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When to use MC/I and when to use MC/It?

  1. Mar 2, 2013 #1
    I'm in a Strength of Materials course and I'm confused about when to use Mc/I and when to leave off the t, and what exactly the t and the c are. I thought that t was the distance to the centroid and that c was the distance to the line of action, but I'm running through practice problems and I think it's wrong.
  2. jcsd
  3. Mar 2, 2013 #2
    c is the distance from the edge to the centroid of the beam, yes. t is the particular point you want to look at in the cross section of the beam. In max tension or compression stress, t=c. Otherwise it becomes a ratio.
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