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Need help solving tension problem.

  1. Sep 13, 2008 #1


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    Knowing that portions AC and BC of cable ACB must be equal, determine the shortest length of cable that can be used to support the load shown if the tension in the cable is not to exceed 870 N.

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    i am lost and not sure how to approach the problem.

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  3. Sep 13, 2008 #2


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    Hi X8V,

    Try drawing a force diagram for the point C. What does that give you?
  4. Sep 14, 2008 #3


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    I think i figured it out. Here's what I did.

    T'=1200 N

    Fx = - Tcosθ + Tcosθ = 0
    Fy = Tsinθ + Tsinθ - 1200N = 0

    2Tsinθ = 1200N
    2(870N)sinθ = 1200N
    (1740N)sinθ = 1200N
    sinθ = 1200N / 1740N
    θ = 43.6 degrees

    h = 1.8m / sin43.6
    h = 2.61m

    5.22m is the minimum length the cable can achieve when T=870N
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