# Homework Help: Moving pulley problem

1. Feb 5, 2013

### Jay9313

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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Cable ABC has a length of 5 m. Determine the position x and the tension developed in ABC required for equilibrium of the 100 kg sack. Neglect the size of the pulley

2. Relevant equations
TABCosθ + TBCCos$\phi$=0
TABSinθ + TBCSin$\phi$=980N
I also have the distance from C to the pulley (in x direction) is 3.5-x

3. The attempt at a solution
My attempt at the solution so far is
TABCosθ = TBCCos$\phi$
I can rearrange the trig functions themselves, but I'm missing a height component, but I don't even know if that's the right track.

2. Feb 5, 2013

### Jay9313

I have also managed to introduce a few new variables. I have introduced h+H=5 (The length of the rope) and y and y+0.75

3. Feb 5, 2013

### haruspex

Consider the 'free body' diagram for a thin vertical slice of the rope directly under the pulley (thin compared with radius of pulley). What does this tell you about the tension each side?

4. Oct 28, 2013

### bigu01

Tension is the same. I tried to find similar triangles and worked with them but I am getting equations with x^4.