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I don't fully understand what they are asking here? Is this an engineering problem?
Oh sorry let me post you the rest of the problem.
Imagine forces in the x-direction (i.e. lateral force). Which would be able to support this better? |dw:1436916709996:dw|
For the rectangular structure, any lateral support is provided by the joints. In the triangular structure, this support is provided by the joints but also by the diagonal segments. I have drawn arrow to show some of the vector forces.
How do you know if something has lateral support or not?
Resolve forces into the x and y direction. These forces need to be transmitted from the base to the upper supports. No x-forces can be supported by the segments in the rectangular structure.
So can you just say that with like eighth grade vocabulary?
So what property would that carry?
I'm not sure what properties you are learning. Geometrically, a triangle is is a more \(stable\) structure.
Okay thank you. I have two physics question. Can you can help me with them?