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AnneP

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## Homework Statement

A steel cable is suspended between 2 fixed points that are 10m apart. A force of 12N pulls down at a point 6 m from the end of the cable (ie: the other part of the cable will be 4m). Find the tension in each section of the cable

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## The Attempt at a Solution

For a typical "hanging weight" question like this, I would use trigonometry to find the angle at which the cable was hanging, then add the 2 tension vectors to give the resultant force of 12N. This force triangle could be solved using the sine law. However, in this case, the cable is horizontal, so there are no angles to calculate, and I don't know how to make the force triangle.