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### Lecture Description

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The objectives of this video are to give an introductory overview to distributed loads followed by a brief discussion on how to resolve the given distributed loads into an equivalent resultant force. At first, the video shows a schematic diagram of a beam subjected to a uniformly distributed loads i.e., forces that act across the length of the structure. Next, the video tries to clear the concept of UDL by means of a person horizontal & vertical positioning over a structural element. The video, then, talks about the steps of moment calculations for distributed loads.

Moving on, the video shows how to resolve the given distributed into an equivalent resultant point load doing a workout on an exemplary problem. A point load can be easily calculated from UDL by multiplying the given value of UDL with the length of the structure across which the UDL is acting over. Next, the video shows how to calculate the lever arm position followed by the calculations of moment at left edge of the beam. Overall, the video tries to give a brief inside to distributed loads.

### Course Description

Mechanics, the study of forces and physical bodies, underpins a very large proportion of all forms of engineering. A thorough understanding of mechanics is essential to any successful engineer. This course helps develop an understanding of the nature of forces with consideration for how they may be simplified in an engineering context. The conditions of equilibrium are then used to solve a number of problems in 2D and 3D before moving on to a broad range of topics including centroids, distributed loads, friction and virtual work. The course will also provide an introduction to dynamics, with a particular focus on the effects that forces have upon motion.