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Posted by **jeff** on Monday, December 8, 2008 at 12:35am.

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**drwls**, Monday, December 8, 2008 at 2:00amYou need three equations to solve for the unknown mass M and the forces at each sawhorse, F1 and F2

One of the equations is F2 = 3 F1

Another equation can be

F1 + F2 = 4 F1 = (12 + 15 + M)g

The third equation should be a moment equation. I suggest you take it about the point of contact of the sawhorse on the right.

F1*2.6 - 15g*2.0 - 12g*1.3 - Mg*0.3 = 0

You should draw yourself a figure of the loaded plank to see where the lever arm length coefficients came from.

Now you have two equations in two unknowns, M and F1. Solve for M. The g factor can be canceled out when solving for M.

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