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Max tension help

  1. Apr 25, 2004 #1
    Here is the question:

    2 cords support a chandelier. The upper wire makes an angle of 45 degrees with the ceiling. The second cord is parallel to the ceiling. If the cords can sustain a force of 1000N without breaking, what is the maximum weight that can be supported?

    I understand everything, but I don't know how to get the maximum weight. I feel I need more information.
     
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  3. Apr 25, 2004 #2

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    You have all the info needed.

    If you understand everything, you should be able to find the tension in each wire as a function of the weight of the chandelier. Which tension is bigger? What weight will cause that tension to equal 1000N?
     
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