# three strings and a weight, need tensions in strings

by thedarkone80
Tags: strings, tensions, weight
 P: 8 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data You have three strings holding a 20kg weight, all tied to a ceiling above the weight, one centered right above the weight, the other two tied to the string at equal angles. What is the tension in each of the cables 2. Relevant equations Fnet=0 3. The attempt at a solution Tension 1 (x)= T1 cos theta Tension 1 (y)= -T1sin theta -n Tension 2 (x)= 0 Tension 2 (y)=mg+T2-n Tension 3 (x)= -T3cos theta Tension 3 (y)= -T3sin theta -n I really dont know if this is right, and what in the world the angle would be, i need help. Thanks
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 Quote by thedarkone80 3. The attempt at a solution Tension 1 (x)= T1 cos theta Tension 1 (y)= -T1sin theta -n Tension 2 (x)= 0 Tension 2 (y)=mg+T2-n Tension 3 (x)= -T3cos theta Tension 3 (y)= -T3sin theta -n I really dont know if this is right, and what in the world the angle would be, i need help. Thanks
For a problem like this, you need to:

1. Draw a free body diagram , showing each force that acts on the weight.
2. Set up separate Fnet=0 equations for the horizontal and vertical directions.

Have you drawn the free body diagram ? If it's not easy to post the drawing, can you at least list all the forces acting on the weight?

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