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Equilibrium and Gravitation

  1. Nov 27, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    Consider the diagram shown below of a flagpole of length, h. The flag is blowing in the wind exerting a force, F, horizontally on the flagpole a distance of 0.8h above the ground. The flagpole itself is hinged at the bottom and is kept upright by a light, inextensible guide rope that makes an angle \theta to the horizontal. What is the tension, T, in the guide rope?





    3. The attempt at a solution
    This question has the force starting not from the top but only at 0.8h, please give me some hints to start this question and I'll try to handle it from there. I don't know how or where to start.
     

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  3. Nov 27, 2009 #2

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    Consider the criteria for rotational equilibrium.
     
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