Beam analysis is the process of studying the behavior of a beam when imposed with loads. It serves as our preliminary phase before going to the design stage - finding the suitable material, size, and shape of the beam.

## What is A Full Analysis?

How much information do we need to know about our beam? When do we say that a beam is fully solved? Generally, that would depend on the problem, but it would consist of four parts:

- Assessing its stability
- Finding the reactions
- Solving for internal force and stresses
- And analyzing the deflections

The internal forces of a beam would entail solving for shear and moment. Axial forces and torsion may get involved, but we'll limit most discussions to shear and moment unless otherwise stated.