1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data A flagpole of mass 25kg and length 2.5m is held in a horizontal position by a cable at 30° from the end of the pole. The centre of gravity is 1.5m from the fixed end. Determine: 1. the tension in the cable. 2. the vertical component of the force at the fixed end of the pole. 2. Relevant equations moment = force x perpendicular distance from a stated point 3. The attempt at a solution Well I was away for the lesson in which we covered moments, couples and torques etc and I really don't understand. I manage to calculate the length of the cable which I got to be 2.89m but I'm pretty sure this is irrelevent. Can somebody possibly point me in the right direction as where to start?