which I found earlier) in point B. Solving for Dx I got the correct answer of 9000 lb, but is my approach valid, or was this just coincidence?

    Any help will be appreciated...
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  3. May 26, 2006 #2


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    Which problem is this? the third?
  4. May 27, 2006 #3
    No, fourth.
  5. May 27, 2006 #4


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    Yes, member ABC ha Cx and Cy on its FBD.

    So you took member BD, and put the forces at B (Bx and By), the forces at D (Dx and Dy, 4000 and the E force)??, plus the 5000 force in the middle??
  6. May 27, 2006 #5
    You're doing too much work. You can solve for CD by just balancing the free body of member ABC now that you have the reactions at A. CD is a 2 force force member so it only has axial force (in its X direction), but you still have to apply the 10,000lb load to joint C in the Y direction when balancing the free body of ABC. Correctly sum moments on the free body of ABC and the force in CD can be found.
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