1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Homework Help: Statics problem

  1. Apr 19, 2016 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    A uniform beam of mass m is inclined at an angle θ to the horizontal. Its upper end (point P) produces a 90° bend in a very rough rope tied to a wall, and its lower end rests on a rough floor (see figure below). Let μs represent the coefficient of static friction between beam and floor. Assume μs is less than the cotangent of θ.
    (a) Find an expression for the maximum mass M that can be suspended from the top before the beam slips. (Use any variable or symbol stated above along with the following as necessary: g.)
    (b) Determine the magnitude of the reaction force (R) at the floor in terms of m, M, g, and μs.
    (c) Determine the magnitude of the force (F) exerted by the beam on the rope at P in terms of m, M, g, and μs.

    2. Relevant equations
    Net torque = 0
    Fnet = 0

    3. The attempt at a solution
    I have no clue where to start. Previous ones were easier, I just need to get started.
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 19, 2016 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor
    Homework Helper
    Gold Member

    1. There are two weights that need to be kept static by vertically upwards forces. Where can those forces be applied to the system (or rope, weight and beam) by immovable objects (walls and/or floors)?
    2. What is the vertical component of the force with which the beam pushes on the floor?
    3. What is the horizontal component of the force with which the beam pushes on the floor?
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Have something to add?
Draft saved Draft deleted