# Homework Help: Maximum Tension Question

1. Feb 9, 2014

### tdreceiver17

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
The maximum tension the string can have without breaking is Tmax. Derive an expression for Vmax, the maximum speed the ball can have at point Q without breaking the string.

2. Relevant equations
F=ma
Vc=(mv^2)/r
T=mg+ma
3. The attempt at a solution
I thought I could do T+mg=mv^2/r because mv^2/r-mg would give you the max speed to keep the same tension and anything great would produce a greater tension that the string doesn't have causing it to break. So, I pulled out a common factor in m and got a common denominator giving me m((v^2-gr)/r)=T

2. Feb 9, 2014

### tdreceiver17

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3. Feb 9, 2014

### jackarms

Careful, the equation you have is incorrect -- tension and weight force act in opposite directions at point Q, so this needs to be reflected in their signs.

4. Feb 9, 2014

### tdreceiver17

Thats what I thought at first but wanted to try something new. So is it the same thing I have put down but with a plus sign?

5. Feb 9, 2014

### jackarms

What I mean is that you have this:

but T and mg cannot have the same sign. There has to be a negative somewhere on the left.

6. Feb 9, 2014

### tdreceiver17

-T+mg=mv^2/r ?

7. Feb 9, 2014

### jackarms

No, you're mixing up your signs. Start with this:

At Q, which way do both forces point, and which way does the acceleration point?

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