$\Sigma M_A = 0$

$12R_C = 4(900) + 18(400) + 9[(60)(18)]$

$R_C = 1710 \, \text{lb}$

$\Sigma M_C = 0$

$12R_A + 6(400) = 8(900) + 3[60(18)]$

$R_A = 670 \, \text{lb}$

**Segment AB:**

$V_{AB} = 670 - 60x \, \text{lb}$

$M_{AB} = 670x - 60x(x/2)$

$M_{AB} = 670x - 30x^2 \, \text{lb}\cdot\text{ft}$

**Segment BC:**

$V_{BC} = 670 - 900 - 60x$

$V_{BC} = -230 - 60x \, \text{lb}$

$M_{BC} = 670x - 900(x - 4) - 60x(x/2)$

$M_{BC} = 3600 - 230x - 30x^2 \, \text{lb}\cdot\text{ft}$

**Segment CD:**

$V_{CD} = 670 + 1710 - 900 - 60x$

$V_{CD} = 1480 - 60x \, \text{lb}$

$M_{CD} = 670x + 1710(x - 12) - 900(x - 4) - 60x(x/2)$

$M_{CD} = -16920 + 1480x - 30x^2 \, \text{lb}\cdot\text{ft}$

**To draw the Shear Diagram:**

- V
_{AB} = 670 - 60x for segment AB is linear; at x = 0, V_{AB}= 670 lb; at x = 4 ft, V_{AB} = 430 lb.
- For segment BC, V
_{BC} = -230 - 60x is also linear; at x= 4 ft, V_{BC} = -470 lb, at x = 12 ft, V_{BC} = -950 lb.
- V
_{CD} = 1480 - 60x for segment CD is again linear; at x = 12, V_{CD} = 760 lb; at x = 18 ft, V_{CD} = 400 lb.

**To draw the Moment Diagram:**

- M
_{AB} = 670x - 30x^{2} for segment AB is a second degree curve; at x = 0, M_{AB} = 0; at x = 4 ft, M_{AB} = 2200 lb·ft.
- For BC, M
_{BC} = 3600 - 230x - 30x^{2}, is a second degree curve; at x = 4 ft, M_{BC} = 2200 lb·ft, at x = 12 ft, M_{BC} = -3480 lb·ft; When M_{BC} = 0, 3600 - 230x - 30x^{2} = 0, x = -15.439 ft and 7.772 ft. Take x = 7.772 ft, thus, the moment is zero at 3.772 ft from B.
- For segment CD, M
_{CD} = -16920 + 1480x - 30x^{2} is a second degree curve; at x = 12 ft, M_{CD} = -3480 lb·ft; at x = 18 ft, M_{CD} = 0.

## Comments

## Reactions

can someone please explain why in reactions we are multiplying 9*60*18 and 3*60*18...when we could have divided the udl into 2 sections of 12 and 6 fts respectively and solve for the moments accordingly

## No need to divide the UDL

No need to divide the UDL into 2 sections because it is continuous. It would be simpler that way. You can also do what you suggest and arrived to the same result, but, if I judge it from my own perspective, I can say that it is unnecessary.

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