When using the Integration Method, is it more beneficial to use definite integrals using boundary conditions and reaction forces, or using indefinite integrals and finding the constant of integration?

Is it necessary to show the Equilibrium step for this type of problem that uses 4th-order integration? Example 11.8 in the lecture book is very similar to this problem and it shows the Equilibrium step, but the resulting equations from that step are never used later to find the deflection curve.

Are the conditions of q(0) = q(2L) = 0 the only boundary conditions we need to solve this problem?

Hey Lukas, there are other more useful boundary conditions that you could use such as the ones from the fixed at A and support at C

Do we need to solve for the equivalent force in order to get the expressions?

Yes, you can solve for Q by integrating the q expression with proper boundary limits

Do we need to solve for the constants in the expressions?

Yes you need to solve for the constants.

Are we supposed to solve in terms of q0?

Yes. The answer should be in terms of q0

Is it reasonable to assume that the reactions at either end of the beam would be equivalent?

I would say you can't assume they are equivalent, but when using the fourth order method you only need Ma and Ay in you integration equations

When using the Integration Method, is it more beneficial to use definite integrals using boundary conditions and reaction forces, or using indefinite integrals and finding the constant of integration?

Is it necessary to show the Equilibrium step for this type of problem that uses 4th-order integration? Example 11.8 in the lecture book is very similar to this problem and it shows the Equilibrium step, but the resulting equations from that step are never used later to find the deflection curve.

What are the units of deflection? is it mm? m?

Because this problem is symbolic, we do not know what the unit of the deflection is. It is correct that the deflection is a unit of length though.

Based on the question, i think it is just length unit. And since this question is fully symbolic, I just left one as the unit.