# Free Body Diagram of a Crane

In the crane shown in the figure, the member BG weighs 600lb, which is considered to act midway between B and F. If other weights of members are neglected, what will be the forces in the two tension rods? What will be the horizontal and vertical components of the reactions at A and B?

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This is a relatively complex crane problem that involves both static force calculations and trigonometric geometry (triangles, sines, cosines, and tangents). A detailed step-by-step solution is given in both Word and pdf formats. Student should have basic understanding of trigonometry and algebra.

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Christopher Yeung, PhD

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BASc, University of Toronto
PhD, Johns Hopkins University

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"Thank you so much Christopher Yeung, PHD. I understood it a lot better, even though it takes me a little longer to figure out where all the components go. I hope you can help me with the rest of my problems. Elisa"

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