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# M2 Statics (Edexcel) watch

1. (Original post by Katiee224)
I understand this, but i'm confused how to solve from the point where the lines of action of R and P meet like in the example

we need an equation where F is the subject
If this is the new textbook I highly recommend you don't use that method. I took the exam last year and in all honesty that method really isn't very useful, just take moments about a point such that you only have one variable left in (normally if it's a ladder they have a rough floor and smooth wall, so you would take moments about the contact point with the floor to get rid of the normal reaction with the floor and the friction in your moments equation). Then just use the resolved forces (forces up=forces down, forces left =forces right) and get the answer
2. (Original post by aymanzayedmannan)
There is no need to take moments about that point, I feel it unnecessarily complicates things. Taking moments about B would also give you the answer you require.The Edexcel M2 textbook introduces this strange method of taking moments about where the two forces meet, but to be honest, I've never used it while doing past papers.
(Original post by samb1234)
If this is the new textbook I highly recommend you don't use that method. I took the exam last year and in all honesty that method really isn't very useful, just take moments about a point such that you only have one variable left in (normally if it's a ladder they have a rough floor and smooth wall, so you would take moments about the contact point with the floor to get rid of the normal reaction with the floor and the friction in your moments equation). Then just use the resolved forces (forces up=forces down, forces left =forces right) and get the answer
I will take both your advice and disregard this method as it's too difficult for me

thanks for the help guys, i will complete this chapter one day and when i do i will be so happy
3. (Original post by Katiee224)
I will take both your advice and disregard this method as it's too difficult for me

thanks for the help guys, i will complete this chapter one day and when i do i will be so happy
Good luck and may N2L be with you!
4. (Original post by Katiee224)
I will take both your advice and disregard this method as it's too difficult for me

thanks for the help guys, i will complete this chapter one day and when i do i will be so happy
No problem, if you need anymore help feel free to ask

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