# Homework Help: Mechanics help !

1. Oct 29, 2005

### elle

Mechanics help plz!

Hi, can anyone help me with the following mechanics question:

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I've attempted this question but I'm stuck on how i can prove that θ = 45°

I've constructed a diagram but I havent scanned it but what i've got so far is from the diagram at point C, by resolving horizontally i find that the tensions, say T1 and T2 are equal to each other and I label this as T.

Resolving vertically I get 2T cos θ - w = 0

for the bead on the far left, by resolving horizontally I got:

F1 - T1 sin θ = 0 (F1 being the force acting towards the left)

vertically I get: N1 - T1 cos θ - w = 0

For the bead on the far right
, by resolving horizontally I get:

F2 - t2 sin θ = 0

vertically:

N2 - T2 cos θ = 0

And this is where I'm stuck...I don't know where to go from here. Am I on the rght track? Can anyone help? Thanks! Sorry again that I havent provided my diagram

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2. Oct 29, 2005

### Physics Monkey

Ok, a couple things here that you need to work on.

Sorry, I misread the question, ignore my first comment (which I have now deleted).

Second, you left out the weight in the vertical force equation for the point B on the far right.

Third, you need to figure out how the condition that the beads A and B be as far apart as possible plays into things. Here is a hint: what is the maximum horizontal force of friction that bead A can feel? What about bead B?

Last edited: Oct 29, 2005
3. Oct 29, 2005

### elle

hmm I still don't understand...

4. Oct 29, 2005

### Physics Monkey

Where does the horizontal force on bead A that balances the tension come from? What is the maximum value this force can have? Answer the same thing for B.

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