**What is a Point Load Calculator**?

A “Point Load Calculator” is a tool used to calculate the reaction force at a support or point in a structure due to an applied load at a specific distance from the support.

It is commonly used in structural engineering to assess the impact of loads on supports.

**Why use a Point Load Calculator**?

Using this calculator is important for several reasons:

- Structural analysis: It helps engineers determine the forces acting on supports in a structure.
- Design optimization: Assessing point loads aids in designing supports that can safely withstand applied loads.
- Load distribution: Understanding the reaction forces is crucial for designing structures with proper load distribution.

## Point Load Calculator

**How to use a Point Load Calculator**:

- Input the applied load (in pounds).
- Input the distance from the support (in feet) where the load is applied.
- Input the span length (in feet) from the support to the end of the span.
- Click the "Calculate" button.
- The calculator estimates the reaction force at the support due to the point load.

**Example calculation**:

If you input an applied load of 500 pounds, a distance of 5 feet from the support, and a span length of 10 feet, the calculator will estimate that the reaction force at the support is approximately 250 pounds.

This calculation is based on the user's input and the formula for calculating reaction forces.

Please note that this is a simplified example, and the actual calculation may involve additional factors depending on the specific structural analysis requirements.

Adjust the input values accordingly for your specific application.

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