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Homework Help: Another problem I am stumped on

  1. Sep 26, 2004 #1
    A 26.5 kg chandelier hangs from a ceiling on a vertical 4.11 m long wire. What horizontal force would be necessary to displace its position 0.100 m to one side?

    What will be the tension in the wire?

    I'm really confused about how to use the available information especially the length of the wire.
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  3. Sep 26, 2004 #2


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    Note that the sum of the forces acting on the chandelier must be zero. Also, force is a vector and one of the forces is horizontal while a second is vertical. How the length enters should become apparent once you've completed the force balance! :-)
  4. Sep 26, 2004 #3
    Could you be referring to the use of vector componants to solve the equation?
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