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I tried this last night. Got the same numbers you did. 5220 kg doesn't even make sense for the first part because it's not enough support. The part you're missing for the 2nd part is 16 m. Weight acts at the center of the bridge, then you can solve for F1.
@peachpi, yeah the answer for the first problem is 6000 kg, but there are 2 asnwers for the second problem... I need help with the second one only
Is there another question for the 2nd problem?
They only ask for mass as far as I can tell
they are asking for the mass of the northern pier of the bridge.... so I don't know which answer it is or how you get the answers
how do I figure out which one is north and which one is south?
North is the one closest to the truck. That's why I switched to N and S as subscripts to make it a little easier If you take the moment about the north side it's \[\sum M_N=-(9~m)(29400~N)-(16~m)(88200~N)-(32~m)F_S=0\] Solving that gives the force on the south support
That should be + 32 Fs
For the north you can do the same, take the moment about the south end \[\sum M_S=(23~m)(29400~N)+(16~m)(88200~N)-(32~m)F_N=0\]
I got this: F1 (32.0 m) = (88200 N) (16 m) + (29400 N) (9.00 m) F1 (32.0 m) = 1675800 F1 = 1675800 / 32 m F1 = 52368
yeah that's what I got, then when you divide by 9.8 you'll get 5343.75 kg
that's for the south pier
for the north pier you can use the equation above or just subtract from 12000
but the answers are 5220 kg & 6580 kg , not what we got
that's what I was saying above, those answers don't make sense. They don't even add up to 12,000 kg, which is the amount of mass that has to be supported
well, those are the answers in the back of the book.... are you sure our equation is right? why do we divide by gravity? I am not understanding it
I divided by gravity because they asked for mass, not force. The equation is right. The answer makes no sense. The mass of the bridge and truck is 9000 + 3000 = 12000 kg. The answers for the supports are 5220 + 6580 = 11800 kg. This would mean the mass on the bridge is 200 kg more than it can support. Those answers cannot be right, unless something is missing from the problem
I put the wrong answer, in the back of the book the problem is asking he mass must each pier of the bridge support, which the correct answer is 6000 kg
I'm confused. that's for the 1st question, right?
sorry, i am confusing myself, yea that is for the 1st, but yeah the book says 5220 kg, 6580 kg for the second question...... I don't get it.....
so did you get 5543.75 (south), and how do you solve for north?
You can set up a moment equation from the south side, like I did above. Or you can just subtract the south from 12000
since we know they have to add up to 12000
so 6456.25 (north)
okay, so the answer is 6460 ? I hope we solved this correctly :/
yeah ok if you round
hmmm, okay. thanks for your help
The correct answer (at least for my purposes) ended up being 6655 +/- 10