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# PROBLEMS

## 1. The collar A of mass m may slide freely on the

horizontal frictionless rod. The spring attached to the
collar has a stiffness of 10 N/cm and it is undeformed
when the collar is directly below support B. Determine
the magnitude of the force P required to maintain
equilibrium.
9 cm
B
12 cm

m
A

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2. A scale is constructed
using the 10 kg mass A, the 2
kilogram pan P and the pulley
and cord arrangement. Cord
BCA is 2 m long. If s = 0.75 m,
determine the mass D in the
pan. Neglect the size of the
pulley.

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3. The hoist shown is used to
position heavy workpieces in a
lathe. If the cable between
pulleys A and B can support a
maximum force of 1.2 kN, all
other cables can support a
maximum force of 2.2 kN, and
bar CE can support a maximum
comressive force of 2.6 kN,
determine the largest weight
W that may be lifted.
Note that bar CE is a two
force member which can
support a force along its
longitudinal axis.

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4. Two particles weighing 800 N and 200 N are held
in equilibrium on frictionless perpendicular surfaces
by a cable which makes an angle q with the horizontal.

## a) Determine the normal forces acting from the

surfaces on the particles,
b) Tension in the cable,

c) Angle q .

cable

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5. It is aimed to hold the 48 kN load in equilibrium
by the wire AB that passes fromthe ring at C. In
order to do this, another force P parallel to the xy
plane is applied to the ring. Determine the tension
in

z

9m

1m
A

12 m

8m
12 m
y

C
x

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## 6. Cables AB and AC can sustain a

maximum tension of 500 N and the
pole can sustain a maximum
comression of 300 N. Determine the
maximum weight of the lamp that
can be supported in the position
shown. The force in the pole acts
along the axis of the pole.

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7. A small peg P rests on a spring that is contained
inside the smooth pipe. When the spring is
compressed so that s = 0.15 m, the spring exerts an
z
upward force of 60 N
on the peg. Determine
P
the point of attachment
A (x, y, 0) of
s
cord PA so that
the tension in
cords PB and PC
B
equals 30 N and
0.2 m
0.4 m
C
50 N,
0.3 m
respectively.
y

x
A

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## 8. Straight bar AB is fixed in space. Spring CD has a

stiffness of 3 N/mm and its unstretched length is 200
mm. If there is no friction between collar C and bar AB,
determine the
weight W of the
collar that
produces the
equilibrium
condition shown
and the reaction
between the
collar and bar
AB.

## 9. The pipe is held in

place by the vice. If
the bolt exerts a
force of 250 N on the
pipe in the direction
shown, determine the
forces FA and FB that
the smooth contacts
at A and B exert on
the pipe.

## 10. Each cord can sustain a

maximum pressure of 2000 N.
Determine the largest weight
of the sack that can be
supported. Also determine q of
cord DC for equilibrium.

## 11. Determine the mass of each of the two cylinders

if they cause a sag of s = 0.5 m when supported from
the rings at A and B. Note that s = 0 when the
cylinders are removed.

## 12. Determine the stretch in each of the two springs

required to hold the 20 kg crate in the equilibrium
position shown. Each spring has an unstretched length
of 2 m and a stiffness of k = 300 N/m.

## 13. Determine the force in each cable used to lift the

9.50 Mg surge arrester at constant velocity.

## 14. Collar A weighing

170 N, which can slide
freely on the quarter
circle, is held in
equilibrium by cable
AB.
a) Determine the
tension in the cable.
b) Determine the
magnitude and the
components of the
contact force acting
on the collar from the
circle.

4.5 m

3.4 m

8
15

r =3.4 m

## 15. If the maximum allowable tension in cables AB

and AC is 2000 N, determine the maximum height z
to which the 800
N crate can be lifted. What
horizontal force F must be applied?
z

2m

2m
C
A

1.5 m
3m

F
y

W=800 N