In general, the deflection of a beam depends on the distribution of its load. In theory, a load may have virtually any shape. For this document, however, we will only consider loads whose weight distribution can be modeled by simple mathematical functions.

In the exposition that follows, we will let *L * be the total
length of the beam and we let *x * measure the position along
the beam (with *x=0 * being the left-hand endpoint of the
beam.)

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