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[SOLVED] FBD troubles

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I am looking at 3-15 (with diagram). I am having trouble since there is no angle given.

I have so far $-F+F_{ax}+F_{cx}=0$ and in y direction $F_{ay}=F{cy}$.

Since the y components are equal, the springs have equal unstretched lengths, can I assume that the angle they make with the horizontal must be $45^\circ$?

Or that since the vertical distance between the B and A must be 3 meters?
Or is this not the way to be looking at it?

Thanks,
Casey
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 Recognitions: Gold Member Science Advisor Staff Emeritus Pythagoras is the simple answer here. you can split the diagram into 2 right angled triangles with side lengths d and 3m.
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[SOLVED] FBD troubles

Hint: Let be $$\theta$$ the angle that the springs make with the horizontal. Then:

$$\cos\theta=\frac{d}{\sqrt{d^2+9}}$$

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 Quote by Saladsamurai Since the y components are equal, the springs have equal unstretched lengths, can I assume that the angle they make with the horizontal must be $45^\circ$? Or that since the vertical distance between the B and A must be 3 meters? Or is this not the way to be looking at it? Thanks, Casey
Thanks guys. Could you answer my original question too? Is this why I have enough info^^? Since y components are equal and the springs are identical implies that the angle is bisected?

Thanks
 Yes, since the two springs have the same stiffnes and the same unstretched lengths, when you apply them a force, they stretched to the same length. Therefore they form an isoceles triangle.
 Recognitions: Gold Member I am not sure what I'm doing wrong here. The hypoteneuse=3.354m then I should have the magnitude of the spring force as $F_s=-ks=-500(3.354-6)=1323 N$. Then I have in the x direction for the applied force $F_A=F_s\cos\theta +F_s\cos\theta=2*1323\cos63^\circ=1.2kN$ But my answer key says 158 N I got the angle from $\arctan\frac{3}{1.5}=63.43^\circ$
 $$F_s=500(3.345-\bold{3})$$ The lenght of each spring is 3m.
 Recognitions: Gold Member It says in the problem statement each spring has an unstretched length of 6 m. $F_s=-ks=-k(l_f-l_o)$ Where are you getting 3? Thanks for the help so far by the way. :)
 Recognitions: Homework Help Unstretched length of each spring is 3 m. Thereforer stretching is 3.354 - 3 = 0.354m. Now calculate the force.
 But the diagram shows that each spring has an unstretched length of 3 m. Maybe the statement is ambiguous...? Moreover, in this case: $$l_f>l_o$$

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 Quote by chuy $$F_s=500(3.345-\bold{3})$$ The lenght of each spring is 3m.
 Quote by rl.bhat Unstretched length of each spring is 3 m. Thereforer stretching is 3.354 - 3 = 0.354m. Now calculate the force.
Okay, maybe I was brainwashed or something but I'll ask again: WHERE do you see something that says the 'unstretched spring is 3 m'???

OP says length of unstretched spring=6 m

Thanks,

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 Quote by chuy But the diagram shows that each spring has an unstretched length of 3 m. Maybe the statement is ambiguous...? Moreover, in this case: $$l_f>l_o$$
I see your point chuy. I don't know why the statement says that, but this does get me the correct answer.

I'll take it up with the author!
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 Quote by rl.bhat WHERE do you see something that says the 'unstretched spring is 3 m'??? In the quote it is given that unstretched length of AB and BC is equal to 6 m. Then ,from the diagram, obviuosly unstretche length of each spring is 3 m.
AH HA! Thank you, was taking that to mean EACH, but 6m means the COMBINED length of the TWO.

Thanks rl.bhat. Thanks chuy.