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Homework Help: About tension of rope

  1. Dec 3, 2007 #1
    Hi, for this question
    this is the solution for (b)

    May I know why for centripetal motion, it is mg=mv^2/r, but not mg+T=mv^2/r (T is the tension of the rope)?
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  3. Dec 3, 2007 #2


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    Because the rope is acting perpendicular to the motion and is prescisely enough to offset the force of gravity in that direction.
  4. Dec 3, 2007 #3
    Sorry, I am not very clear for the explanation.
    I assume "the rope is acting perpendicular to the motion" is the downward force for the tension of rope, visually, it is two forces acting on the object, one is the tension of rope, one is the gravitational force, I am not sure what is the incorrectness of my thinking...
  5. Dec 3, 2007 #4


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    Don't forget that you are looking for just enough energy to have the pendulum complete a full circle around the peg.....in which case there is no tension at the top of its circle, and the only force acting on the pendulum is gravity at that particular point.
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