Find tension in cables with forces acting on them.

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Homework Statement



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Assuming the pulley at D to be frictionless, determine the force values in cable members AC and BC due to the 300 N weight force for the system depicted in Fig. 3.


Homework Equations



F=ma (or F=mg)
Sin cos and tan functions

Not sure what else would be relevant here.


The Attempt at a Solution



I made the tension of the wire with the weight attached to be 300N (the force of the weight). From this i found:

Total horizontal force at C = 289.778N
Total vertical force at C = 77.646N

At first I thought that if i halved the horizontal force (289.778/2 = 144.889) then I could use that to find each section separately, but I have a gut feeling that it won't work that way.... Help??
 

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