free body diagram


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A schematic that represents a formless body in space, which is in complete equilibrium, regardless of the forces acting on it

free body diagram

a method of analysis of the force and motion characteristics of a body or object by drawing a simplified version of the external forces acting on it.
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ForceEffect provides an intuitive environment for drawing, constraining and simulating concepts using free body diagrams by simply tapping objects to select, move, rotate and scale.
Considered a standard in the course, Juvinall and Marshek's, Machine Component Design continues to focus on the fundamentals of component design - free body diagrams, force flow concepts, failure theories, and fatigue design, with applications to fasteners, springs, bearings, gears, clutches, and brakes.
Through text discussion and assignable homework problems students will learn that drawing free body diagrams is the most important skill needed to learn how to solve mechanics problems.