1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Calculating uniform and sometimes point loads on simple beams and the calculated beam deflections using ETLs (estimated tabular loads). My question in simply if I have found a deflection that is .005" less than the given maximum deflection, is it so close that if I don't recalculate, will my professor think that I'm some kind of an engineering maverick/loose cannon? I'm not kidding, I seriously just don't want to be too close for comfort, and I don't know yet how close structural engineers like to get. 2. Relevant equations ETL = [(M)(8)] / L deflection = [(5)(ETL)(L3) / [(384)(E)(I)] 3. The attempt at a solution Deflection found. too close? actual deflection = .660" maximum deflection = .6666"