# Free body diagram

1. Mar 14, 2014

### princejan7

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

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Can someone explain why the FBD of Block C would involve three cord tensions?

2. Relevant equations

3. The attempt at a solution

2. Mar 14, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Whoever is claiming that is probably considering the bottom pulley, which is connected to block C, as part of the block C system. Perfectly OK.

But you certainly do not have to! If you consider block C separately, you'll also need a diagram for that bottom pulley.

3. Mar 14, 2014

### SteamKing

Staff Emeritus
It can't. There are only two cords directly connected to block C.

Now, if you were to make a horizontal cut between the two smaller sheaves, you would have the tension in three cords to consider.

4. Mar 14, 2014

### princejan7

http://postimg.org/image/oxb74l6t1/

so here they've considered the block + the bottom pulley as the system?
is there any reason for why they did that instead of just considering Block C as the system?

5. Mar 14, 2014

### Staff: Mentor

Yes, for the purpose of that FBD they consider 'block + bottom pulley' as a single unit.

Just saves a bit of time. If you just considered Block C alone, you'd have to do another FBD for the bottom pulley to figure out the tension in the cable connecting it to the block. No big deal; either way is fine.