1. ## mechanics help (moments)

I am stuck on question 4b, if anyone can have a look at my attachment and help ?

I keep getting a negative answer. Here's my working;

the reactions at point Q and R = $\displaystyle 2Y + Y = 120g$
$\displaystyle 3Y = 120g$

$\displaystyle y = 40g$

so the reaction at point q = 80g and reaction at point r = 40g, is this bit correct?

taking moments about 'Q' $\displaystyle 40g \times 0.4m + 40g \times 1.6m = 588(0.8m-xm) + 20g \times 0.8m$

is this moments equation correct? cause when I solve for 'xm' it gives me -0.26 ?

2. ## Moments

Hello Tweety
Originally Posted by Tweety
the reactions at point Q and R = $\displaystyle 2Y + Y = 120g$
$\displaystyle 3Y = 120g$

$\displaystyle y = 40g$

so the reaction at point q = 80g and reaction at point r = 40g, is this bit correct?
Yes
Originally Posted by Tweety
taking moments about 'Q' $\displaystyle 40g \times 0.4m + 40g \times 1.6m = 588(0.8m-xm) + 20g \times 0.8m$

is this moments equation correct? cause when I solve for 'xm' it gives me -0.26 ?
No, it's not. I assume that $\displaystyle x$ is the distance QX? If so, then the $\displaystyle (0.8m - xm)$ term in your equation should simply be $\displaystyle xm$. Leave the weight of Arthur as $\displaystyle 60g$, and you get:

$\displaystyle 40g \times 0.4m + 40g \times 1.6m = 60g\times xm + 20g \times 0.8m$

$\displaystyle \Rightarrow 16 + 64 = 60x + 16$

$\displaystyle \Rightarrow x = \frac{64}{60}=1.07$

So QX is 1.07 m.