Analysis of Reaction Forces In a Beam Leaning Against a Wall

Date of Award

Spring 2012

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Physics and Engineering


Despite the ubiquity of the situation of a ladder standing against a wall, there does not yet exist a universally accepted, valid solution for the mechanical problem. In addition to being a socially relevant problem, it requires the use of interesting analytical techniques in statics and the mechanics of solids to fully address. Here, we present a model of the physics of a ladder and determine the reaction forces on the ladder.


Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Science in Physics and Engineering. Full text is unavailable.