Ask Symmetra: Unbearably Stacked
Elegant solutions to complex problems
In the last few months my life has become a stack of responsibilities, always getting higher and heavier. I'm worried I won't be able to bear up under the load.
What can I do? ÑK.E.
Stay calm, and assess the situation. The main thing is to avoid collapse.
The collapsing load for a given column is
where c expresses the safe compressive stresses for very short lengths of you, A is your cross-sectional area, h is your height, d is the smallest diameter or width of your cross-section, and c is a constant whose value you probably already know.
Do the calculation. Once you know your limit, just be careful to maintain a good margin of safety.
Then you can relax!
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