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Forces acting on a hanging peg

  1. Nov 23, 2013 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    "A picture is supported vertically by a wire that is looped over a horizontal light peg P. There is no friction between the wire and the peg."

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    How would the free body diagram of the forces acting on the peg look like?

    2. Relevant equations

    None

    3. The attempt at a solution

    I know there's two forces along the wire coming out from the peg, but how about the upward forces? What provides the upward force to keep the peg in equilibrium?
     

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  3. Nov 23, 2013 #2

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    Besides the wire, what other object is in contact with the peg?
     
  4. Nov 24, 2013 #3
    The inside of the wall?
     
  5. Nov 24, 2013 #4

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    Yes.
     
  6. Nov 24, 2013 #5
    But the inside of the wall can act on the peg in any direction. So if the wire acts on the peg in other directions, the inside of the wall will just automatically balance it by acting in the opposite direction?
     
  7. Nov 24, 2013 #6

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    Yes.
     
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