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    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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    These problems require two physics concepts in statics: that the sum of the forces in all directions be zero (Newton's first law) and that the torque ...

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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.