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Homework Help: Please Confirm! Monkey Question

  1. Oct 23, 2005 #1

    A 5.0 kilogram monkey hangs initially at rest from two vines, A and B. Each vine is 10 meters in length with negligible mass.

    Vine A is on the left with an angle of 30 degrees from the horizontal from the monkey and B is at 60 degrees from the horizontal of the angle next to the monkey.

    1. Determine the tension of B while it is at rest
    2. Determine the speed of the monkey.
    3. Determine the tension of vine B at the lowest point through the swing.

    Here is what i got:
    1. T=Wcos(theta)
    =(5)(9.81)(cos 60)

    2. PE(i)=KE(f)

    3. T=mg+F(centripital)
    =62.192 N

    Can anybody confirm this for me? I have been stuck on this problem for like 2 hours, Im confused if i calculated the tension in part 1 right or if i accidentlly did the tension for vine A instead. This is my worst part of physics, so any help would be appreciated!

    I see that the angles are compliments, so if i mess up on sine and cosine usage i will get the tension for the opposite vine. Thats why i dont know if im doing this right.
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  3. Oct 24, 2005 #2


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    Does the first attachment looks like the arrangement of what is happening ?
    http://img483.imageshack.us/img483/1479/apple1gj.th.jpg [Broken]
    The monkey is being supported by two vines. So both vines have a component in the vertical direction supporting the weight of the monkey.
    To solve part a), you have to resolve the tensions in the vines into both horizontal and vertical forces. Then do a balance of forces with them, viz.

    [tex]\Sigma F_V = 0[/tex]
    [tex]\Sigma F_H = 0[/tex]

    Should end up with two eqns in two unknowns, TA and TB.
    Do you have a problem determing whether to use sine or cosine ?
    I use the definition of sine and cosine to help me figure it out. Perhaps the attachment2 will help.
    http://img483.imageshack.us/img483/779/apple28za.th.jpg [Broken]

    About part b). How does the monkey move ?
    Does it leap off a branch so many metres above its lowest point ?

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