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Physics Tension Force Homework Problem

  1. Sep 12, 2011 #1
    I need some help with this problem. A ball of mass m is suspended from 2 strings of unequal length. The tensions in T1 and T2 in the strings must satisfy which of the following relations? The answer is T1<T2. I can't get a lucite in but T1 is on the left and sloping down to the right on an incline while T2 is nearly straight down. U2 is the long string and T2 is the short string.
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  3. Sep 12, 2011 #2
    Try equating the horizontal components of the tension. You know that the object is in static equilibrium and so there is no horizontal force on it. Working backwards from the fact that the horizontal components must be equal will give you an idea for the relative proportions of the tensions.
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